Thursday, July 23, 2015

Nahum, Day 3 Readings

Just Desserts for Assyria  

Today's reading promises that Assyria will receive the same treatment from God that it has given to the nations it has conquered.  While some empires moderated treatment of the nations they defeated, the Assyrians were particularly brutal (which is part of the reason why the book of Jonah is likely meant to be a commentary on the chosen people's myopia, rather than Assyria's unexpected reformation).  So no one outside of Assyria will be sad to see them utterly defeated -- which implies that God is fighting not only for Judah, but all of humanity in dealing with Assyria in this harsh manner.

Read Nahum 3:1-19  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Nahum 3 today.