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Nahum 1:1-11, Nahum Prophesies of God’s Wrath

Although it was not intentional, it is fitting that this is the text for the day on which the US elects a new president. This has been such a fiery, nasty, and ugly campaign. Just today I saw a news report about a woman who put an election sign in her yard that read, “Make America Kind Again.” She made up signs and totes and has sold out of them on her Etsy website.

People are craving kindness. People are desperate for positivity. Like the Israelites who were accustomed to a community that was living far from God’s will, it seems our community, our nation, has become accustomed to living far from God’s will. Let us pray and hope that we become part of the solution that makes this entire world kind, just, peaceful, and loving.

Nahum 1:1-11

An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.

A jealous and avenging God is the Lord, the Lord is avenging and wrathful; the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries and rages against his enemies. The Lord is slow to anger but great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. He rebukes the sea and makes it dry, and he dries up all the rivers; Bashan and Carmel wither, and the bloom of Lebanon fades. The mountains quake before him, and the hills melt; the earth heaves before him, the world and all who live in it. Who can stand before his indignation? Who can endure the heat of his anger? His wrath is poured out like fire, and by him the rocks are broken in pieces. The Lord is good, a stronghold in a day of trouble; he protects those who take refuge in him, even in a rushing flood. He will make a full end of his adversaries, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.

Why do you plot against the Lord? He will make an end; no adversary will rise up twice. Like thorns they are entangled, like drunkards they are drunk; they are consumed like dry straw. From you one has gone out who plots evil against the Lord, who counsels wickedness.