April 20, 2012

Today you should read: Nahum 2

Nineveh is falling!

This is the cry of Nahum in this chapter. If you remember, Nineveh is the city Jonah was called to go to and call them to repent. Jonah, of course, ran away and was swallowed by a big fish and then later went to Nineveh and a repented (Jonah 3).

So what happened between Jonah chapter 3 and Nahum chapter 2? We don’t know but I think we can make an educated guess. You see, Nineveh was a wicked, cruel city. It was the capital city of the Assyrian empire — a cruel and violent people, bent on expansion and domination. So from this knowledge we can assume that Nineveh’s repentance was short lived. They turned to the Lord in the Book of Jonah but went back to their evil, prideful ways in the Book of Nahum.

We can learn a valuable lesson here:

Repentance is not a one-time thing; it is a constant process of turning away from and getting further from sin.

Many of us live life as though we can just say “Sorry” and then live how we want to because God has forgiven us of all our sin. Though that is true, it does not give us the right to live on in our sinful ways. (See Romans 6) So take a lesson from Nineveh, make repentance a moment by moment lifestyle, not a one-time deal. God wants us to grow closer to Him and in holiness — repentance is the way we do that.

Posted by: Robbie Byrd

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

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