When God destroys, it’s usually followed up with a process of restoration. We see this with Nineveh as we see God’s wrath upon Nineveh for their great disobedience and sin against God but as we see in verse 2, He is also using it to restore the majority of Jacob as the majesty of Israel. They were raided by Nineveh but they will be redeemed in the ashes of Nineveh. As the ESV Study Bible says: “Here Nahum gives one reason for the fall of Nineveh: God had used the Assyrians as his scourge of discipline on unfaithful Judah, but this scourge would no longer be needed because the LORD is restoring the majesty of Jacob. The true majesty of Judah, basically what was left of the nation Israel was spiritual, not secular or political. God separated Israel from the nations to be devoted to him; with them he made his covenants; from them would come the Messiah.”
This is a great example of God’s sovereignty in wrath and judgment. These things are looked upon as negative things about God but we know that God is ultimately good in His judgment and justice. If He wasn’t a just God who punishes evil, He wouldn’t be a good God. Beyond that, we see how He uses it for the restoration and reconciliation of His people whether it’s in discipline or teaching.
How has God used wrath and judgment in your life?
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor