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Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble.”
Somewhere about this time the prophet Nahum was called to speak for the Lord: we will read his declaration against Assyria.
He loves his people too well to see them trampled upon and not avenge their wrongs. Assyria had carried away the ten tribes, and now threatened Judah, and therefore God in love to his people interposed;
He had borne patiently with the insolence of Sennacherib, but he was not insensible, and would ere long pour out his indignation.
Nahum 1:3 , Nahum 1:4
His longsuffering is often misunderstood, and the wicked dream that their crimes are overlooked, but they will speedily be undeceived.
Nahum 1:3 , Nahum 1:4
Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.
He can withhold the clouds, and then the most fruitful lands will be barren with drought.
Nahum 1:5 , Nahum 1:6
Lightning and earthquake are his servants, and none can stand against them.
This is a note of soft, sweet music, amid the thunder of divine power, falling most refreshingly upon the ear of faith.
His one stroke would be enough to break Assyria once for all.
While gathered together as thorns in a heap, a single flame from heaven would be enough to consume them.
Sennacherib is here described and denounced.
Nahum 1:12 , Nahum 1:13
In one night the deed was done, and Judah was delivered. Therefore the Lord says to his people:
As for the foe, he declares
Once had Nineveh been warned, and it for a while repented; but since it had returned to its old ways its doom was sealed, and as a city it would soon be dead and buried. Let travellers tell how fully this threatening has been fulfilled.
Joyful obedience was required of Judah on account of such a deliverance. We have been set free from a worse tyrant than Sennacherib, therefore let us rejoice in the Lord our God, and magnify his Son Jesus, the angel which redeemed us out of all evil.
Sinners, with joy look up!
The herald’s feet appear;
He comes from Zion’s sacred top,
The end of war and sin,
In Christ, your peace, obtain:
And when his kingdom reigns within,
It shall for ever reign.
“Wherewith shall I come before the Lord.”
Micah also came forward to support Isaiah’s testimony. Quite a company of holy seers shone forth like stars in the evening of Judah’s history. In the chapter which we are about to read, Micah’s far-seeing eye beheld the Lord Jesus in the glory of the latter days.
Micah 4:1 , Micah 4:2
God reserves his best things to the last. In Messiah’s days the true faith and the true church will have wide dominion; that which the material temple typified shall be fully revealed and reverenced far and wide.
For this unbroken peace we sigh; it will not come by means of civilisation, commerce and moral advancement: Jesus alone is the world’s Peacemaker.
From the poor relics of the Jewish nation we have received the gospel, and so in a spiritual sense mount Zion triumphs in her reigning Lord.
Micah 4:9 , Micah 4:10
Jerusalem was troubled sorely, but good would come of it; the people would be carried into Babylon, but God would deliver them. While Jesus lives, his church is safe.
Micah 4:11 , Micah 4:12
Faith beholds her enemies as sheaves for her to thresh, and by divine help she treads them down. We are more than conquerors, through our loving God.
No strife shall vex Messiah’s reign
Or mar those peaceful years;
To ploughshares men shall beat their swords,
To pruning-hooks their spears.
No longer hosts encountering hosts,
Their millions slain deplore;
They hang the trumpet in the hall,
And study war no more.
Come, then! oh come from every land,
To worship at his shrine,
And, walking in the light of God,
With holy beauties shine.