Nahum 1:1-3:19, Revelation 8:1-13, Psalm 136:1-26, Proverbs 30:7-9
Today is the 17th day of December, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is a joy and a privilege and an honor to be here with you today, and a comfort too, to be around the Global Campfire together and move forward together is very, very comforting. It’s a comforting rhythm to be a part of. And so, I’m glad we could be together today. We are continuing our journey, obviously, through the Scriptures this year, but were continuing our journey through the minor prophets and so, we have reached the seventh of the minor prophets and we will read it in its entirety today.
Introduction to the Book of Nahum:
The book of Nahum. And there’s pretty much nothing known about Nahum’s life. His name, the name Nahum means comforts and the book of Nahum says he’s from Elkosh. So, we know that we just don’t know what Elkosh is, was it a town, was at the village, did it have a wall, where was it? We’re not sure. Trying to place a date on this prophecy, there are some references to work with. So, Nahum mentions the conquest of Thebes by the Assyrian Empire. Thebes is in Egypt, and this is a historical event, it happened in 663 BC. So, he’s referring to this event and it doesn’t seem like he saying it prophetically, like it’s a future event. And so, we can assume that Nahum was written after 663 BC. He also talks about the fall of Nineveh, which also happened historically and that happened in 612 BC. And so, so Nahum probably wrote this prophetic utterance between 663 BC and 612 BC, between the two events that are mentioned. And this prophetic work is to foretell the destruction of Nineveh. And that was the capital city of the Assyrian Empire. And Nineveh is not foreign to us. It’s only been a couple of days ago that we read the entire book of Jonah. And we certainly remember his adventures, but he was to go to Nineveh to deliver the message of judgment. The Ninevites responded with repentance and God was merciful. Nahum, on the other hand, the book that we’re about to read, is about 150 years later than Jonah. And the Ninevites did not stay in a state of repentance before the Lord. They were brutal. They were evil, the way that they treated the people that they conquered was awful. And by the time Nahum prophesies, the Assyrian Empire had destroyed the northern kingdom of Israel and the 10 tribes of the north were carried into exile by the Assyrians and they were assimilated and disappeared from history as tribes after that. That’s a little different than Jonah because Nahum wasn’t sent to Nineveh to declare anything. In fact, many scholars believe the Nahum’s prophecy would have been an encouragement to the kingdom of Judah and that it was probably written there in the kingdom of Judah. The northern kingdom of Israel was gone, the Assyrian Empire had taken it over and they were moving people in, basically colonizing other conquered peoples and relocating them, and just moving people around so that they didn’t have an ancestral homeland other than the Empire itself. So, for those in the kingdom of Judah, having seen this up close and personal and being worried about it, then what Nahum has to say, would have brought encouragement to the people in the kingdom of Judah. Regardless, Nahum shows us, once again that God is most merciful and most patient, but He is not weak, and He will not be manipulated, and He will not stand for a nations sin forever. And with that we’ll read Nahum, which contains three chapters. We’re reading from the English Standard Version this week, which is today. Nahum, 1-3.
Father, we thank You for Your word. We love You, Lord, we thank You for the Scriptures and what they mean to us, and what they mean to our lives. We are grateful, we thank You for bringing us together, yet another day in community, bringing us to the conclusion of yet another week. One of the very few remaining in this year, we thank You for the journey that we’ve been on and we look forward to continuing this journey, knowing that You have much for us. The days may be few, but that doesn’t mean You don’t have exactly what we need for us to enrich and strengthen and mature us. So, Holy Spirit come in to all that we’ve read this week, plant it in our lives, may become fruit of the Spirit, and may it be used for advancing Your kingdom. We pray this in the mighty name of Jesus our Lord. Amen.
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Prayer and Encouragements:
Hello DAB, this is Allissa from Colorado. I called a while back, asking for prayer for my maybe because I am pregnant. And I also have kidney failure, I’m on dialysis, do my pregnancy is pretty high risk. And it is a complete miracle from the Lord. I am now 5 months along, praise the Lord. And I just wanted to ask for prayers for my baby again, just that, there is a lot of complications, potential things that could go wrong with the pregnancy, like maybe pre-term deliver. Just like, lots of different things. And so, I just wanted to ask for prayer that the Lord would sustain my baby boy and help my body to be able to carry him all the way to term. So, if you could pray for that, that would be absolutely amazing. Thank you, guys, so much. You guys are a wonderful community and I feel so blessed to be a part of this Global Campfire. Thank you and God Bless each and every one of you. Have an awesome day.
This is Candance from Oregon. I’m not feeling good. I’d love it if you’d all pray that God would restore me to full health. I’m, I’m about to have a heart stress test. I’ve had two emergency room visits in the last 48 hours. So, so Candace from Oregon and I need ya’ll to know how much love you and how much I appreciate you. And wow, like you guys are unbelievable fellowship. So, thank you. And Brian, thank you. Thank you, thank you. Keep it up. Love ya’ll.
Hi DAB family. This is Prisoner of Hope. I just wanted to share something with you, that I heard in community prayer. This was actually a few months ago. I heard somebody calling in and asking and praying for first responders. And I thought that they meant they were praying for those who called into pray. And those who are praying in the background. And I just got it wrong. They were praying for firemen, policemen, you know, all those types of workers. But it just made me think, well, wait a second, I what I heard actually is true, in a sense. Not that that’s what they were praying for but that we are first responders. We respond to every person you know, that calls in and asks for prayers. And you know who you are who are praying. And I know there are so many people who are praying in the background. And that we never even hear your voice. But I just wanted to, to be blessed and to think of yourself as I think of myself, as a first responder. So, I just wanted to share that with you because I think that is a neat way to look at what these people need in their emergencies and in their desperations and in their need. So, I just wanted to share that with you. That’s it. Bye DAB family, I love you and God bless you.
He DAB family, this is Jonathan from Denver. I hope you’re having a great day today. It is Tuesday, December 13th, about 4 in the afternoon. I just wanted to call in and ask for your prayers. I called just yesterday, kind of giving an update. Just wanted to get in touch with the prayer family. Man is it hard right now. I’m just feeling a ton of uncertainty about where I’m going, about my future career, about my relationships, about my romantic relationship right now. It all feels very, very much on shaky ground. I just kind of feel in the dark. So, I’m asking that you would pray for God to lead me. To help me to take the next step. Kind of feel a little bit like I’m blind folded right now. But I’m trying to just you know, grab the, grab the hem of His robe and take it step-by-step and find my way through each day. But I just would really appreciate if you could offer your help and your prayers, though all of that. Cause it certainly ain’t easy. I love you all. I am still catching up. I hope to be with you all on December 31st, listening to the December 31st episode. I’ll see you then. I love you. Bye.