Date Written: 663-612 BC
Author: Nahum of Elkosh
Nahum was a prophet in
Assyria had conquered
The book begins with an acrostic poem (1:2-11) about the nature of God as slow to anger (1:3) and yet an avenger (1:2). (An acrostic poem is in alphabetical order according to the Hebrew alphabet.) God despises evil and will not allow it to persist forever. He will take vengence against those who do evil (1:6, 9). The Lord knows those who trust in him (1:7), so he will break
The book's message is simple: God's justice will in the end prevail over human injustice. The Lord brought retribution against
Christians believe in the Lord's vindication for his people, but we await his final act of making things right. Though some injustices are "righted" in our history, the complete righting of all wrongs will not come until the end of time.
By Mark Giszczak