Nahum 2: God of Love and Fear
Nineveh was not going to be a pretty place at the end of Nahum 2. They were going to be invaded, their leadership destroyed and everyone was going to wonder what happened to this once great city.
Nah 2:11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion’s whelp, and none made them afraid?
Nah 2:12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.
Nineveh used to be a fearsome opponent, but the people around them were wondering what happened? They were used to being torn apart by the Ninevites, and now Nineveh itself was being demolished from the outside. The people did not get how this was possible.
Nah 2:13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.
Now we know. We talk a lot about the fact that when God is with us, we have nothing to fear. When God is against us, we have everything to fear. When we have brought judgment upon ourselves through our evil actions, we ought to be trembling. The people of Noah’s day are pretty good example of that.
I think about this, and it makes me think that people have lost this fear of God. I know that God is a God of love, and that is entirely true. However, in modern society, we don’t want to be afraid of anyone, so this fear of God gets thrown out to make people feel good.
We have to make sure we don’t do that. I have written about this type of fear of God before, and I think about the way that you might fear your parents when you are a kid. It is not that they don’t love you, but you don’t want to be grounded for example so you abide by their rules. It is a similar type of situation here. It is not that we fear God because He is some kind of evil being whatsoever. Rather, it is a fear based on an understanding of who God is and how great He truly is. There is respect in that, but it goes even beyond that.