Nahum 1:15

WEEK 30: Nahum 1:15 Behold upon the mountains the feet of Him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows; for the wicked shall no more pass through thee; he is utterly cut off.

 

Nahum was a relatively unknown prophet. He was from Elkosh in Judah. The name “Nahum” means “full of comfort”. Nahum prophesied about the time of Jeremiah. Most scholars believe Nahum’s prophecy began about 620 B.C. His message is that Nineveh will fall. Soon after Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah, they fell back into their old sinful ways.

“Mountains … feet” – this verse echoes Isaiah 52:7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good; that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!  This refers to those who announced the deliverance from Babylon.

“The feet of him that bringeth good tidings” –  see how they come one after another with the news of the havoc and slaughter made in the army of Sennacherib by an angel in one night.

2 Kings 19:35-36 35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand; and when they arose early in the morning, behold they were all dead corpses. 36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned and dwelt at Nineveh.

After that, the destruction of Nineveh took place, together with the whole Assyrian empire; all which were good tidings to the Jews, to whom the Assyrians were implacable enemies, and whose power the Jews dreaded; and therefore it must have been good news to them to hear of their defeat and ruin, and the messengers that brought it must have been welcome to them. The destruction of their worst enemy would be good news to Judah. Assyria will no longer run through their country at will.

 “O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts”.  During a siege, people were prevented from going up to Jerusalem to celebrate her annual feast. This was a reminder – be sure to remember and keep the feasts of the LORD given to you, including the Passover and Tabernacles, which had been interrupted or omitted through the invasion of the land, and the siege of Jerusalem, by the enemy. However, now that the enemy that once enslaved them and oppressed them has gone and been slain, they had full liberty, and were at leisure to attend these solemnities:

“Perform thy vows” – which they had made when in distress, when the enemy was in their land. What did they promise they would do, if it pleased God to deliver them out of their  hands?  Now they were delivered; it is therefore incumbent on them to make good their promises, and especially to offer up their thanksgivings to God for such a mercy

Ecclesiastes 5:4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it: for He hath no pleasure in fools; pay that which thou hast vowed.

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