“Preaching the Good News, From Nahum?”

Categories: evangelism

When one hears the name, Nahum, one usually does not think about evangelism, especially to the people of Nineveh.  However, all the prophets spoke about the Good News, whether it was for immediate attention, future fulfillment or both.  In Nahum one can read about the explicit Gospel promises echoed in the New Testament: promises of good news and peace (Nahum 1:15), an end to the Lord’s punishment because of rebellion (Nahum 1:12), an end to the power of the oppressors (Nahum 1:13), and that God is a stronghold and refuge for those in trouble.

Additionally, the excellencies of God are proclaimed in judgment (Nahum 1:2-7; Jeremiah 18:7-10), those who repent will be saved.  Whenever there is a pronouncement of judgment one should understand that judgment is a means of grace to the hearer (Hebrews 4:11; 6:1-8).  Truth is being proclaimed and that truth is a manifestation of God’s saving grace.

There is also comfort in knowing that God is just and that just punishment is coming to those who oppress the righteous.  At the conclusion, all will be made right because God is fair (Psalm 2; Luke 20:43; John 12:31; Colossians 2:14-15; Hebrews 10:13).

When Nineveh went too far in mistreating God’s people, Jehovah promised to shame them publicly (Nahum 3:5-7), eventually, in the New Testament, the shame and pain of our sins were borne by God in the flesh (Psalm 2:27; Luke 23:37).  If it were not for God’s mercy and grace our fate would be the same as that of Nineveh.  Instead, we now stand before God’s presence blameless and with great joy (Jude 1:24)

The entirety of the Bible is about the grace of God ultimately revealed in Christ (Luke 24:27, 44; John 5:39, 46).  The whole Bible is about the gospel (Romans 1:1-2; 1 Peter 1:10-12). This includes Nahum.  Reading the minor prophet’s message, we see judgment fall on the wicked, and the course that culminates in Jesus continues-a path that clarifies ho any wicked person can be fully, completely and freely forgiven.

Simply put, evangelism is proclaiming the Gospel for a verdict.  This is why evangelism is urgent, especially in the light of the end that is to come when the Lord returns.  At the coming of the Lord, He will deal out “retribution to those who do not know God, and to those who did not obey the Gospel of our Lord Jesus.”  (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)