Nahum 2 has the prophet explaining the battle for Ninevah. In his vision the prophet sees a mighty army coming against the city of Nineveh. “For the Lord is restoring the majesty of Jacob as the majesty of Israel, for plunderers have plundered them and ruined their branches”. God’s restoration for His people is connected to judgment and destruction on their enemies. He is now dealing with one of their enemies and working to restore His people as He passes judgment on the Ninevites.
The battle for Nineveh is fierce and bloody, and though the defense is prepared they will be conquered. The prophet not only sees the battle, he sees the outcome – Nineveh will fall before this mighty army, and she will be humbled and led away captive – “she is carried off”. Nahum declares the troops defending Nineveh are like a pool of water that drains away to no use. They are useless in defending the city. “Nineveh is like a pool whose waters run away. “Halt! Halt!” they cry, but none turns back”.
“Where is the lions’ den, the feeding place of the young lions, where the lion and lioness went, where his cubs were, with none to disturb”? The lion was one of the national emblems of the Assyrian Empire, and they crushed and plundered other nations like lions destroying prey. Now Nahum asks, “Where is the the lions den?” God has brought them low, a nation once so mighty. When it comes to restoration, God will do whatever it takes to make that possible. He defeats nations and overcomes all things to bring people to Himself. He’ll do the same for you and me, if we’ll repent and believe.
God’s victory is overwhelming. “The voice of your messengers shall no longer be heard”. Nineveh enjoyed its status as a power-center of the world, and relished the fact that the voice of her messengers commanded attention in palaces all over the world. They really were a big deal, and they knew it. That would come to an end under the judgment of God. There is no nation or person that can stand against God’s judgment. Sin is a big deal in God’s eyes. He will deal with it, either as a nation, or in our individual lives. We need to get right with Him. Are you ready?