Thursday, September 21, 2017

Daily Devotion: Where Are the Lions?

Bible Reading: Nahum 2:1-11

Key Verse: Verse 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?"

Key Words: Where is the dwelling of the lions

Both Assyria and Babylon used the lion as the symbol of their empires. Nahum could be referring here to the actual lions which the Assyrians had there, or he could be referring to their strong young men because the lion was the symbol of the strength of the kingdom. The whole point is that, whether it is the literal lions or the strength of their army, they are gone—they’ve left, or they’ve been killed.

Although it is difficult for me to believe that Nahum was referring to Babylon because at least a form of the Babylonian empire returns during the tribulation period. This is probably a reference to Assyria which is now extinct. While the land is there, it is occupied by Iran and Iraq. God does have a way of extinguishing the ungodly.

Nahum reminds us of what happens to a godless nation. The same can be said for a godless people.

For example, Napoleon Bonaparte: Responsible for the death of 500,000 French men in battle, approximately 1/6 of the population. Was exiled by the British for the last 6 years of his life on the Island of St. Helena. His wife Marie Louise never wrote him and married another man while he was still living. He never heard from his son again. He was confined to the house and grounds, needing the escort of a British soldier whenever he ventured anywhere on the island. The tombstone on his grave read simply, "here lies."

What to do:
✞ Be strong in Christ. Our day is coming.

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