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God is good. How do we know? We read it in the book of Nahum. He will destroy his enemies. How do we know? The picture of him destroying the Ninevites is painted for us vividly in Nahum. God is for us. How do we know? We deduce it as we see how he repeatedly declares he is against the Ninevites in Nahum.

In this discussion, Nicholas Reid—associate professor of Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern studies and director of the hybrid MDiv program at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando—presents the book of Nahum as a message to the Ninevites meant to offer hope and comfort to God’s exiled people. The book, he says, is rooted in real history and not immediately about us, yet has significant application to us. Reid shows how Nahum presents the power of God along with the goodness of God (since there is little comfort in a God who can make mountains quake if he is not good). Reid challenges teachers who might be tempted to focus only on God’s self-revelation as a gracious God, conveniently ignoring his commitment to punish the guilty, showing how both come to ultimate fulfillment in the cross of Christ.

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