THE LORD OF CONTRASTS
In Nahum, chapter three, the question is asked, ‘where now is the lion’s den, the place where they fed their young, where the lion and lioness went, and the cubs, with nothing to fear? The lion killed enough for his cubs and strangled the prey for his mate, filling his lairs and dens with his prey. (Verses 11 & 12). Is this saying how the lion provides for his own with nothing to fear? Is this a comparison to the battles in Ninevah and a statement as to how we should also live? Yet, God condemns the community of the people in Ninevah for their sins, their immorality and their shameful activities. His images in chapter three are vividly presented.
‘Woe to the city of blood, full of lies. The crack of whips, the clatter of wheels, galloping horses and jolting chariots! Charging cavalry, flashing swords and glittering spears! Many casualties, piles of dead, bodies without number and people stumbling over corpses.’ The word tells us the city is in ruins- who will mourn for her? Then queries,
‘Where can I find anyone to comfort you?’
Such a question after all that bloodshed!
Therefore, here we are given the example of the lion’s provision in comparison and in contrast to the non-provision of comfort for the plunderers, murderers, sinners, sorcerers and witchcraft of an enslaved nation. While the lion provides and protects the safety of his own fearlessly, the wrongdoing of humanity will seek but find no comfort. Such is the contrasting nature of our God.
They will be scattered on the mountains with no one to gather them (3/18).
In your life are you a lion?