9th March 2018

The Peace Proclaimers 

“Behold, on the mountains
The feet of him who brings good tidings,
Who proclaims peace!

Nahum 1:15 (NKJV)

The book of Nahum is one of the most frightening prophecies in the Old Testament. It’s directed against Nineveh, the Assyrian capital, which repented after the preaching of Jonah, but its inhabitants had fallen away from the truth once delivered.

Nahum doesn’t spare his words in his diatribe against it. “Woe to the bloody city!”, he writes, “it is full of lies and robbery. Its victim never departs…upon whom has not your wickedness passed continually?” (3:1,19). The picture is of a society that has lost its way completely, and yet it basks in the empty glory of its past accomplishments, especially in its victories over other nations, the empire that once was.

It’s difficult to find any indication of hope in Nahum, save for the leading verse quoted above, which is also referenced in Isaiah 52:7. Nahum is saying that, for the exiles living in the midst of wickedness, the only way forward belongs to “the feet of him who brings good tidings, who proclaims peace!” Strangely, when you read the rest of his book, Nahum, whose name probably means “comforter”, doesn’t appear to bring any good tidings at all! In fact, it makes pretty grim reading.

Many years later the apostle Paul picks up on these inspired verses in Nahum and Isaiah when writing to the churches at Rome and at Ephesus (Romans 10:15, Ephesians 6:15). Society at the time of Paul was steeped in ungodliness just as it was in Nahum’s Nineveh, and, come to think of it, just as our world is today. The message is the same throughout: let’s be among “those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!”

Wherever you live, proclaim the peace of Jesus, who died for us and was risen from the dead for us, so that we and others may live forever with him.

Thank you, Father, and help me, please, through your Holy Spirit, to proclaim Jesus’ gospel of peace in all that I do and say. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


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James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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