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Today’s lesson is from the Old Testament prophecy of Nahum. It is about God’s judgment on the nation of Assryia and its capital city of Nineveh after Assyria wielded its power over God’s people and other nations. By extension, it is about how God sometimes punishes God’s people because God loves them but how that punishment does not last forever.
The following prayer was written by Matt Erikson and posted on his blog, “Renovate”. It can be found at here.
LORD God, King of the earth,
You have created all peoples
and reign over all the nations
that inhabit this earth.
When the nations rage
and put themselves forward as mighty,
You still have the final word,
promising to put all the prideful in their place.
Although tempted to trust in our own strength,
we turn to You, even as the psalmist says,
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God’ (Psalm 20:7).
Teach us to live with trust
in light of the prophet Nahum’s words,
“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him” (Nahum 1:7).
All this we pray, through Jesus Christ,
to whom, with You and the Holy Spirit
be all honor and glory, now and forever.
This week's lesson is on Nahum 1:1-3, 6-8, 12-13, 15.
We are a small, rural Presbyterian church in southwestern Pennsylvania.