What happened to the lion of Nineveh? 

Old Testament: Nah 2.11–12

To read the Bible in a year, read Nahum on December 22, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

The mighty nation of Assyria and its capital had been around for two millennia, but then it vanished. The prophet Nahum said: 

Where is the dwelling of the lions,
And the feeding place of the young lions,
Where the lion walked, the lioness and lion’s cub,
And no one made them afraid?
The lion tore in pieces enough for his cubs,
Killed for his lionesses,
Filled his caves with prey,
And his dens with flesh.

– Nahum 2.11–12 

Using the lion to represent the city of Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, the prophet asked where the lion was. The lion was once so powerful that no one made him afraid. 

Instead the lion could tear in pieces and fill himself with the plunder of conquered nations. However, as with any other nation, Nineveh sinned repeatedly and would not repent, although the city had repented about 150 years earlier under the preaching of Jonah. 

They did not learn and went back to sinning, and eventually the Lord had to remove the lion of Nineveh from the earth. 

Questions: 

  • What have you learned from the Book of Nahum? 
  • Which part of God’s people did Assyria take into captivity? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

Listen to his sermons here: GrantsPassChurchOfChrist.com

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