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Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah: ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria’ . . . Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD. (Isaiah 37:10, 14, ESV) Hezekiah, king of Judah, was one of the “good kings.” Second Chronicles 31: 20 says “he did what was good and right and faithful before the LORD his God”…

“Your enemy is coming to crush you, Nineveh. Man the ramparts! Watch the roads! Prepare your defences! Call out your forces!” Nahum 2:1 NLT In Jonah’s time, Nineveh had repented; but a century later their return to sin and rebellion brought God’s wrath. Nahum teaches us that although God is merciful, He will judge sin. Those who trust God know His justice is unerring. We should take courage today; and remember that, in every situation, God is truly in control. In this second chapter, Nahum is warning them that the enemy is coming to destroy them and gives them instructions…

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (I Peter 5:8, New King James Version). The roar of the lion began in the early morning hours, long before daybreak. There was no mistaking the sound. Somewhere nearby the powerful beast was on the prowl. His mighty roar can be heard for up to five miles so hopefully he wasn’t that close to our camp. It also helped my nerves to know we were protected by a fence (although preferred not to test its efficacy). Lions are meat-eating predators,…