Who is Nahum?

Who is Nahum?

Luke 3: 25 “the son of Nahum”

His name means ‘the God who comforts’.

The original meaning of this word we translate comfort literally means “to come alongside and help.”

Wherever you are today, there are people needing comfort.

Even the great people of God needed comforting. Moses wanted God to kill him. Jonah wanted to curl up and die. Elijah went into a cave of self-pity.

Charles Spurgeon, the great 19th c. preacher wrote about himself and his colleagues, “Fits of depression come over the most of us … The strong are not always vigorous, the wise not always ready, the brave not always courageous, and the joyous not always happy …”

“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed in our hearts we felt the sentence of death.”  2 Corinthians 1: 8-9

Jesus lost His father, Joseph, sometime before His ministry began. Jesus lost His friend, cousin and partner in ministry, John the Baptist. Jesus also lost His close personal friend, Lazarus and Jesus wept.

But here is the thing. We can be a Nahum today. Look what Paul says, “For when we came into Macedonia, we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within.  But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus.” (2 Corinthians 7:5-6)

Paul doesn’t say “Titus comforted us”? No – it’s God who comforted us by the coming of Titus. God brought someone. God provided the comfort. Titus was a Nahum to Paul.

Today we can be that Nahum for someone.

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