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There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually? – Nahum 3:19 KJV.

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Jonah had been sent to Nineveh, which was the then capital city of Assyria with a message from Jehovah of His intention to overturn their city in forty days. Though he was initially unwilling to deliver the message, he was compelled by the strong hands of Jehovah (Jonah 1:1-17), and was left with no choice than to obey, and the Ninevites alongside their king quickly took steps to seek forgiveness for all their wrong actions – Jonah 3:1-10. Jehovah did forgive them on that occasion and stopped in his intented plan to overturn their city – Jonah 4:1-11.

 

For whatever reason, the Ninevites after a period of respite decided to go back to their old ways again, in an action that triggered the anger of Jehovah, who had to send Prophet Nahum to them on this second occasion. Unlike the first occasion when all that was revealed was that the Ninevites were involved in acts of wickedness, Nahum identified those acts that Jehovah considered as wickedness as listed below;

  1. Their city was filled with blood – Nahum 3:1a. They had been involved in killing of many, not just physically but also spiritually, as many victims of their wickedness had not just lost their lives but those alive had become living dead because of their unacceptable actions.
  2. Their city was filled with lies – Nahum 3:1b. Many had become so good at presenting and defending falsehood and were getting away with it, such that norms were becoming abnormal and vice-versa. They could only belong to the Devil who is the father of all liars – Jn. 8:44.
  3. The city was filled with robbers with their victims littered everywhere – Nahum 3:1c. Robbery here may also not be simply referring to deprivation of material possessions as even rights and privileges were included. Either or both became the order of the day and many were groaning under such unrighteousness with no reprieve in sight.
  4. The city permitted a well favoured harlot who is the mistress of witchcraft to create a multitude of whoredoms and this led to the selling out of many nations and families – Nahum 3:4. Harlotry and whoredoms here may not necessarily be in reference to human whores but spiritual whores whose activities had been encouraged because of a leadership that had become married to negative acts linked with Satan. Physical and spiritual idolaters were in full control of the  administration of the nation and this has led to the emergence and proliferation of several locations for the practice of idolatry, with many unknowingly becoming victims of such practices.

 

Most Christians today believe that these act that Jehovah considers as wickedness, completely absent amongst Christians and can only be found amongst unbelievers or mainly idol worshippers. When a phrase such as “wickedness in high places” is used, they only think of powers of darkness and those group of creatures classed as witches and wizards, so they are not able to see that they may actually be the wicked person of today or are actually worshipping amongst the wicked.

 

That many Christians, either as individuals or as a group are involved in some or all the above actions is not in argument. Actions that border on the destruction of fellow brethren are rampant with many destinies already altered or completely destroyed because of negative actions of fellow brethren. Lying against one another is equally a common feature especially in the tussle for leadership positions and the statement of the average Christian leader can no longer be believed without verification as all claims to integrity has been lost. More importantly is the permissiveness and support of Christians today, for the thriving of evil powers and influences because of the desperation to have wealth and power. All these have created a good foundation for wickedness to thrive. No wonder, all those miracles associated with Christianity in the scriptures are hardly  in existence amongst Christians today and instead of taking appropriate steps to return to Jehovah by avoiding these actions, Christian leaders, in their bid to give the impression that Jehovah is still in approval of their actions, seek powers from negative sources, thereby further deepening their acts of wickedness against Jehovah.

 

Christians need to stop looking far when the wicked people are being searched for as it seems wickedness has taken a prominent position in Christendom, and of course it is the same people who describe themselves as Christians that put up all these actions. There is no other way of describing all those who are involved in these actions than that they are “wicked people”. They are impostors when they remain in Christian gatherings and refer to themselves as Christians. Human beings may also call them Christians but Jehovah sees them as who they really are, that is wicked people, and He will definitely visit them some day as the prophecy of Nahum suggests. His actions on that occasion as revealed in the foundation scripture for today’s Devotional will be so grievous that and there will be no healing for the wound that will result. This reward of Jehovah for wicked people will be the focus in the second part of this Devotional. May our actions not qualify us to be considered wicked by Jehovah in Jesus name. Amen.

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