The Mighty Will Be Humbled

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Thebes was a powerful symbol in the ancient world. Located along the Nile River, approximately 400 miles south of the modern city of Cairo, Thebes was home to Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, royal tombs, and various temples.

Built sometime before 2000 BC, Thebes was the capital of the ancient Egyptian empire at the height of its power, holding a dominant position for more than a thousand years. But in 663 BC, it was destroyed by an invading Assyrian army. Although later partially rebuilt, Thebes eventually dwindled to a mere village.

Thebes remained an important symbol in Nahum’s time. It would have particular significance for his prophecies about Nineveh, the center of the Assyrian empire (that had destroyed Thebes). Arrogant and defiant, the Assyrians felt they were invincible.

Nahum described how the Assyrians believed they always would be victorious, but warned that they would pay a price for their arrogance, violence, and other sins.

God emphatically declared, “Behold, I am against you.” He vowed to expose their true nature. Everyone would see them not as mighty warriors, but flawed humans. Their fall would be so great that no one would “grieve for her.” In fact, the Assyrians would become like Thebes.

Throughout history, many nations have felt invincible. But, through Nahum, God reminds everyone that He alone is sovereign, and that everyone else, eventually, will be humbled.

The rulers of many nations may “take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed.” But God is never worried: He laughs and even “holds them in derision” (Psalm 2:2-4).

As you look at the world, remember that God still rules. He promises to humble the proud, exalt the humble, and protect His people.