Nahum 2:5 – Counting on your worthies or the Worthy One


Nahum 2:5 reads “He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared.

This verse specifically speaks of how the king of Assyria (Sennacherib) would call for (recount) his noble and gallant men (worthies) and send them to walls of Nineveh to defend the city against the invading armies of the Medo-Babylonians that the Lord was sending to punish the Assyrians. The vile king of Assyria, who blasphemed against the Lord (Nahum 1:11; 2 Kings 19:22), shall trust in the military strength of his nobles, only to find out that they would stumble in their walk, implying that their knees will not be able to hold them straight up, against the Lord’s chosen army (in this case the Medo-Babylonian army). The nobles (worthies) shall dwell in the dust i.e., lie dead and to dust they shall return and the people scattered in the mountains (Nahum 3:18).

Points to ponder:
In the presence of the Lord of lords and the King of kings (Revelation 19:16), even the knees of kings shake as was the case of king Belshazzar (Daniel 5:6). Who can stand against the Lord God Almighty? No one, absolutely no one. (Nahum 1:6; Isaiah 14:27; Isaiah 59:19; Hebrews 13:6) Those who trust in their own strength, counting on what they think is worthy shall realize that counting is futile. King David counted his fighting men, instead of relying on the Lord God and this displeased the Lord (2 Samuel 24). Let us not be like King David who foolishly counted his fighting men (2 Samuel 24:10), or like the blasphemous and vile king of Assyria who futilely counted his fighting men (Nahum 2:5), but let us rely on the Lord God for successes and victories in the wars of life. Jesus is the only Worthy One whom we can count on (Revelation 5:12). It is not a matter of whom you are counting, but Who do you count on?

Nahum 2:5 (KJV)
He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared.

Revelation 5:12-13 (KJV)
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

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