Wednesday, February 05, 2014

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It is telling what is not said, as well as what is said. In defending the ABC from claims of bias, apologists refer to the fact Australia needs the ABC. As if the ABC could not survive if it was competent as a public broadcaster. As if the effort for some journalist not expressing their strong opinion of dislike for a conservative would be too much. It is possible for the ABC to be a superb organisation which as cornerstone of Australian culture could fearlessly hold politicians to account for their compliance to their agenda. Or, the ABC could remain inept and incapable of spotting corruption, incapable of producing compelling Australian cultural items, incapable of holding itself to a standard. Imagine if the ALP had produced a competent leader because poor ones were curtailed by precise criticism from the national broadcaster. It is easy, if you try. 

It is telling what is not said in criticising Abbott to defend a multi million dollar claim for subsidy to a weak SPC Ardmona business. A profitable business is one that secures a future for its' workers. A subsidy won't do that. It is a responsible decision by Mr Abbott and necessary if Australia's budget is ever to be balanced. It is not a decision the ALP would have made. Neither is it a decision the ABC can applaud. Why does anyone care if the ABC applauds a decision? Naturally, unions are claiming that it is the end of industrial relations. Or the beginning. Or something. 

It is telling what is not said in criticising the Australian government's border protection policy. Fewer boat people means fewer people drowning and being exploited by pirates. Also, fewer boat people means more refugees from refugee camps being offered a new life they could never have dreamed of from whatever impoverished war torn nation they fled. It is like effective aid. It might be cold and heartless to so completely and ruthlessly expose how bad ALP government had been. Or, how murderous were the ALP policies labelled compassionate. Where are the outspoken church people who promoted the previous devastation? Malcolm Fraser doesn't like it when people aren't drowning or being exploited by pirates, he seems to be upset by refugees being offered a new home and life. 

It is telling and it is apparent, that if anyone told the ABC, they weren't listening. 
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We can learn from a man who has class

Miranda Devine – Tuesday, February 04, 2014 (8:34pm)

THE vicious attacks on the expert chosen by Christopher Pyne to review the national education curriculum show just how much is at stake for the cultural revolutionaries dumbing down our schools.

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ABC’S STRANGE WORLD OF PRIDE AND SHAME

Tim Blair – Wednesday, February 05, 2014 (4:14am)

February 3. ABC head of editorial policy Alan Sunderland defends the billion-dollar broadcaster’s navy torturer smears: 
If we relied only on information from official channels then little or nothing would have been reported and the Australian public would have been left in the dark about the dramatic events unfolding on the high seas.
From the moment the first claims emerged in this messy affair, it was clear there was a significant story. Thanks to the work of good journalists who did not stop chasing, the public now knows that.
When the ABC starts chasing uncomfortable stories, we expect criticism. But it is indeed a strange world when some of those who should be chasing the story seem to think the story is us. 
February 4. ABC bosses Mark Scott and Kate Torney regret the billion-dollar broadcaster’s navy torturer smears: 
Video obtained exclusively by the ABC, showing asylum seekers with burns, along with reports that Indonesian police were investigating the matter, raised further important questions …
The ABC’s initial reports on the video said that the vision appeared to support the asylum seekers’ claims. That’s because it was the first concrete evidence that the injuries had occurred. What the video did not do was establish how those injuries occurred.
The wording around the ABC’s initial reporting needed to be more precise on that point. We regret if our reporting led anyone to mistakenly assume that the ABC supported the asylum seekers’ claims. 
So it’s the audience’s fault. Further on the ABC’s half-arsed regret here.
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CLIMATE CHANGE KILLS A TREE

Tim Blair – Wednesday, February 05, 2014 (3:55am)

Take that, deniers! Here’s absolute proof of deadly climate change:

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FOURTH-HAND DESTROYS ALL WHO SEE IT

Tim Blair – Wednesday, February 05, 2014 (3:40am)

Second-hand smoke is such a yesterday issue. The cool new concern is third-hand smoke.
(Via must-read PWAF)
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Hey, Putin, where’s the roof? The floor? The lift?

Andrew Bolt February 05 2014 (3:21pm)

Athletes and reporters are checking into their Olympic Games accommodation at Sochi. Russia was never famous for its service culture or efficiency, and the tweets from its Games guests are not flattering:
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Sharman Stone should say sorry

Andrew Bolt February 05 2014 (1:42pm)

Judith Sloan on SPC Ardmona:
So who is telling lies?  Shadow Industry Minister, Kim Carr, and local Liberal MP Sharmon Stone are a tag-team when it comes to accusing the Prime Minister of uttering porkies about the excessive workers’ conditions and restrictive practices.  The trouble is that the evidence is there for everyone to read.
The SPC Ardmona EBA does provide for wages which are 40 per cent above the award; does contain superannuation contributions of 11.5 per cent (above the norm of 9.25 per cent); does allow for some cashing out of sick leave; does provide excessive redundancy payouts for the majority of workers; does provide for a day of leave to attend the Food Preservers’ Picnic and numerous RDOs; and the list goes on.  And if the various allowances are so trivial, they should have been cashed out and eliminated years ago.
Why have the many reporters who simply repeated Stone’s claim of Abbott lying not checked for themselves who is actually telling the untruths? 
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The ABC’s priorities

Andrew Bolt February 05 2014 (1:25pm)

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Teaching children to worship at the shrine of race

Andrew Bolt February 05 2014 (12:50pm)

A Canberra reader found the Florey Primary School displaying this declaration, presenting it as the considered thoughts of its students rather than the grim instruction of their teachers:

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Why did the teachers put these words in the mouths of the children, rather than openly admit the sentiments were their own?
There were agreements - like that struck in what became Melbourne - between original owners and settlers to hand over some land. Why are they not mentioned?
Is this retreat into tribalism, with students of “many cultures” demanding “respect” for “Aboriginal peoples culture and customary law”, to be matched with laws defining us by our “race” and “ethnic origin”? Or is our better future to be found in treating each other as individuals, regardless of “race”, under a common citizenship?
Why is the missing apostrophe in “peoples culture”? Are spelling and grammar taught with the same care as this kind of racial politics? I ask, because apostrophes at this school go missing where you least expect them to:
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Given 30 per cent of the students speak English only as a second language, are they more or less likely to integrate into a country they are taught to regard as stolen land belonging to another “race”?
Are these students demanding “respect” for aspects of Aboriginal law such as polygamy, male dominance, bride-promising, collectivism and payback?
Why do the children use “spiritual totem poles”? If all cultures are to be recognised, why can’t these children swear by a crucifix? Are they appropriating Aboriginal spirituality, or merely being converted?
Could the school get back to teaching, rather than preaching?
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Miranda Devine:
THE vicious attacks on the expert chosen by Christopher Pyne to review the national education curriculum show just how much is at stake for the cultural revolutionaries dumbing down our schools.
Dr Kevin Donnelly ... has been falsely branded a paedophile, Islamophobe, homophobe, misogynist and Christian.
In the sewers of Twitter, people have wished him dead and asked him for his opinion on vibrators…
Among his and Queensland academic Ken Wiltshire’s tasks is to decide whether the three priorities of the new curriculum - sustainability, indigenous history and culture and Asian engagement - make any sense.
Absurdly, even in maths the curriculum claims “sustainability provides rich, engaging and authentic contexts for developing students’ abilities in number and algebra”.
If the Left is truly interested in reconciliation, why not start with reconciling itself with conservatives? 
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Global warming gives us bigger waves. Or smaller

Andrew Bolt February 05 2014 (9:04am)

Global warming - dud predictions

In 2011 we were told global warming would give us smaller waves:

CSIRO research commissioned by the federal government ... predicted small but significant falls in likely wave heights as temperatures rose.
Their June 2010 research said wave heights could fall by a “relatively robust” 5mm-10mm along the NSW coast by the end of the century.
“Projected changes are larger and significant on the northern coast,” it said.
In 2014 we are told global warming is giving us bigger waves:

Big waves are energetically costly for fish, and there are more big waves than ever…
“There has been a lot of recent work in oceanography documenting the fact that waves are becoming more frequent and more intense due to climate change,” says Mr Dominique Roche, PhD candidate from the Research School of Biology.
Bigger, smaller, whatever. It’s global warming.
(Thanks to reader Steve.) 
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Labor suddenly has the sweats in Griffith

Andrew Bolt February 05 2014 (8:37am)

Labor should not have trouble retaining Kevin Rudd’s seat in the Griffith by-election this weekend:
If history is a guide, the Labor Party should retain Griffith. The only time a government has gained a seat from an opposition was at the 1920 Kalgoorlie by-election.
But Labor suddenly seems strangely nervous:
Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten will make last-ditch appeals to the voters of Griffith on Thursday as Labor frets over new internal polling showing Liberal candidate Bill Glasson to be highly popular among locals.
Though history favours Labor’s Terri Butler to hold the Brisbane seat left vacant by the retirement of Kevin Rudd, ALP polling shows Mr Glasson to be far and above the most popular lead character in the battle…
Dr Glasson – an opthalmologist who ran against Mr Rudd at the September 7, 2013 election – has a “net positive” of 35 per cent, according to the polling obtained by the Australian Financial Review. Ms Butler has a net positive of 18.
Excuses are prepared:

LABOR is worried Griffith voters are suffering extreme electoral fatigue and may stay at home instead of voting in Saturday’s by-election to replace former prime minister Kevin Rudd…
Eleven candidates are contesting the election and preferences will be extremely important, with neither of the major parties likely to win a majority in its own right .The Greens, the Secular Party and the Pirate Party are all preferencing the ALP, while Family First will be the only party directly giving its preferences to the LNP .Five parties—Katters Australian, Bullet Train for Australia, and Stable Population parties—as well as independents Travis Windsor and Karel Boele, will all have split tickets, meaning their preferences could go anywhere.
But with the Essential poll showing the Coalition 50-50 with Labor nationally, Griffith should not defy history.
(Thanks to reader Peter of Bellevue Hill.) 
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Academic: only conservatives would say ABC is biased

Andrew Bolt February 05 2014 (8:00am)

Media

A startling non sequitur from Age columnist Sally Young, a Melbourne University associate professor of political science:
The ABC and universities are two consistent targets for conservative criticism in Australia. But this is puzzling because conservatives are big users of both.
Young’s argument is that conservatives, by going to university and subjecting themselves to interviews on the ABC, must therefore be fine with the bias they say they detect. May I ask Young what the alternative is for conservatives? To deny themselves a tertiary education and boycott all interviews with the ABC?
Surely Young should conclude that if conservatives use universities and engage with the ABC, they probably know what they are talking about when they note the bias of both.
But what is even stranger about Young is that she actually uses in all seriousness a defence of the ABC which I’ve often suggested as a parody - that the ABC is not biased and only bloody conservatives would say so. I thought even an idiot would get the joke and realise such a defence would actually confirm the bias it denies.
But not Young:

Although numerous internal and external studies of ABC content have found there is no systematic bias, conservative critics won’t be convinced because they perceive bias in a more intangible way - as something that underlies the whole approach used at the ABC, rather than what is measurable (such as equal time or a right of reply)… How ironic though that conservatives are far more radical than ‘’the people’’ in their views towards the ABC and universities.
Young wants conservatives critics of the biased ABC to be less “radical” and more in line with the polled opinion of “the people”. But last year she wanted “the people” and the biased media to be more in line with the Left:
Academic Sally Young is mystified why Australians do not connect with a Prime Minister who has cheated them, lied to them, patronised them, set them at each other’s throat, squandered billions of their taxes and now reaches for their super:
But how much of the Prime Minister’s much-maligned failure to ‘’connect’’ with the Australian public has to do with how she is represented in the media?… Those media play a powerful role in shaping opinions about her and in recent debates about misogyny in Australian politics, one question that has been raised is just how much the reporting of the Prime Minister and her government has to do with gender.
We all have our biases, but It’s remarkable how unwilling ABC hosts and their defenders are to admit their own, even to themselves.
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Sinclair Davidson wonders why we have a state-funded ABC:

...public broadcasters facilitate the diversion of public resources to political elites and narrow interest groups or distort and manipulate information to benefit and entrench those elites.
(Thanks to reader Peter.) 
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How about a sorry to our navy?

Andrew Bolt February 05 2014 (7:38am)

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has a point about the ABC’s non-apology to the navy:

The national broadcaster has come under fire over reporting asylum seeker claims they burnt their hands when forced by navy personnel to hold hot engine parts on an asylum seeker vessel.
“We regret if our reporting led anyone to mistakenly assume that the ABC supported the asylum seekers’ claims,” a joint statement by the news organisation’s managing director, Mark Scott, and director of news Kate Torney.
Ms Bishop said the statement didn’t go far enough.
“...I thought the ABC would do the right thing and having acknowledged that their reporting was substandard at best that they would apologise,” she told ABC radio.
Janet Albrechtsen:

FOLLOWING the 1996 election, Prime Minister John Howard said of the ABC: “I think one of the weaknesses of the ABC is that it doesn’t have a right-wing Phillip Adams.” It was a gentle yet serious reminder that our taxpayer-funded national broadcaster is charged with reflecting the diversity of the Australian community under section 6 of its Charter.
Almost 18 years on, the ABC has grown in size but has still refused to address the lack of balance in its vast line-up of journalists - unless you count one hour per week of Counterpoint as balance. Instead, as Margaret Simons wrote in her 2005 essay, the then director of radio, Sue Howard, had a cartoon on her office wall. Featuring a cage, broken apart, with two people standing nearby, one says “Oh Lord. The Right-Wing Phillip Adams has escaped.” Presumably, in humorous ABC circles, a person with right-wing views must be locked up.
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Seinfeld: “ No interest in gender or race”

Andrew Bolt February 05 2014 (6:56am)

Michael Idato in the Sydney Morning Herald:
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is actually a brilliant show, and even though its guest list has thus far been noticeably male-heavy (Sarah Silverman was a welcome respite in the second season, as was Tina Fey in the third) it is still original and revealing.
Jerry Seinfeld:

I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that. But everyone else is kind of, with their little calculating – is this the exact right mix? To me it’s anti-comedy. It’s more about PC-nonsense than ‘are you making us laugh or not?’
Idato is right about the Costanza promo, though. Nothing like the show’s best
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Steyn appeal

Andrew Bolt February 05 2014 (6:46am)

What could be more fun than helping to defend a man who mocked a leading alarmist, and is now being sued for his presumption?
Mark Steyn writes:

Don’t forget, we’re moving into the discovery phase of fake Nobel Laureate Michael Mann’s defamation lawsuit against me for mocking his global warm-mongering “hockey stick”, so if you’ve any suggestions as to what we should be asking for - third tree-ring on the left, etc - do pass them along to me via email at steyn@marksteyn.com.
I believe I’m also the first ne’er-do-well to attempt to fund his legal defense entirely by sales of his Christmas album. But, if there’s only so much “Marshmallow World” you can take, you can also support the cause via our SteynOnline gift certificates, starting at $25. It looks like the Scopes Monkey Trial of the 21st century (as The New York Times billed it) is going ahead, and I promise you full value for money.
Steyn says he stands by all he wrote about Mann’s “hockey stick”. 
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ABC gets advice from Murdoch man

Andrew Bolt February 05 2014 (6:34am)

Interesting appointment. It suggests to me the ABC is perhaps feeling the heat:
The ABC’s admission came as it was revealed the broadcaster had poached The Australian’s media editor Nick Leys to handle its media relations.
The move shocked many observers given the hostile relationship over recent years between the ABC and The Australian, published by News Corp Australia.
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Paul Barry’s cunning cover

Andrew Bolt February 04 2014 (8:31pm)

Nifty bit of tactical voting by the host of the ABC’s Media Watch, under attack for his Leftist bias:
[Paul] Barry responded to a description of the ABC as a “Greens-Left activist complex”.
“OK, it’s a fair cop. I admit the crime,” Barry said. ”I only voted Liberal at the last election as a cover.
I’d believe him.
But then things become clear about Barry the closet conservative in an election at the end of the disastrous Rudd-Gillard reign:
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Better evidence of your non-Leftism needed, Paul. That fools no one. 
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An ABC apology as unbelievable as the “torture”

Andrew Bolt February 04 2014 (8:01pm)

Boat people policy, Media

It’s the kind of modern apology - the worthless kind - that is conditioned by the word “if”:
The [ABC’s] admission the ABC’s reporting should have been ‘‘more precise’’ comes five days after Prime Minister Tony Abbott leapt upon the ABC’s reports as evidence the public broadcaster “instinctively takes everyone’s side but Australia’s"…
The ABC has been criticised for claiming in news reports aired on January 22 that new footage of asylum seekers’ burnt hands ‘‘appears to back up’’ the allegations of mistreatment…
In a statement posted online on Tuesday afternoon, ABC managing director Mark Scott and head of news Kate Torney said: ‘‘The ABC’s initial reports on the video said that the vision appeared to support the asylum seekers’ claims. That’s because it was the first concrete evidence that the injuries had occurred. What the video did not do was establish how those injuries occurred.
‘‘The wording around the ABC’s initial reporting needed to be more precise on that point. We regret if our reporting led anyone to mistakenly assume that the ABC supported the asylum seekers’ claims. The ABC has always presented the allegations as just that – claims worthy of further investigation.’’
Scott and Torney insisted that the ABC was right to broadcast the video and air the asylum seekers’ claims.
‘‘Claims of mistreatment by the Australian military are very serious and a responsible media, acting in the public interest, will need to seek an official response and pursue the truth of the claims,’’ they said in their statement.
Not good enough. The ABC gave highly improbable, hotly denied and very damaging allegations a prominence and a weight they did not deserve, and when contradictory information emerged it played it down and make another absurd allegation instead.
And what so many ABC apologists refuse to acknowledge is that such “mistakes” are more likely to be made by people with a predisposition to believe the worst of this government and its policies.  
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If Toyota workers won’t save themselves, why should taxpayers help?

Andrew Bolt February 04 2014 (7:52pm)

If workers won’t make the sacrifices to save their own jobs, why should other workers make the sacrifices to bail them out with subsidies?
TOYOTA workers have launched new legal action to safeguard themselves from any further attempts by the motor giant to remove some of their entitlements.
Amid increased uncertainty about the carmaker’s future in Australia, the industrial dispute playing out in the Federal Court has taken another turn with shop stewards launching a cross appeal against the decision which last year blocked Toyota’s move to cut some of their enterprise agreement’s conditions.
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February 5Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan begins (2014)
Bill Ponsford
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“For the director of music. Of David the servant of the LORD. He sang to the LORD the words of this song when the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said: I love you, LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” - Psalm 18:1-2
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Morning and evening by Charles Spurgeon
February 4: Morning
"The love of the Lord." - Hosea 3:1
Believer, look back through all thine experience, and think of the way whereby the Lord thy God has led thee in the wilderness, and how he hath fed and clothed thee every day--how he hath borne with thine ill manners--how he hath put up with all thy murmurings, and all thy longings after the flesh-pots of Egypt--how he has opened the rock to supply thee, and fed thee with manna that came down from heaven. Think of how his grace has been sufficient for thee in all thy troubles--how his blood has been a pardon to thee in all thy sins--how his rod and his staff have comforted thee. When thou hast thus looked back upon the love of the Lord, then let faith survey his love in the future, for remember that Christ's covenant and blood have something more in them than the past. He who has loved thee and pardoned thee, shall never cease to love and pardon. He is Alpha, and he shall be Omega also: he is first, and he shall be last. Therefore, bethink thee, when thou shalt pass through the valley of the shadow of death, thou needest fear no evil, for he is with thee. When thou shalt stand in the cold floods of Jordan, thou needest not fear, for death cannot separate thee from his love; and when thou shalt come into the mysteries of eternity thou needest not tremble, "For I am persuaded, that neither death; nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Now, soul, is not thy love refreshed? Does not this make thee love Jesus? Doth not a flight through illimitable plains of the ether of love inflame thy heart and compel thee to delight thyself in the Lord thy God? Surely as we meditate on "the love of the Lord," our hearts burn within us, and we long to love him more.
Evening
"Your refuge from the avenger of blood." - Joshua 20:3
It is said that in the land of Canaan, cities of refuge were so arranged, that any man might reach one of them within half a day at the utmost. Even so the word of our salvation is near to us; Jesus is a present Saviour, and the way to him is short; it is but a simple renunciation of our own merit, and a laying hold of Jesus, to be our all in all. With regard to the roads to the city of refuge, we are told that they were strictly preserved, every river was bridged, and every obstruction removed, so that the man who fled might find an easy passage to the city. Once a year the elders went along the roads and saw to their order, so that nothing might impede the flight of any one, and cause him, through delay, to be overtaken and slain. How graciously do the promises of the gospel remove stumbling blocks from the way! Wherever there were by-roads and turnings, there were fixed up hand-posts, with the inscription upon them--"To the city of refuge!" This is a picture of the road to Christ Jesus. It is no roundabout road of the law; it is no obeying this, that, and the other; it is a straight road: "Believe, and live." It is a road so hard, that no self-righteous man can ever tread it, but so easy, that every sinner, who knows himself to be a sinner may by it find his way to heaven. No sooner did the man-slayer reach the outworks of the city than he was safe; it was not necessary for him to pass far within the walls, but the suburbs themselves were sufficient protection. Learn hence, that if you do but touch the hem of Christ's garment, you shall be made whole; if you do but lay hold upon him with "faith as a grain of mustard seed," you are safe.

"A little genuine grace ensures
The death of all our sins."

Only waste no time, loiter not by the way, for the avenger of blood is swift of foot; and it may be he is at your heels at this still hour of eventide.
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Nahum 
[Nā'hum] - compassionate, comforter or full of comfort.
1. The prophet who was born at Elkosh in Galilee, and who prophesied against Nineveh (Nah. 1:1).
The Man Who Preached Doom
Nothing is known of this Minor Prophet outside of what we find in the opening of his small yet strong book. He was born at Elkosh, a village of Palestine. But although Nahum is among the notable unknown of the Bible, he was a student of the history of his time and was raised up to comfort God's people. He prophesied against Nineveh about 150 years after Jonah's revival there. At that time the city was still at the height of its glory (Nah. 3:16-17 ). The empire was extremely cruel. The people gloated that "space failed for corpses of their enemies." They made "pyramids of human heads." Pillars were covered with the flayed skins of their rivals.
Nahum's mission was to declare the terrible doom of Nineveh and one hundred years later it fell. So great was the destruction of the city of the most ferocious, sensual, diabolically atrocious race of men that ever lived, that Alexander the Great marched by and did not know that a great city was under his feet. Lucian wrote, "Nineveh is perished and there is no trace left where once it was." Nahum, convinced that God was slow to anger but would yet take vengeance on His adversaries, "focusses the light of God's moral government upon wicked Nineveh and chants the death and dirge of the world's greatest oppressor."
The leading lessons to be gleaned from the Book of Nahum are encouraging to faith:
I. The goodness and unchangeableness of Jehovah.
II. The limits of divine forbearance.
III. Right prevails in the end.
IV. Darkness comes before the dawn.
V. The universality of God's government, its gracious purpose: its retributive character.
VI. Man's extremity is faith's hour and God's opportunity.
2. Another Nahum. In the A. V. Naum is mentioned as an ancestor of Jesus Christ (Luke 3:25).
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Today's reading: Exodus 34-35, Matthew 22:23-46 (NIV)

View today's reading on Bible Gateway

Today's Old Testament reading: Exodus 34-35

The New Stone Tablets
1 The LORD said to Moses, "Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. 2 Be ready in the morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai. Present yourself to me there on top of the mountain. 3 No one is to come with you or be seen anywhere on the mountain; not even the flocks and herds may graze in front of the mountain."
4 So Moses chiseled out two stone tablets like the first ones and went up Mount Sinai early in the morning, as the LORD had commanded him; and he carried the two stone tablets in his hands....

Today's New Testament reading: Matthew 22:23-46

Marriage at the Resurrection
23 That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 24 "Teacher," they said, "Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him.25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. 26 The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. 27 Finally, the woman died. 28 Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?"
29 Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God...."


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