After four hundred years of failing to trust the Divine King, His people decided to ask for a king just like the nations. I Samuel shows us what happened when the ancient church was given a king that looked perfect on the outside but did not have a heart for the True King. Yet, the Lord did not abandon them but found another king, a man after His own heart, a king who could show them a better picture of the Heavenly King, the Promised King, the King who was to come.
The first movie ever filmed in CinemaScope, THE ROBE was nominated for five Academy Awards in 1953, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Richard Burton. Burton stars as Marcellus Galilo, the Roman centurian charged with overseeing the crucifixion. But when he wins Christ's robe in a gambling game at the foot of the cross, his life is forever changed.
The Webster family enjoyed the good life of weekend shopping sprees, nice cars, and a beautiful home. Matt Webster (Chris Steele) was respected by his peers and envied as the man who had it all. But it took a financial crisis to show Matt that all things work together for good to those who stand strong in faith.
Nahum confronts us with the uncomfortable truth that the Living God is both full of goodness and full of anger. We might like a "well-behaved god; who doesn't get 'emotional' about evil and injustice, a god who indulges our sins and cleans up our mess without creating a scene. However, this jealous and avenging God of Nahum is the God whose tolerance of evil and passionate love is the only hope of the world.