When I noticed that the scripture block for a week of Come Follow Me was “Nahum, Habbakuk, and Zephaniah,” I thought to myself, “I don’t know if there are any books of scripture that I know less about than these three!” Do you feel the same way?
As I read these books more carefully, however, I saw a powerful theme–Jesus Christ as the Lord of Hosts. This title appears 309 times in scripture, and it occurs in each of these three books. The Lord of Hosts doesn’t mean the Lord of people who hosts guests or parties. “Hosts” in this context means “Armies.” So more than 300 times, Jesus is referred to in scripture as the Lord of Armies–including Nahum 2:13, 3:5, Habakkuk 2:13, Zephaniah 2:9-10.
These verses (and those that surround them) show a sterner side of the Lord, one perhaps more focused on justice than mercy.
This week, it might be helpful to focus on the theme, “A Savior with a Sword.” This aspect of the Savior appears throughout our books of study (e.g., Nahum 1:2, 6, 2:13, 3:15, Habakkuk 1:6-10, and Zephaniah 1:2-6, 14-18, 2:9-15).
Learn more the Savior with a Sword in this Come Follow Me video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJMMnOrJkls–which also appears below. You might also enjoy this excellent article by Kerry Muhlestein: https://rsc.byu.edu/vol-20-no-3-2019/savior-sword-power-fuller-scriptural-picture-christ