IntroductionDo you ever wonder what the point is for reading books of the Bible that primarily contain prophecies of God’s impending judgment against certain people and nations?• While others were speaking against Judah, Nahums focus was on Nineveh.• His message :
The ManLittle is known about him1:1 The burden against Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.From city of ElkoshSome think Capernaum (village of Nahum) may be the same location
The MessageDate – 630 – 612 BCIsrael – gone into Assyrian captivityNineveh is the capital of AssyriaTheme: The Fall of NinevehJonah saved this city in 782 BCNOW – 150 years later - - no mercy!
Ninevehs Doom ToldCharacter and power of God1:2-3 2 God is jealous, and the Lord avenges; The Lord avenges and is furious. The Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies; 3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, And will not at all acquit the wicked.
Ninevehs Doom ToldComplete overthrow of Nineveh1:9-11 9 What do you conspire against the Lord? He will make an utter end of it. Affliction will not rise up a second time. 10 For while tangled like thorns, And while drunken like drunkards, They shall be devoured like stubble fully dried. 11 From you comes forth one Who plots evil against the Lord, A wicked
Ninevehs Doom ToldComplete overthrow of Nineveh2:8-10 8 Though Nineveh of old was like a pool of water, Now they flee away. "Halt! Halt!" they cry; But no one turns back. 9 Take spoil of silver! Take spoil of gold! There is no end of treasure, Or wealth of every desirable prize. 10 She is empty, desolate, and waste! The heart melts, and the knees shake; Much
Ninevehs Doom Explained1) Because of her sins3:1 Woe to the bloody city! It is all full of lies and robbery. Its victim never departs.3:4 Because of the multitude of harlotries of the seductive harlot, The mistress of sorceries, Who sells nations through her harlotries, And families through her sorceries.
Ninevehs Doom Explained2) No better than Egypt3:8 Are you better than No Amon (Thebes, Egypt) That was situated by the River, That had the waters around her, Whose rampart was the sea, Whose wall was the sea?
Ninevehs Doom Explained3) Wealth will not save her3:12-13 12 All your strongholds are fig trees with ripened figs: If they are shaken, They fall into the mouth of the eater. 13 Surely, your people in your midst are women! The gates of your land are wide open for your enemies; Fire shall devour the bars of your gates.
Ninevehs Doom Explained3) Wealth will not save her3:18-19 18 Your shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria; Your nobles rest in the dust. Your people are scattered on the mountains, And no one gathers them. 19 Your injury has no healing, Your wound is severe. All who hear news of you Will
LESSONS FOR THEMMESSAGE FOR NINEVEH – DOOMMESSAGE FOR JUDAH – CONSOLATIONWhen enemies harm Gods people, there will be a price to pay.
LESSONS FOR US1.We cant rely on what our ancestors did. (Grandma was a Christian)
LESSONS FOR US1.We cant rely on what our ancestors did. (Grandma was a Christian)2.The Lord is merciful and slow to anger (Study Jonah)
LESSONS FOR US1.We cant rely on what our ancestors did. (Grandma was a Christian)2.The Lord is merciful and slow to anger (Study Jonah)3.But the day of judgment does finally come (Study Nahum)
NT APPLICATION1.The message of Nahum is repeated in the New Testament• Romans 11:22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.