Assyria’s Turn. The Book of Nahum. Review of Last Week. King Hezekiah – the Reformer, the Mediator King Manasseh – the “apprentice” king Ruled for 55 years Feared Assyria’s power Made Judah a vassal state again Blended religions in Judah Repented, tried to reform things but the
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The Book of Nahum
How does Nahum describe God in verses 2-6 and 8?
God is slow to anger and great in power.
He doesn’t leave the guilty unpunished
but seeks vengeance on them.
How does Nahum describe God in verse 7?
God is a refuge in time of trouble to all who trust him.
What images does Nahum use to describe God in vs. 3 – 6? What can we conclude about God from this?
Images of a whirlwind & a storm, a wind drying up the seas and rivers, fire and earthquake. God is in control & rights the wrongs of this world.
What can Judah look forward to?
Nahum 1:12 – 13: Freedom when Assyria is destroyed.
Nahum 1:15: Peace, faithful worship, & freedom
What do Nahum 1:5, Isaiah 52:7 and Romans 10:15 share? In Romans 10:15 whom does this image describe?
They all use the same image of the feet of those that bring good news. In Romans 10, Paul uses this image to identify the preachers of the gospel.
In what way was water a tool of judgment against Assyria?
Nahum predicted that a flood would overwhelm Nineveh and would cause the place to collapse. According to historians, the Babylonians dammed up the river outside the walls and later released the water to cause a flood that destroyed the wall protecting the city.
What image did Nahum use to describe Assyria’s past power?
Lions. (verses 11 – 12)
Because God was against Assyria, what would happen (v. 13)?
God would destroy the “young lions.”
How does the writer describe the scene of an Assyrian conquest? (verses 1 – 3)
Assyrian armies roared through the cities with horses & chariots, splattering blood & leaving piles of corpses.
How were Nineveh’s fortresses like ripe figs? (verse 12)
Nineveh’s fortresses would fall as easily as ripe fruit falls from a tree.
How were the cities’ leaders like grasshoppers or locusts? (verses 15 - 17)
The Assyrians were stripping the wealth from nations they conquered. Then they would also suddenly disappear like locusts, and no one would know where they went.
How would the rest of the world respond to the news of Nineveh’s destruction? (verse 19)
With great joy.