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  1. Most poetic of Minor Prophets • Particularly poignant • Rebukes a bloody nation • Comforts Judah Nahum

  2. Historical Context Message Nahum Lessons

  3. Historical Context Nineveh repented at Jonah’s preaching, Jon. 1:2; 3:2, 5 Assyria later conquered Israel, 2 Kgs. 17:3-6 Sennacherib invaded Judah and laid siege to Jerusalem, 2 Kgs. 18:13, 17 Nahum

  4. Historical Context Ashurbanipal conquered No Amon, Thebes in Egypt, around 633 B.C., Nah. 3:8-10 God was using Assyria as an instrument of wrath, Isa. 10:5-11 Nahum

  5. Message God is in control, 1:2, 3 • Overwhelming enemies, 1:6 • Comfort to His people, 1:7, 15 Nahum

  6. Message Destruction of Assyria • Get ready, 2:1 • Chaldean army, 2:3, 4 • Assyria will be wide open, 2:5-10 Nahum

  7. Lessons The righteous are comforted to know the wicked will be brought to justice, 1:15; 3:18, 19; Rev. 21:8 • Abortionists • Casinos • Breweries • Pornographic magazines, movies… • Liars (politicians) Nahum

  8. Lessons Righteousness exalts a nation, sin is a reproach, Prov. 14:34 • Leaders • Mercy & truth, Prov. 20:28 • Free from corruption, Prov. 25:4, 5; 29:12 • Justice, Prov. 29:4; 31:4, 5 Nahum

  9. Lessons Righteousness exalts a nation, sin is a reproach, Prov. 14:34 • People, Prov. 29:2 • Need counsel, Prov. 11:14; 29:18 • Righteous people preserve a nation, Gen. 18:32 • Are we contributing to preservation, Mt. 5:13 Nahum

  10. Lessons No one who is guilty can stand before God, 1:3, 6, 14 • Assyria had conquered many nations • Unwittingly used by God, Isa. 10 • Now facing off with God. • Where is Assyria today? Nineveh, Gen. 10:8-11 Her kings Her armies Nahum

  11. Lessons No one who is guilty can stand before God, 1:3, 6, 14 • Personally: we may get away with sin among men, but not before God • Cain • David • Jezebel • Us, 2 Cor. 5:10 Nahum

  12. Poetic, but Poignant • God punishes the wicked • Comforts His own Nahum