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May28
THE MINOR PROPHETS
Series: Sunday Sermons
Leader: Pastor Bill Terris
Scripture: Nahum 1: 1-9
Date: May 28th, 2017
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Question: “How long will wickedness be allowed to continue?”


Answer: Until God says, “Enough!”


 


Prophet Jonah (760 B.C.) preached, “Forty years and Nineveh will be    


           overturned (Nahum 3:4) -> Repentance and Reforms…spared the city.


Prophet Nahum (660 B.C.) prophesied that Nineveh’s wickedness had


           reached its limit, and its Destruction was coming.  An “oracle’


           (Nahum 1:1) is a burden, a prophecy of weighty judgment.


 


OVERVIEW OF NAHUM


Ch.1- Destruction of Nineveh Decreed


       = WHAT God will do                                 from “Walk Thru


Ch.2- Destruction of Nineveh Described                     The Bible”


       = HOW God will do it


Ch.3- Destruction of Nineveh Deserved


       = WHY God will do it


 


> Prophecy: Judgment on Nineveh


> Purpose of the Prophecy: to encourage and comfort Judah. (Nahum 1:15, 2:2)     


                       Israel was already taken captive by Assyria in 722 B.C..


NOTE: Nahum’s name means ‘comfort’ or ‘consolation’.


> Dating of the Prophecy:


   1. 722 B.C. = fall of Israel (southern kingdom) to the Assyrians


   2. 664 B.C. = fall of the Egyptian capital of Thebes to the Assyrians,


                         led by Ashurbanipal (very powerful king)    Nahum3:8


   3. 612 B.C. = the Babylonians defeated Nineveh  =  48 years after


                         Nahum’s prophecy in approximately 660 B.C.


NOTE: the city was left in “ruins” (Nahum 3:5-7), and these were not found


             by archeologists until A.D. 1842.


 


The main issue to note in Nahum is that he gives:


 


A PROPHECY OF JUDGMENT


 


A. Decreed   Ch.1


- the Lord is jealous for His people, and avenges them    1-2


- patient God  3      - powerful God   3-6


2


 


- He is good to those who look to Him, and He will overthrow


   His enemies   7-8 …retribution


- Assyrians condemned because of their sins   9-14, 2:7a


= a comfort to Judah   15


B. Described   Ch.2


- Assyria conquered and Judah restored    1-2


- the siege of the city   3-7   _flood   cf.1:8


- the plundering of the city 8-13    _fire


NOTE: Nineveh under Ashurbanipal (669-633 B.C.)


          - at the peak of power and prosperity


          - walls 100 feet high, and a 3-chariot width with towers


             reaching 100 feet above the walls


           - surrounded by a moat 50 ft. Wide and 60 ft. Deep


           - a reservoir system…ample water


- Destruction: Assyrian power faded under Ashurbanipal’s sons,


       a flood destroyed part of the wall as the Tigris overflowed


      Nahum 1:8, 2:6, 8 -> Babylonians entered the city, set it on fire


       Nahum 2:13, 3:13, 15 …warriors and chariots, fleeing, treasuries


POINT: This prophecy was fulfilled in exact detail.


C. Deserved   Ch.3


- Nineveh’s cruelty and corruption   1-7


- just as Assyria destroyed Thebes, the Egyptian capital   8-10


- destruction is certain; divine judgment will come   11-19


- GUILTY of Violence, Idolatry, and Arrogance


 


THE GOD OF NAHUM’S PROPHECY


 


1. Who He Is   Nahum 1:2-7


= where our thinking and beliefs begin   cf. Psa. 1:6, 1 Sam. 2:30


2. What He Said


- promises to Israel and Judah  Nahum  2:2 …involved WAITING for God


- promises to all God’s people   2 Peter 3:3-10


3. What He Desires


- that Israel would believe Him -> celebration   Nahum 2:15, 3:19


- that the Church would believe Him -> celebration, change of


   thinking, change into a Christ-like character   2 Peter 3:1, 2, 11-15a


   cf. Romans 8:18…the need to WAIT for God’s timing


POINT: This assurance in the believer changes the quality of life now.