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Nahum Nineveh Destroyed After Being Saved

INTRODUCTION
1. At the same time Jeremiah and Zephaniah were pronouncing judgment    against Judah, another prophet was directing his attention at one of   her enemies
2. The prophet was Nahum, whose name means "Consolation"
   a. Concerning the MAN
      1) His home was Elkosh, of which little is known - Nah 1:1
      2) Some think that Capernaum (lit., "village of Nahum") may have been his birthplace
      3) He was contemporary with Jeremiah, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah
   b. Concerning his MESSAGE
      1) His message is usually dated around 630-612 B.C.
         a) The northern kingdom of Israel was already in Assyrian captivity
         b) Assyria itself was still a world power, though in a state of decline
      2) The theme of his message is simple:  "The Fall Of Nineveh"
         a) This makes his work a complement to that of Jonah
         b) Though by this time no mercy would be shown, judgment would be final
I. NINEVEH'S DOOM TOLD
   A. THE CHARACTER AND POWER OF THE LORD...
      1. God's vengeance, even though He is slow to anger - Nah 1:1-3a
      2. The fierceness of His anger described - Nah 1:3b-6
      3. The goodness of the Lord, as a stronghold to the faithful - Nah 1:7
      4. The pursuer of His enemies - Nah 1:8
   B. THE COMPLETE OVERTHROW OF NINEVEH...
      1. She will not afflict again, despite her plotting against the Lord - Nah 1:9-11
      2. Judah will be delivered from Nineveh's affliction - Nah 1:12-13
      3. Nineveh's destruction has been commanded by the Lord - Nah 1:14
      4. There shall be good tidings in Judah, she can keep her feasts - Nah 1:15
II. NINEVEH'S DOOM DESCRIBED
   A. THE SIEGE AND CAPTURE OF THE CITY...
      1. Furious preparation for the battle is described - Nah 2:1-4
      2. Resistance is futile, captivity has been decreed - Nah 2:5-7
   B. THE UTTER SACK OF THE CITY...
      1. Her inhabitants flee, the city is plundered - Nah 2:8-10
      2. Her destruction will be complete, Nineveh as a dwelling of devouring lions will be no more - Nah 2:11-13
III. NINEVEH'S DOOM EXPLAINED
   A. BECAUSE OF HER SINS...
      1. Her woe will be due to her sins - Nah 3:1-4
      2. The Lord will uncover her shame and make her a spectacle - Nah 3:5-7
   B. SHE IS NO BETTER THAN NO-AMON...
      1. Nineveh is no better than No-Amon (Thebes in Egypt) - Nah 3:8
      2. Who despite her strength, was carried away into captivity - Nah 3:9-10
      3. So it will be with Nineveh - Nah 3:11
   C. HER STRENGTH AND WEALTH WILL NOT SAVE HER...
      1. Her strongholds will fail - Nah 3:12-13
      2. All her efforts, her wealth, her army, will be futile - Nah 3:14-17
   D. HER END HAS COME...
      1. Her leaders are dead, her people scattered - Nah 3:18-19a
      2. Those who hear of her fall will rejoice - Nah 3:19b
CONCLUSION
1. The message of Nahum for the people of God is one of consolation...
   a. That those who afflict God's people will be judged - Nah 1:2-3; cf. Lk 18:7-8
   b. That God is a stronghold in time of trouble - Nah 1:7;  cf. Ps 27:5
   -- Are you trusting in God as your Stronghold?
2. The message of Nahum for those who do evil is one of warning...
   a. Don't rely on what mercy was shown to your ancestors (e.g., as in the days of Jonah)
   b. The Lord may be merciful and slow to anger, but the day of judgment does finally come!
   -- Are you trusting in what your parents or ancestors may have done, to escape the judgment of God?
3. This message of Nahum is reminiscent of the words of Paul:Ro 11:22

 

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