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Nahum 1

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The Character of God, and a Prediction of the Fall of Nineveh

Nahum 1

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Lesson Number 1

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. God is great in His attributes.
  2. God is great in His anger.

Practical Application

  1. Look for common ground between interpretation and application.

Questions

  1. What is the theme of the book of Nahum?
  2. Which city served as the capital of the Assyrian Empire for many years?
  3. Which prophet had previously pronounced judgment on Nineveh?
  4. When this prophet pronounced judgment on Nineveh, what happened?
  5. About how many years later did Nahum pronounce judgment on Nineveh?
  6. What did the Tigris River have to do with the fall of Nineveh?

Answers

  1. The theme is the doom of Nineveh.
  2. Nineveh
  3. Jonah
  4. The people of Nineveh repented and were spared, for God withheld His judgment.
  5. About 150 years after Jonah, Micah pronounced judgment on the city of Nineveh.
  6. In 612 B.C., the Tigris River overflowed its banks and undermined Nineveh's huge city walls, allowing the river and the armies of the Babylonians and Medes to sweep in like a flood.

Discuss/Consider

  1. In Nahum Chapter One, there is a wonderful description of the character of God. Review the five listed in this study: a. God is jealous, b. God is avenging, c. God is slow to anger, d. God is great in power, and e. God is good. What do each of these qualities of God mean personally to you?
  2. Assyria had attacked Jerusalem once, but they would not be able to attack it a second time as they planned. God's anger would cut off Assyria and destroy her temples and her gods. Anyone plotting evil against the Lord will ultimately be brought down. Think of the godless man-made philosophies of our day. It's only a matter of time before they will be gone forever.

Challenge

  1. The principle of hermeneutics is one interpretation, but many applications. Look for common ground between interpretation and application.

Key Verses

  • “God is jealous, and the Lord avenges…He will take vengeance on His adversaries…” Nahum 1:2
  • “The Lord is slow to anger and great in power…” Nahum 1:3
  • “The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7
  • “What do you conspire against the Lord? He will make an utter end of it.” Nahum 1:9

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