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Nahum 2

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Nineveh Falls to the Armies of the Medes and Babylonians

Nahum 2

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Lesson Number 2

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The splendor of Nineveh would be removed.
  2. The splendor of Israel will be restored.

Practical Application

  1. Don't pull prophecy out of context.
  2. Remember God's “I am against you” has a corollary truth.

Questions

  1. What could be the title of the prophecy of Nahum?
  2. What is the theme of the prophecy of Nahum?
  3. Why had God had delayed His judgment on the pagan city of Nineveh?
  4. In which geographical area did Nahum write his prophecy?
  5. Although Nahum's prophecy of judgment was directed at Nineveh, it was a warning and wake-up call to another kingdom who had departed from the Lord. Which kingdom would this be?

Answers

  1. “To Nineveh from Nahum.”
  2. “The Doom of Nineveh.”
  3. Because they had previously repented of their sinful ways when Jonah had preached there more than 100 years before Nahum's time.
  4. He wrote from the Southern Kingdom of Judah because the Northern Kingdom of Israel had already fallen to the Assyrians in 722 B.C.
  5. The Southern Kingdom of Judah, who had also departed from the Lord.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Read Nahum 2:1-13. Review the description of the battle and the fall of Nineveh by the armies of the Medes and the Babylonians. Assyria had been like a proud lion tearing other nations apart. Now she herself would be cut off and devoured. The splendor of Nineveh would be removed, a fact confirmed by archaeology. No amount of defense can save a city that God has decreed for judgment, then or today.
  2. Nahum 2:2 is an interruption of the description of the attack on Nineveh. It looks forward to the future when the Lord returns. Then the tables will be turned. Once Assyria had the splendor and glory, but the splendor of Nineveh will be removed and the splendor and glory of Israel will be restored. This prophecy will not be fully realized until the Lord returns and sets up His kingdom here on this earth. The Lord will be here and He will be King!

Challenge

  1. Prophecy must be viewed in its context. Don't pull prophecy out of context.
  2. God's “I am against you” has a corollary truth. (Corollary means something that naturally follows). This was God's word against Nineveh, but it can be applied to any nation, city or person who is an enemy of God. See Romans 8:31. If we turn to the Lord and receive Christ as our personal Savior, then we are on God's side, and if God is for us, who can be against us? No one!

Key Verses

  • “The Lord will restore the excellence of Jacob like the excellence of Israel” Nahum 2:2
  • “Though Nineveh of old was like a pool of water…she is empty, desolate, and waste!” Nahum 2:8-10
  • “Behold, I am against you, says the Lord of hosts, the voice of your messengers shall be heard no more.” Nahum 2:13

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