All three chapters of the tiny ignored book of Nahum are now done. Let me end it today with 2 thoughts. First, the rhetorical question: Did you notice that Nahum ends with a rhetorical question? Do you know what the only other book in the Bible to with a rhetorical question is? Jonah. Jonah 4:11 … Continue reading Rhetorical-ness, God’s Not a Fickle Dummy, & the Full Expression of Jonah & Nahum
In Nahum 3:8-12 Nahum compares Nineveh to other great cities of renown. Thebes, Cush, and Egypt. Stout and strong cities that no one thought could ever be conquered. Yet, Nineveh at the height of its power destroyed Thebes, leaving Cush and Egypt scared of the super power growing next door. Ironic that Nahum points out … Continue reading Biff Taunting Marty McFly in Nahum 3
We’ve come to the end of Nahum, and I have to commend you all for being attentive to God’s Word through what is by and large an ignored book of the Bible. Today and the next few days we'll turn our attention to Nahum 3:1-19. I wonder if you feel it? Do you notice the … Continue reading Nahum 3: We are Whores
The final word the Lord speaks over Nineveh in Nahum 2:13 is, “Behold, I am against you, declares the Lord of hosts, and I will burn your chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from earth, and the voice of your messengers shall no longer … Continue reading Too Drunk on Grace – God Stands for Us in Jesus
Notice the foundation of the destruction of Nineveh in Nahum 2:2. “For the Lord is restoring the majesty of Jacob, as the majesty of Israel, for plunderers have plundered them and ruined their branches.” Why is God doing these things to Nineveh again? In case they’ve forgotten Nahum 1 where God called them to account … Continue reading Nineveh & the Fog of War
How many of you are fans of the J.R.R. Tolkien? How many have read Lord of the Rings? How many have read The Hobbit? Well, it doesn’t take long to notice I’m a huge Tolkien nut when you enter my office and see all the characters from all the movies atop my bookshelf in the … Continue reading Does God Stand Against You?
As we end Nahum 1, note the last verse of chapter 1. 1:15 says, “Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace! Keep your feasts O’ Judah, fulfill your vows, for never again shall the worthless pass through you, he is utterly cut off.” Does this sounds familiar … Continue reading Terror to the Enemy, Comfort to the People
We just saw the Divine Warrior, now lets see His Divine judgments in Nahum 1:9-15. “What do you plot against the Lord? He will make a complete end; trouble will not rise up a second time.For they are like entangled thorns, like drunkards as they drink; they are consumed like stubble fully dried.From you came one who plotted evil against … Continue reading God is Subject to Fallen Notions of Fairness
Nahum 1:2-8, “The Lord is a jealous and avenging God; the Lord is avenging and wrathful; the Lord takes vengeance on His adversaries and keeps wrath for His enemies.The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty. His way is in whirlwind and storm, and the clouds are … Continue reading The Divine Warrior Brings Comfort and Terror
I want to introduce you to a person you may not know anything about. He is in the Bible, he is a prophet, he carried the Word of God to both the people of God and the surrounding nations, he wrote a book we can still read today, and the funny thing is he is … Continue reading Hello My Name is Nahum, Have we Met?