War chariot of the Assyrians, ca 3500 B.C / Kriegswagen der Assyrer, ca 3500 v.Chr, Historisch, historical, digital improved reproduction of an original from the 19th century / digitale Reproduktion einer Originalvorlage aus dem 19. Jahrhundert. (Photo by: Bildagentur/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Nahum’s ministry was about 140/50 years after Nineveh had repented when warned by Jonah.  Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, the nation which ravaged nation after nation.  They were extremely wicked and God has again lost his patience with them.  He had mercifully extended their time after Jonah’s message and their repentance at that time.  The Assyrians were the ones who dispersed the Northern Kingdom of Israel.  Later the Babylonians captured the Southern Kingdom—Judah, Benjamin, Levi.  These are the tribes people like me consider to be Israel today.  😀  I am no expert but that is an opinion at least common among us Gentiles.  There are scriptures in Revelation that indicate more people from various tribes will be reunited. 

The three chapters in the Book of Nahum all consist of God’s anger, warning, and fall of Nineveh.

Some significant passages.  The kind that make nice mini-sermons.  😀

1:2-7  A nice descriptive picture of the Lord.  Verse 3:  The Lord is slow to anger and great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilt unpunished.  Verse 7:  The Lord is good, a refuge in ties of trouble.  He cares for those who trust in him,…  Verse 15: a prophesy of Jesus “ILook, there on the mountains, the feet of one who brings good news, and proclaims peace! 

2:2 A promise that Israel will be restored.  The rest of the chapter is a warning to Nineveh that calamity is coming.

3:all  A continued list of disasters coming to Nineveh, ending with a direct message to the king of Assyria.  “..your shepherds slumber; your nobles lie down to rest.  Your people are scattered on the mountains with no one to gather them.  Nothing can heal your wound; your injury is fatal.  Everyone who hears the news about you claps his hands at your fall, for who has not felt your endless cruelty?

NOTE:  This is a book in which all prophesy is negative.  There is no mention of repentance and redemption.  The few places of promise and hope are to the land of Israel, not Nineveh.  I believe even then there might have been individuals in Nineveh who were redeemed because every man makes his own choice but God does lift his hand of safety and leaves nations to suffer their own consequences.  He also sends plagues and mighty armies to chastise nations as he did to Nineveh.

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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12 Responses to NAHUM

  1. Love sitting in your class!!!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks, Frank. This helps my insecurities. But I gave an intro saying basically, my lessons are for those who have avoided the minor prophets. They contain much which needs to be said – and read. Nahum message is sad with no offer for redemption, except for the glimmer of Jesus coming.

  2. Faye says:

    Great Teaching. Thank you.

  3. Dawn Marie says:

    hugs to you Oneta for another valuable lesson!

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