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Summary: God Is Awesome / Majesty of the Lord / Character and power of God

NAHUM (COMPASSIONATE) THE AVENGER

Based in capital of Assyria / Mosul, N. Iraq, 640 BC; “Once the recipients of God’s mercy and grace towards the Gentiles (under Jonah), now 100 years later, the Ninevites had returned to sin and rebellion. They thought their high-walled, 200-towered city was impregnable . . . but they should’ve listened to Nahum! . . . It was destroyed by the Medes and the Babylonians under Nabopolassar, the father of Nebuchadnezzar . . . after Jonah, they sinned again so would be destroyed. Obadiah dealt with Edom; Jonah / Nahum dealt with Assyria (lion; antichrist is from there per Isaiah and Micah); Habakkuk with Babylon . . . Assyria was the empire founded by Asshur, the son of Shem –Gen 10) c/o Marilyn Hickey

1 The (A)pronouncement of (B)Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite:

2 A (C)jealous and avenging God is the LORD; The LORD is (D)avenging and [a]wrathful. The LORD takes (E)vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies.

YES, GOD IS LOVE, BUT WE NEED TO BE CONCERNED RE: REVELATION.

3 The LORD is (F)slow to anger and great in power, And the LORD will by no means leave the guilty unpunished. In the (G)gale and the storm is His way, And (H)clouds are the dust beneath His feet.

HE IS PATIENT BUT IT WEARS THIN WHEN WE SIN.

4 He (I)rebukes the sea and dries it up; He dries up all the rivers. (J)Bashan and Carmel wither, the blossoms of Lebanon wither.

5 Mountains (K)quake because of Him, And the hills (L)come apart; Indeed the earth is (M)upheaved by His presence, The (N)world and all the inhabitants in it.

6 (O)Who can stand before His indignation? Who can endure the (P)burning of His anger? His (Q)wrath gushes forth like fire, And the (R)rocks are broken up by Him.

7 The LORD is (S)good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And (T)He knows those who take refuge in Him.

GOD IS OUR REFUGE, GOD IS STRENGTH, A VERY PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE . . .

8 But with an (U)overflowing flood He will make a complete end of [b]its site, And will pursue His enemies into (V)darkness. 9 Whatever you (W)devise against the LORD, He will make a (X)complete end of it. Distress will not rise up twice.

“IN THE 3RD YEAR OF THE SIEGE, THE RIVER KHUSUR AND THE CANAL TO THE TIGRIS . . . WASHED AWAY A PORTION OF THE WALL . . . THE INVATERS ENTERED TO TAKE OVER. WHEN THE KING OF NINEVAH SAW THIS . . . HE GAVE UP AND BUILT A LARGE FUNERAL TOWER IN THE PALACE. HE BURNED HIS CONCUBINES ENUCHS AND HIMSELF.” Marilyn Hickey

10 Like tangled (Y)thorns, And like those who are (Z)drunken with their drink, They are (AA)consumed Like stubble completely dried up.

THE BIBLE WARNS RE: DRINKING.

11 From you has gone out One who (AB)plotted evil against the LORD, A [c](AC)wicked counselor.

BE CAREFUL OF WHOM WE LISTEN TO RE: COUNSEL.

12 This is what the LORD says: “Though they are at full strength and so they are many, So also they will be (AD)cut off and pass away. Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you (AE)no longer.

BAD THINGS SOMETIMES COME FROM GOD IF WE SIN.

13 So now, I will (AF)break his yoke from upon you, And I will tear your shackles to pieces.”

MAY JESUS SET US FREE.

14 The LORD has issued a command concerning [d]you: “[e]Your name will (AG)no longer be perpetuated. I will eliminate the (AH)carved image and the cast metal image From the house of your gods. I will prepare your (AI)grave, For you are contemptible.”

15 [f]Behold, (AJ)on the mountains, the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace!

THIS IS A REFERENCE TO THE MESSIAH. THIS IS LIKE ROMANS 10:15.

(AK)Celebrate your feasts, Judah, Pay your vows. For (AL)never again will the [g]wicked one pass through you; He is (AM)eliminated completely. T

ITHE AND GIVE OFFERINGS.

Footnotes

Nahum 1:2 Lit a possessor of wrath

Nahum 1:8 I.e., Nineveh’s

Nahum 1:11 Or worthless; Heb Belial

Nahum 1:14 I.e., the king of Nineveh

Nahum 1:14 Lit No more of your name will be sown

Nahum 1:15 Ch 2:1 in Heb

Nahum 1:15 Or worthless one; Heb Belial

The Overthrow / Judgment of Nineveh / Man joins with nature

2 [a]The one who scatters has come up against [b]you. Keep watch over the fortress, watch the road; [c]bind up your waist, [d]summon all your strength.

2 For the LORD will restore the splendor of Jacob Like the splendor of Israel, Even though destroyers have laid waste to them and ruined their vines.

THE LORD RESTORES US!

3 The shields of [e]his warriors are dyed red, The warriors are dressed in scarlet, The chariots are fitted with [f]flashing steel [g]When he is prepared to march, And the juniper spears are brandished.

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