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Summary: To show that JESUS is GOOD, our Strength and our Stronghold in the day of trouble and He knows those who trust in Him.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Who is Your Stronghold?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that JESUS is GOOD, our Strength and our Stronghold in the day of trouble and He knows those who trust in Him.

IV. TEXT:

Nahum 1:7 (Amplified Bible)

1:7 The Lord is good, a Strength and Stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows (recognizes, has knowledge of, and understands) those who take refuge and trust in Him.

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You are Good all the time, You are my Strength, You are my Stronghold in the day of trouble and You know me very well because I trust in You.

VI. TITLE:

The Good LORD, stronghold in the day of trouble

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: uncertain. Probably Nahum. Nahum means "compassionate" or "full of comfort"

This book is regarded by some scholars as a sequel to Jonah. It would appear that the Assyrians, after their repentance at the preaching of Jonah, soon relapsed into gross idolatry. They plundered other nations, and their capital became like a lions' den full of prey, Nahum 2:11-12.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

B. Date written: a sequel to Jonah. 664 to 612 B.C.

C. Purpose: To pronounce divine vengeance upon the bloody city and to console Judah with promises of future deliverance,—Nahum 3:1; 1:13-15—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines

D. To whom written: GOD's people in Judah and Nineveh's inhabitants

E. Main Theme: destruction of Nineveh

F. Key word: Judgement

G. Key verse: Nahum 1:7-9 (Amplified Bible)

1:7 The Lord is good, a Strength and Stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows (recognizes, has knowledge of, and understands) those who take refuge and trust in Him.

1:8 But with an overrunning flood He will make a full end of [Nineveh’s very] site and pursue His enemies into darkness.

1:9 What do you devise and [how mad is your attempt to] plot against the Lord? He will make a full end [of Nineveh]; affliction [which My people shall suffer from Assyria] shall not rise up the second time.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. The LORD is Good, a Strength and Stronghold in the day of trouble

"The Lord is good, a Strength and Stronghold in the day of trouble;"

Good or "tob" in Hebrew meaning:

1. in the widest sense as noun and adverb

2. beautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, glad

3. graciously, joyful, kindly, kindness, loving

Strong hold or "maoz mauz maoz mauz" in Hebrew meaning:

1. fortified place

2. figuratively a defence - force, fort, rock, strength

Day or "yom" in Hebrew meaning:

1. day (literally from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next)

2. figuratively a space of time defined by an associated term

Trouble or "tsarah" in Hebrew meaning:

1. tightness

2. rival: - adversary, adversity, affliction, anguish, distress, tribulation

1. The LORD is Good.

1 Chronicles 16:34 (Amplified Bible)

16:34 O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!

Psalms 25:8 (Amplified Bible)

25:8 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore will He instruct sinners in [His] way.


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