The Sunday lesson for August 30, 2020
The Book of Nahum (Nahum 1:2-8)Phillip Stuckey, August 30, 2020
Part of the Overviews of The Minor Prophets series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Have you ever found yourself struggling to comprehend why evil people and nations continue to thrive and oppress people? The book of Nahum takes us back to a nation of people that were known for their violence and oppression of others, the nation of Assyria. God sent the prophet Jonah to them and they repented but now, many years later, things have changed (Jonah 3:4-5). Will God continue to allow the Assyrians to oppress the nations, including His own people in Judah?
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Nahum 1:2–8 (Listen)
2 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.
3 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 the dust of his feet.
4 He rebukes the sea and makes it dry;
he dries up all the rivers;
Bashan and Carmel wither;
the bloom of Lebanon withers.
5 The mountains quake before him;
the hills melt;
the earth heaves before him,
the world and all who dwell in it.
6 Who can stand before his indignation?
Who can endure the heat of his anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire,
and the rocks are broken into pieces by him.
7 The LORD is good,
a stronghold in the day of trouble;
he knows those who take refuge in him.
8 But with an overflowing flood
he will make a complete end of the adversaries,
and will pursue his enemies into darkness.