Friday, April 11, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 61 Saturday

Nahum 1:1-2:13

Remember Jonah's message to Nineveh? Remember how they repented? Here is the follow-up story. Nahum was sent to Nineveh to tell them that God was not pleased with their idolatry.

The Assyrians were a cruel, warring people. God had given up Israel to them but He had not allowed Judah to be taken captive by them although He did allow Assyria to harass Judah. God made it clear in this book that the Assyrians were no match for Him. Something about pride going before a fall, maybe?

Does God issue any commands?
  • No more would the evil one's name be sown.

Does God make any promises?
  • God brings about revenge upon His enemies. He is slow to anger but vengeance will come.
  • The evil counselor that devised mischief against the LORD would be broken.
  • The gates of the rivers would be opened and the palace dissolved

Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?
  • The LORD is good and knows them that trust in him. It is only through the blood of Jesus Christ that we can be cleansed of our sins and it is in Him that we trust.
  • Jesus is the one upon the mountains whose feet bring good tidings, that publishes peace.

Does this passage teach anything about yet-future events?
  • The earth being burned with fire is predicted.

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Psalms 19:14 (KJV)