Welcome to a quick, 3-day read through the book of Nahum. Most people don’t know much about this little book. Nahum is the 7the book of the Minor Prophets (there are 12 of them) written in Jerusalem in the seventh century B.C. Not much is known about Nahum personally. His name means “comforter” and he was from the town of Algosh (Nahum 1:1). He likely wrote his book about 615 or so BC at or right before the fall of Nineveh.
Although this book is a prophecy of the destruction that God was going to bring against those who opposed Him, chapter 1 shows us much about God’s character.
God is Just (v.2)
2 A jealous and avenging God is the Lord; The Lord is avenging and wrathful. The Lord takes vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserves wrath for His enemies.
God is perfect in His justice. He doesn’t allow unrepented evil to go undealt with.
God is Gracious (v.3a)
3The Lord is slow to anger…
Even though God is perfectly just, He shows unbelievable grace and mercy to humanity. He is not quick-tempered – but slow to anger.
God is Thorough (v.3b)
3 And the Lord will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.
God is complete in His judgement.
God is Powerful (v.3-6)
3The Lord is slow to anger and great in power…
The wind and storms are beneath His feet. He controls the rivers. Who can stand against Him?
God is Good to those who run to Him (v.7)
7The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him.
God is mighty and powerful – but compassionate to those who turn to Him. A stronghold – a place to run for those who take refuge in Him.
God is Perfect in Wisdom (v.9)
9 Whatever you devise against the Lord, He will make a complete end of it.
God acts in perfect knowledge and wisdom. He knows all and always responds correctly.
God is Fair (v.10-14)
God wants the world to know and turn to Him (v.15)
15Behold, on the mountains the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace!
We see these words again…
How lovely on the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who announces peace And brings good news of happiness, Who announces salvation, And says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7 (seen again in Romans 10)
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor