NAHUM BIBLE STUDY CHAPTER ONE
Prophesying sometime between 663-612 B.C., Nahum predicted the downfall of Nineveh, Assyria’s Capital city. Nineveh had once repented of its extreme wickedness and turned to God for mercy in response to Jonah’s preaching more than 100 years earlier. However, the people had returned to their false gods and their practice of cruelty and oppression. The Assyrians had already conquered the northern kingdom of Israel and were now attacking and robbing parts of Judah. Nahum comforts God’s people by telling them that God would defend them and destroy the Assyrians. Nineveh’s fall occurred in 612 B.C., when it was conquered by a political and military alliance that included the Babylonians, Medes and Scythians.
A JEALOUS AND AVENGING GOD.
“Jealous” is used here in the sense of the Lord’s eagerness and passion for protecting His people (Deuteronomy 4:24; 5:9). He would take revenge on those who opposed His Word and kingdom by justly repaying them for their rebellion and hostility toward Him and His people (Deuteronomy 32:35,41).
THE LORD IS SLOW TO ANGER.
God is extremely patient because He wants to give sinners time to repent (2 Peter 3:9) - to change their attitude toward Him, admit their sin, turn from their own ways and follow His purposes. However, there is a limit to His kindness and patience. Those who stubbornly continue in their own way will finally face His justified anger and judgment (Romans 11:22).
PLOT AGAINST THE LORD
The Assyrians were plotting ways to destroy the city of Jerusalem and the nation of Judah, but God would not allow their plans to be carried out.
This passage is similar to the passage in Isaiah 52:7.
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