The book of Nahum is God’s announcement of judgment to Assyria and specifically its capital city Nineveh. It was given to Nahum in a vision. Approximately 100 years prior, God had sent Jonah to preach to the Ninevites and they had repented from their evil ways. But by the time of Nahum’s book, their leaders had returned to wickedness, and God was announcing His severe punishment. Nahum shows that despite the unjust and lawless nature of a nation, God is slow to anger, but He will not always delay His intervention and punishment. God had judged Israel and Judah for their appalling wickedness, and now He was to judge the Assyrians. Assyria had reached the zenith of its power, and its downfall probably appeared impossible to many. God now comes to rescue His people by defeating the Assyrians and disseminating their capital city of Nineveh.
“The LORD is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. He is close to those who trust in Him.” (Nahum 1:7, NLT)
What keeps you from expressing gratitude more often?
Study Guide Available
For the corresponding study guide, please contact Melissa Renner at firstname.lastname@example.org.