Faith for Dark Days (48 of 54) by Stan Coffey

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Faith for Dark Days (48 of 54)
Series: Through the Bible Survey
Stan Coffey

NAHUM AND HABAKKUK - FAITH FOR DARK DAYS

AUTHORSHIP: The name Nahum means ''Comfort, Consolation, or Relief''. The prophet came from Elkosh (Chapter 1:1). Though the location of Elkosh is unknown, suggestions include Capernaum which is literally translated ''the village of Nahum''.

DATE: 663 - 612 BC

THEME: Nahum proclaims the doom of the Assyrian capitol of Nineveh. Among the reasons for the condemnation of the city are the following:

I. The inhumanities of the Assyrian army (Chapter 2:12)

II. The vices of the city (Chapter 3:4)

SIGNIFICANCE: The nature of God and His wrath and His justice and His power makes it inevitable that His enemies will perish (Chapter 1:2-10). This lesson is of permanent significance for us.

I. GOD'S WRATH UPON HIS ENEMIES - Chapter 1:2-15
A. God's wrath revealed - Chapter 1:2-8
B. God's specific wrath upon Nineveh - Chapter 1:9-14
C. The Good News for God's people - Chapter 1:15

II. NINEVEH AND HER DESTRUCTION - Chapter 2:1 - Chapter 3:19
A. The siege of Nineveh Chapter 2:1-6
B. The spoiling of Nineveh - Chapter 2:7-13
C. The sin of Nineveh - Chapter 3:1-7
D. Thieves of Nineveh - Chapter 3:8-15
E. The lack of hope for Nineveh - Chapter 3:6-19

CONCLUSIONS: Nineveh, situated on the river Tigris, was established upon a foundation of the city founded by Nimrod, (Gen. 10:11 and 12). This great city was the capitol of Assyria until 612 BC when Nahum's prophecy of doom came to pass and it fell to the Medes, Babylonians, and the Scythiens. Shortly after the fall of Nineveh in accordance with the prophecy of Nahum, Assyria ceased to exist and became part of the Babylonian Empire. The excavations of the city since 1845 corroborate several of the statements of Nahum.

HABAKKUK - FAITH FOR DARK DAYS
AUTHORSHIP: The Book of Habakkuk was written by the prophet whose name the book bears. Little is known about Habakkuk apart from the fa ...


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