by Jerry Vines

The Book of Nineveh
Jerry Vines
Nahum 1-3

How many of you have ever heard a sermon from the book of Nahum? We have one fellow over here. I've never heard one myself. I can hardly wait to hear what I'm going to say about the book of Nahum.

The first statement in the first verse says ''the burden of Nineveh.'' A message of judgment concerning Nineveh. This is the second book in the Bible that has to do with the city of Nineveh. Nineveh was the capital of the wicked nation of Assyria. You may recall that God gave the prophet Jonah a message for the city of Nineveh. The Lord told Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh and preach to them, that they were to repent. The Lord said to Jonah, ''Jonah, preach to them because I love them.''

Now, here is a second book around the city of Nineveh and the Lord says to Nahum, ''Nahum, give a message to the Ninevites. It's too late for the preaching, but tell them that even though I love them, I must judge them.''

So in Jonah we see the love of God. In Nahum we see the wrath of God. Nineveh was a very wicked city. We have studied about it when we looked at the book of Jonah. We know that it was indeed a wicked city. It was a brutal, cruel nation of people. The nations of the earth trembled at the very word of Assyria. Whole cities would commit suicide when the Ninevites made their approach.

Here is one of those godless nations that walks across the pages of human history, with big armies, with ruthless rulers, bullying and beating up on other smaller nations. Nineveh thought they were impregnable. They thought they were beyond judgment. It was a city of about a million in population. It had a great wall and there were about 1200 towers. The Tigress River went around it and there was also a moat around it. They had their own food supply. They thought they were well fixed and nobody could touch them. Yet, God sends a message of judgment to Nineveh. God announces doom that is going to come upon Nineveh. When Nahum gave th ...

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