by Roger Thomas

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Nahum: God Is - He Really Is! (15 of 20)
Roger Thomas
Nahum 1:1-7

Introduction: Many people have a problem with God. Most people believe in God. Few are atheists. However, the god that many folk believe in is much different that the God of the Bible, the God of Noah's Flood, the God that brought judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah, or the God who spoke the Ten Commandments so forcefully at Mt Sinai.

The most popular god has more in common with Santa Claus than Jehovah. He is a nice god who loves and blesses and is at home on the range because he never utters a discouraging word. This popular god would never become angry and could never ever send anyone to hell. Not this god! The problem is-this popular god is imaginary-as imaginary as the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy.

Nahum helps keep us on course! Nahum is our thirty-third book in our journey through the Bible. It is also one of the shortest and most often overlooked books toward the end of the Old Testament. This little book has only three chapters and forty-seven verses. Nahum, like the book of Jonah, proclaimed a call of judgment upon the city of Nineveh. That's where Jonah was supposed to go when he took a wrong turn that landed him in the belly of a great fish. Nineveh was the ancient capital of Assyria or what is today northern Iraq. Nineveh sat on the Tigris River, very close to the modern Iraqi city of Mosul.

Approximately one-hundred fifty years after Nineveh repents and is spared before Jonah's watching eyes, the city has returned to its old evil ways. Once again God's sends a message to the city. This time the message is more than a warning. It is a prediction of judgment. But God also intended the message to Nineveh to be overheard by Judah. For God's people, the message of Nahum was both a comfort and a warning. They are comforted to know that God promises to take care of one of their most dreaded enemies. He will protect them. On the other hand, Judah is put on notice that the same f ...

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