by Stuart Briscoe

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God is Good and Angry (7 of 12)
Series: Taking God Seriously
Stuart Briscoe

A century after Jonah's remarkable ministry in Nineveh, Nahum proclaimed Jehovah's message again to the Assyrians.

I. The Context of Nahum's Message.

A. Legendary city and empire.
B. The ministry of Jonah.
C. The repentance of the Assyrians.
D. The repentance of their repentance.
E. The siege of Samaria. 2 Kings 17
F. The invasion of Judah. 2 Kings 18:13-37
G. The defeat of Sennacherib. 2 Kings 19:35-37

II. The Content of Nahum's Message.

A. A message of consolation to Jerusalem.

1. A reminder of God's character.
2. A statement of God's purposes. 1:15

B. A message of warning to Nineveh.

1. What came out of Nineveh. 1:11
2. What God thinks of Nineveh. 2:13
3. What God reminds Nineveh. 3:8-11
4. What God plans for Nineveh. 1:14

5. What will happen to Nineveh. 3:12-19

Note: Literally fulfilled in 612 B.C.

C. A message of instruction about Jehovah.

1. The awesomeness of Jehovah. 1:2-6

a. He is jealous.

i. Related to zealous.
ii. Born of love.

b. He avenges.
i. Human vengeance is often retaliation.
ii. Divine vengeance is always retribution.

c. He displays wrath.

i. Human wrath is not always just.
ii. Divine wrath is related to holiness.

d. He exercises patience.

i. A century of grace following Jonah.
ii. A half-century of grace following Nahum.

e. He demonstrates power.

i. In natural phenomena.
ii. In national affairs.

f. He is relentlessly just.

i. He ensures the guilty are punished.

g. He is inescapable.

2. The goodness of Jehovah. 1:7-8
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