SNAPSHOT OF NAHUM
- Date: 663-654 BC (Assyrian Empire)
- Theme: God is slow to anger, but will punish evildoers.
- Key Verse(s): Nahum 1:7-8 The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him. But with an overflowing flood He will make a complete end of its site, and will pursue His enemies into darkness.
- YouTube: For a brief video synopsis, visit fellowshipcleveland.com/the-other-guys and click on “The Bible Project Synopsis” for Nahum.
What attribute of God is your favorite (see partial list on back)?
It’s not likely that anyone named God’s wrath as their favorite attribute. But the Book of Nahum chronicles God’s wrath against a nation and city. Read Nahum 1:1-6. What description of God stuck out to you?
How can you reconcile Nahum 1:7 with the previous verses?
What does Nahum’s name mean?* Why is the meaning of his name appropriate, despite the seeming doom and gloom of his message?
To Nahum (and Jonah before him), the city of Nineveh and the country of Assyria were the embodiment of evil. Is there anyone you believe embodies evil? As a Christ-follower, how do you balance mercy with a desire for justice?
Following Jonah’s message, the repentance of the city of Nineveh (Jonah 3), though remarkable, did not last. Read Nahum 3:1-3. How is Nineveh described? Discuss God’s patience in giving them ~100 years after their repentance to “get it right”. What does this reveal about Nineveh and what does it reveal about God?
Read Nahum 2:13. How would you feel if you heard those words directed to you?
Read Romans 8:31. What is the promise for believers in this verse?
The language that is used in Nahum 3:4-6 is graphic. How does the descriptive language give you a sense of the way God feels about sin?
Though the judgment of Nahum concerns the Assyrians, the book itself is addressed to the people of God. Aaron shared that the message is one of hope: no matter what, God is God, God is good, and God’s good is for YOU. Nahum himself says that God “cares for those who trust in Him” (1:7). Do you trust that God’s good is for you?
* Nahum means “comfort”
Write down specific actions you will do to implement the message of hope in Nahum by choosing to trust and take refuge in God (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Follow the reading plan for the Book of Habakkuk this week:
- Monday 7/23 1
- Tuesday 7/24 2
- Wednesday 7/25 3
- Thursday 7/26 1-2
- Friday 7/27 3
FOR FURTHER STUDY
A number of God’s attributes are on display in Nahum, including His justness, goodness, and wrath. Read through the verses below. Write down anything that strikes you in the verses describing His attributes, and meditate on them this week.
- God is infinite. Romans 11:33
- God is just. Psalm 75:1-7
- God is holy. Revelation 4:8-11
- God is merciful. Deuteronomy 4:29-31
- God is omnipresent. Psalm 139:7-12
- God is omniscient. Psalm 139:1-6
- God is self-sufficient. Acts 17:24-28
- God is omnipotent. Jeremiah 32:17-18, 26-27
- God is good. Psalm 119:65-72
- God is transcendent. Psalm 113:4-5
- God is immutable. Psalm 102:25-28
- God is love. 1 John 4:7-10
- God is sovereign. 1 Chronicles 29:11-13
- God is wrathful. Nahum 1:2-8
- God is faithful. Psalm 89:1-8
- God is wise. Proverbs 3:19-20