Minor Prophets – Nahum
Nahum’s message is directed entirely towards Assyria
- Jonah brought his message in 760BC
- Nahum’s message around 650BC
2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath.
The Lord takes vengeance on his foes
and vents his wrath against his enemies.
3 The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;
the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished
& Nahum 1:7-8
“The Lord is good,
a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him,
8 but with an overwhelming flood
he will make an end of Nineveh;
he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness.”
These summarize Nahum:
- God is loving and gracious
- God punishes the wicked
“And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness”
God has just as much wrath as he has love:
- God is 100% love
- God is 100% justice
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”
BIG QUESTION :
Does God show His wrath on believers?
”Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.”
Two types of wrath:
- Micro – God brining punishment on an individual for their conduct
- Macro – God bringing his final punishment of people for their conduct
Would God be a good Judge if he let people get away with sin?
GOD HATES SIN
- How it separates people from Him
- How it limits people from being their best
- How it damages relationships
- How it drags us down towards death and destruction
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
1 Thessalonians 5:9
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ
What does God’s punishment look like for us believers?
3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.