Today Pastor Ed Allen finished his summer book study of Jonah and Nahum by looking at the book of Nahum.
Jonah was a bad prophet, but he's popular. Nahum was a good prophet, but his book is probably the most unpopular of all the prophets.
He preached around 650 BC, about 100 years after Jonah. The revival in Jonah was short-lived.
Why is Nahum so unpopular?
Nahum is about God's wrath, and we don't like that message. Many think his message is beneath the character of God.
What is the message of Nahum?
God had had enough of the Assyrians. He would punish them for their history of unimaginable violence.
They practiced ethnic cleansing, conquered people, took them into slavery, and obliterated them. They were inhumanly cruel.
Nahum was written after the northern kingdom of Israel was obliterated. 50 years later, their atrocities were still unpunished.
What kind of God allowed Assyria to do these cruelties? Nahum answered that.
God is concerned with justice.
There's unbridled joy at the fall of the oppressor. You don't want God talking smack to you, as happens in Nahum 3.
Why is it important for us to hear from Nahum?
It's true. Within 30 years, Assyria completely collapsed.
We don't appreciate God's justice because we haven't experienced injustice at that level.
We live in a place of profound comfort and safety -- that tends to dull our spiritual senses.
We must not trifle with God, but our lives are designed to do that. Our actions do have eternal consequences.
We ended with a reminder that Jesus came. And we need him desperately.