Nahum was a “minor” prophet whose prophecy is recorded in the Bible. He wrote about the end of the Assyrian Empire and its capital city, Nineveh, in a vivid poetic style.
Little is known about Nahum’s personal history; in fact, all we know of Nahum comes from the book bearing his name.
His name means “Comforter”. He was from the town of Elkosh (Nah. 1:1), a town of unknown location today, though it was somewhere in Galilee. He was a very nationalistic Hebrew, though, and lived among the Elkoshites in peace.
Nahum’s prophecy is so exact, written just before the downfall of Assyria, there are many historians, there are many historians who look at it as history… as though it was written after the fact!
I. The Majesty of God
– The Attributes of God… Nahum 1:2-8
– The Anger of God… Nahum 1:9-14
II. The Judgment of God
– Judgment Proclaimed… Nahum 1:15
– Judgment Predicted… Nahum 2:1,2
– Judgment Described… Nahum 2:3-10
– Judgment Vindicated… Nahum 2:11–3:7
– Judgment Forewarned… Nahum 3:8-10
– Judgment Inevitable… Nahum 3:11-19
Almost 100years before, the prophet Jonah had been sent to the people of Nineveh, the capital city of Assyria, with a message of judgment. That time, the Assyrians repented of their wicked ways, and turned to God. And God mercifully spared them.
But, over time, the Assyrians reverted back to their idolatrous ways and their Godless lifestyle. So, God sent Nahum. This time there would be no repentance. This time there would be no mercy. This time, the nation known for its pride and power would be completely wiped out.
To some, Nahum’s single-minded, narrowly focused message of judgment seems like a strange addition to the Bible. But, a holy God of standards must deals with those who reject those standards.
Though “Nahum” means ‘comforter’, his message was anything but comforting. They could only listen to Nahum’s stern words… and wait for the wrath of God to fall.
* God will, one day, right every wrong and punish those who have rejected Him.
You can read Nahum‘s story in the Biblical book that bears his name.