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Three Things God Wants Us To Know (Nahum 1:1-8)Rev Gareth James, January 6, 2019
Part of the Nahum series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The books of Jonah and Nahum both centre upon the city of Nineveh, but they were written 150 years apart. In Jonah the city is seen as being spared destruction from God as the book is about God’s mercy and forgiveness. In Nahum, we see Nineveh’s doom.
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1:1 An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.
2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the Lord is avenging and wrathful;
the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries
and keeps wrath for his enemies.
3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty.
His way is in whirlwind and storm,
and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
4 He rebukes the sea and makes it dry;
he dries up all the rivers;
Bashan and Carmel wither;
the bloom of Lebanon withers.
5 The mountains quake before him;
the hills melt;
the earth heaves before him,
the world and all who dwell in it.
6 Who can stand before his indignation?
Who can endure the heat of his anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire,
and the rocks are broken into pieces by him.
7 The Lord is good,
a stronghold in the day of trouble;
he knows those who take refuge in him.
8 But with an overflowing flood
he will make a complete end of the adversaries,
and will pursue his enemies into darkness. (ESV)