God's Peace and Satan's
The book of Nahum
To heed the peaceful tidings of good news so that there are
no consequences to suffer.
To motivate the audience to choose God's "peace" and NOT
Song of Invitation:
# 123; Peace, Perfect Peace!
I. Nahum, an Elkoshite, gives an object
lesson to modern nations today.
II. Nahum loved his country and his people,
he did not want to see it/them
III. Even the proud, mighty, nasty, and unrighteous
Assyrians can be routed
IV. God's jealousy is shown by "vengeance"
being listed 3 times in 1 verse.
Trans: Vengeance is not what He wants
to give His creation. Rather, good thing!
I. Nahum brings good tidings.
news is here.
[1: 15; Mic 4: 2; Rom 10: 15
1. Messianic prophecy is good news!
2. It may not be NOW, but if we are patient,
we will enjoy its fruits for eternity.
3. BUT, we must "boldly" speak of God to the world.
[Isa 40: 9
4. Good news, peace, glad tidings, good things, and salvation!
[Isa 52: 7
i. Preach the gospel!
[Mt 28: 19-20; Mk 16: 15-16]
ii. Includes repentance and remission of sins.
[Lk 24: 47
Trans: If we are
obedient to repentance, God will bless us with peace.
II. Nahum proclaims peace.
to every man that worketh good."
[Rom 2: 10]
1. Good tidings are for ALL who have sinned!
[Rom 3: 10, 23]
2. God is NOT a respector of persons.
[2 Chr 19: 7; Rom 2: 11; Eph 6: 9; Col 3: 25; Jam 2: 1; 1 Pet 1: 17]
3. "The way of peace they have not known."
[Rom 3: 10-18]
i. Must teach others of the "better" way - Jesus Christ.
ii. Through Jesus Christ ONLY will we have peace.
iii. Must pursue peace because of its blessing.
[Rom 14: 19]
4. If we pursue peace, we will be equipped to "edify" one another.
i. Edification will build God's kingdom here on earth.
ii. Have I put myself out to edify my spiritual brother/sister?
iii. Do my neighbors see God's edifying light?
[Mt 5: 14-16]
"peace" is contrasted with "Satan, the god of evil."
[Rom 16: 20]
1. God is "peace", Satan is "confusion."
[1 Cor 14: 33]
2. Satan does not want us to be edifying with the truth of
i. Satan's confusion = being lost!
ii. Loss of purpose in life, loss of peace, and loss of salvation
iii. Salvation is like an island in the middle of the wild
Trans: "Be saved",
otherwise suffer the consequences.
III. Nahum warns Judah.
only will the Assyrians NEVER AGAIN enjoy victory,
a physical salvation, but the spiritual parallel is that the victor -
Jesus Christ and His gospel - is here!
1. The spiritual salvation is what is most important for us.
2. Evil will continue to exist around us, but we have a route
"excellence of Jacob" will be restored.
1. The chosen of God must be obedient.
2. It is a small price to pay for so great a gift.
1. Bloody battles
2. "Hearts melt and the knees shake"
i. Prepare NOW for this terrible time.
ii. How urgent am I encouraging others to seek it?
is overdue and tough.
[2: 11-3: 7]
1. As Assyria was totally annihilated, so will the unrighteous.
2. The Assyrian dead are piling up, and so will the unrighteous
1. Many other nations sat in their pride and perished.
2. We too will perish if we do not heed the good tidings of
I. Heed God's good news and peace, otherwise
face severe judgement.
II. Judgement is inevitable, so plan for it
III. Plan to obey His will, NOT your own!
I. We invite you to come and comfort yourselves
with God's "peace" and truth.
A. His truth
requires a long-suffering obedience.
to His plan of salvation is the start.
will be one of many gifts.
II. God wants us to be:
[Jn 6: 44-5; 8: 32]
in God and His Word.
[Jn 8: 24, Acts 16: 31]
for past sins.
[Ac 17: 30]
Jesus Christ as our Lord [Mt
10: 32, Rom 10: 8-13]
E. Being baptized
for our sins.
[Mk 16: 15-6, Acts 10: 47-8]
F. Being faithful
[Re 2: 10]
I. The theme & author [1:
II. The majesty of God [1: 2-14]
attributes of God [1: 2-8]
anger of God [1: 9-14]
III. The Judgement of God [1:
proclaimed. [1: 15]
predicted [2: 1-2]
described [2: 3-10]
vindicated [2: 11-3: 7]
forewarned [3: 8-10]
inevitable [3: 11-9]
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