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God's Peace and Satan's Confusion!


Sermon:                   The book of Nahum
Thesis:                      To heed the peaceful tidings of good news so that there are
                                  no consequences to suffer.
Object:                     To motivate the audience to choose God's "peace" and NOT
                                  Satan's "confusion."
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
        by God.

IV.   God's jealousy is shown by "vengeance" being listed 3 times in 1 verse.
        [1: 2]

Trans:    Vengeance is not what He wants to give His creation.  Rather, good thing!


I.   Nahum brings good tidings.

       A.   Good 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.

       A.   "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]

       B.   God's "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 God!
                     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 sea.

       Trans: "Be saved", otherwise suffer the consequences.

III.   Nahum warns Judah.

       A.   Not only will the Assyrians NEVER AGAIN enjoy victory,        [1: 15]
              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 of escape
                    that will

       B.   The "excellence of Jacob" will be restored.                               [2: 1-2]
              1.   The chosen of God must be obedient.
              2.   It is a small price to pay for so great a gift.

       C.   Judgement is described.                                                         [2: 3-10]
              1.   Bloody battles
              2.   "Hearts melt and the knees shake"                                      [2: 10]
                     i.   Prepare NOW for this terrible time.
                     ii.   How urgent am I encouraging others to seek it?

       D.   Judgement 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      [3:3]

       E.   Judgement is forewarned.                                                        [3: 8-10]
              1.   Many other nations sat in their pride and perished.
              2.   We too will perish if we do not heed the good tidings of peace.

       F.   Judgement is inevitable.                                                         [3: 11-19]


I.   Heed God's good news and peace, otherwise face severe judgement.

II.   Judgement is inevitable, so plan for it NOW.

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.
       B.  Obedience to His plan of salvation is the start.
       C.  "Peace" will be one of many gifts.

II.  God wants us to be:
       A.  Hearing/studying His Word                    [Jn 6: 44-5; 8: 32]
       B.  Believing in God and His Word.             [Jn 8: 24, Acts 16: 31]
       C.  Repenting for past sins.                          [Ac 17: 30]
       D.  Confessing 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 unto death                        [Re 2: 10]


I.   The theme & author   [1: 1]

II.   The majesty of God   [1: 2-14]
       A.   The attributes of God   [1: 2-8]
       B.   The anger of God   [1: 9-14]

III.   The Judgement of God   [1: 15-3: 19]
       A.   Judgement proclaimed.   [1: 15]
       B.   Judgement predicted   [2: 1-2]
       C.   Judgement described   [2: 3-10]
       D.   Judgement vindicated   [2: 11-3: 7]
       E.   Judgement forewarned   [3: 8-10]
       F.   Judgement inevitable   [3: 11-9]

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