We began a short sermon series on the prophecy of Nahum this week. Nahum’s vision is a short and uncomfortable vision of the coming destruction of God’s enemies, specifically the Assyrians centred in their capital city of Nineveh.
The aspect of Nahum’s prophecy that is perhaps most difficult for us today to grasp is that the detailed and shocking visions of coming destruction are offered not as a warning, but as a comfort to the people of Judah. “Here,” says Nahum, “is consolation for you, the people of God. God is slow to anger, but he does not leave the sins of the guilty unpunished.”
Again, many of our homegroups will be reflecting more on this passage as they meet this week. It serves as an opportunity to remind ourselves again that our God is a mighty and a holy God.
“The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.” (Ex 34v6,7)
The PowerPoint slides from Sunday’s sermon are below: