Nahum portrays the downfall of Nineveh and Assyria as an image of how God will bring down all violent human empires.
The book of Nahum is a collection of poems announcing the downfall of Assyria, one of Israel's worst oppressors. Referencing Daniel, Exodus, and Isaiah, Nahum shows us that the destruction of Nineveh and Assyria are examples of how God works in history in every age.
God is just
Nahum's message is that God is committed to justice and will not allow any arrogant, violent, or evil nation to endure forever. But while God defeats evil, he is also good and cares for the innocent. He will provide a refuge on the day of distress for anyone who humbles himself before God, believes in God's justice, and trusts that God will bring down oppressors in every time and place.
The book of Nahum opens with God's words from Exodus 34. God is slow to anger and great in power, but he will punish evil.
People of Sin vs. Faith
Referencing Isaiah, Nahum reminds the people that when God brings down the arrogant empires, he will also provide refuge for those who humble themselves before him.
The Fall of Nineveh
Babylonian soldiers and chariots attack Nineveh. Chaos reigns as the soldiers breach the city walls, slaughter the people, and plunder and destroy the city.
Nineveh's downfall causes the Assyrian empire to fall. While injustice built the system that made Assyria successful, its violence will also bring about its destruction.
Assyrian King Taunted
Stricken with a fatal wound, the perpetually cruel king of Assyria is taunted, and his death is celebrated by the people he once oppressed.
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