"The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him," 1:7
WRITTEN TO: PEOPLE OF NINEVEH
CENTURY WRITTEN: 663-612 B.C.E
KEY BIBLE VERSE: NAHUM 1:7AHM
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CHAPTER 1: GOD'S JUDGMENT OF NINEVEH
CHAPTERS 2-3: MESSAGE ABOUT THE EVENTUAL DOWNFALL OF ASSYRIA
POETUC, APOCALYPTIC & NARRATIVE
The book of Nahum was written to the people of Nineveh, the capital of Assyria and also to Judah (The southern kingdom). Nahum pronounces God's judgement on Assyria and comforts God’s people with His truth. Assyria was the most powerful nation on earth. Proud in their self-sufficiency and military might and evil in their ways. Assyria moved into Israel by destroying the northern Kingdom and their tribes. Israel (God’s people) and its neighbours are awaiting the downfall of Assyria which takes place in 612bc when the Babylonians rise up and bring down the Assyrian empire. Previously the prophet Jonah had preached to Nineveh, and they had turned from their evil but generations on evil was again reigning. Nahum predicts that in 50 years the powerful nation would be destroyed. In this book Judah is comforted that God is in control, He is sovereign over those who seem invincible. In this book we are reminded that throughout suffering God is a refuge and a comforter.
1. Sometimes life will feel unfair.
2. God promises to comfort us and never leave us.
KEY TEACHING POINTS
1. Suffering will always be with us, and life in a broken world is often unfair.
2. God promises to comfort those hurting and help the suffering.
1. Suffering will always be with us until Jesus returns.
2. God promises to comfort us when we are hurting & ultimately will make all things well.
AGE APPROPRIATE ADAPTATIONS
This story will need to be adapted for Mini Church. Explain that the Assyrian empire was ‘unkind’ rather than detailing the evil things they had done. Some of the passages will not be appropriate to read so would need to be summarised.
The story will need to be slightly adapted for Kid's Church. Where possible phrase the teaching in a way that explains the evil Assyrian empire without detailing the evil things that they had done. Some of the passage will not be appropriate to read so would need to be summarised.