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The “Jesus Focus” in the Book of Nahum

03 Mar

Reading The Bible Through The Jesus Lens in Nahum

From Biblical Book to Biblical Hook

Charts adapted from Dr. Michael Williams Book

Title for Nahum

Nahum: Theme

Nahum 1:7-8

“Judge of All”

The Lord is sovereign over all and will judge Ninevah.

“The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. But with an overflowing flood he will make a complete end of the adversaries, and will pursue his enemies into darkness.”

Christ-Focus in Nahum

Implications from Nahum

Hooks from Nahum

God has raised up Jesus to be the righteous Judge of the living and the dead.

 And we are witnesses of all that he did both in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem, They put him to death by hanging him on a tree, but God raised him on the third day and made him to appear, not to all the people but to us who had been chosen by God as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”

 – Acts 10:39-43

 

 

The righteous Judge bore our judgment himself, so that we are free to serve him without fear.

 “For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.”

 – 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10

Why should God not judge is for our offenses against him?

 Has God dismissed our sins through faith in Christ, or has he judged our sins through our faith in Christ?

 How are Nineveh’s sins like ours before we are Christians?

 What are the opposites of Nineveh’s sins that we can see in the life of our Lord and, hopefully, increasingly in our own lives?

 Who ultimately calls the shots in our lives?

 Is our professed submission to God observable in our treatment of others?

 Do we rely on God’s strength or our own?

 How might the way we are living as Christians indicate how we regard the return of the one who will judge the living and the dead?

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