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Nahum 3: The Aftermath of Judgment

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Nahum.

After tragedy strikes, shock sets in. The victims become disoriented as they attempt to cope. Everyone else has an angle and an explanation for the tragedy. The question is pondered: could this have been avoided? Nahum closes with a woeful survey of the "city of blood" (3:1). We catch a glimpse of the sad aftermath of God's judgment.

Warming Up to God

Recall the greatest crisis in your life over the last few years. How did you feel the day after it? How was your faith affected?

Read Nahum 3

Discovering the Word

  • How would you characterize the tone of this chapter?
  • What sins of Nineveh are recounted in this chapter?
  • Nineveh was famous for temple prostitution. How does Nahum appropriately use this reputation as a metaphor in verses 4-7?
  • What is the sin of the merchants (v. 16)?
  • Nahum often uses a mocking tone. How does verse 19 help explain this?

Applying the Word

  • What current areas of national or international life show the devastation of Nineveh?
  • How can you personally make God's sovereignty better known in your surroundings?

Responding in Prayer

Nahum celebrates "the feet of one who brings good news, who proclaims peace!" (1:15). Thank God that in the midst of the most terrible events, God is fulfilling his own purposes. Ask him to empower you to bring good news and proclaim peace today.