We’ve been working through the Old Testament looking for the New Testament Jesus hundreds, even thousands, of years before He was born. They’re all great stories on their own, but they absolutely paint a picture of who Jesus will be and what he’ll do for those who believe. Jesus claimed that the entire Old Testament pointed to Him (Luke 24:27, 44; John 5:39, 46; Romans 1:1-2; 1 Peter 1:10-12). Since the Book of Nahum is a part of the OT, let’s take a look to see how it points to Jesus.
Nahum lived and the book was written 650 or so years before Jesus was born. The purpose of the book was to pronounce God’s judgement on Assyria and to confront God’s people with a truth. Typical OT prophet stuff, but it’s serious…The Assyrians would be judged for their idolatry (Nahum 1:14), pride (Nahum 2:13) murder, lies, treachery, and social injustice (Nahum 3:1-19).
The same thing will happen in our day and age. The Creator of the Universe is a God of distinctions and boundaries. All were established by Him as rules for living, but men and women regularly treat these distinctions with disrespect. We live in a time where rules, thoughts, truths, and facts are all subject to interpretation. God calls this sin. He did in Nahum’s day…He does now. A willful disobedience, rebellion against His control, or apathy; and at times, the violators seem to be succeeding.
However, justice will ultimately be served in the world. God will settle all accounts.
How Nahum points to Jesus:
1) There will come Judgement (Nahum 1:2-7)
2) There will come an end to the power of the oppressor (Nahum 1:13)
3) There will come an end to suffering (Nahum 1:12)
4) There will be some who hear, be repentant and receive grace…God will be a stronghold and refuge for some (Nahum 1:7)
5) There will be the gospel promise of peace (Nahum 1:15) through the person of Jesus
May we each be ready for His return.
Adapted from the NIV Life Application Study Bible and The Gospel in Nahum Crossway article by Michael Glodo
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