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Prophet Summary: Nahum & Habakkuk

by PastorWilliams on January 29th, 2017



Nahum prophesied against Nineveh a century after Jonah. While Nineveh had gratefully received God’s forgiveness through Jonah’s preaching, they had completely fallen away again by the time God sent Nahum. Nahum doesn’t have another sermon or message leading to repentance, but he speaks about the impending destruction of Nineveh, roughly another century later.

Nahum has the sermon that Jonah wanted. Nineveh was going to be destroyed. The Assyrian Empire would be overthrown. “No more shall your name be perpetuated” (1:14).

Nahum’s third chapter is a woe to Nineveh. Since they have wandered away from God’s Word, they would be scattered among their captors just as they scattered captured nations. The Assyrians were notorious for their barbarism. They would be treated with the same barbarism.



Habakkuk is one of the hardest prophets to date because nothing is known of him except a supposed appearance of the prophet in the apocryphal story of Bel and the Dragon. But the prophet Habakkuk in that story cannot be the prophet Habakkuk published in the Scriptures because the prophecy deals with how to respond to national calamities. The additional story to Daniel takes place in his later days, after Jerusalem had been rebuilt.

Habakkuk’s prophecy is known for two great things: complaining and Selah. Habakkuk has two complaints against the injustices that Judah has suffered because of their sin. Habakkuk wants to know why God doesn’t answer and deliver His people from those who torment them. However, he understands “the righteous shall live by faith” (2:4).

The word “Selah” appears mostly in the Psalms. Habakkuk is the only other book of the Bible where the word appears. Three times it appears in chapter 3 as Habakkuk prays a very psalm-like prayer for God to deliver His people.

Reading Schedule:

January 29 – February 5: Nahum 1-2

February 6-12: Nahum 3

February 13-19: Habakkuk 1-2

February 20-26: Habakkuk 3

Read each section at least once each week.

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