34 Nahum

Objective 

To compare God’s protection with God’s judgement

Ice Breaker

Have a line of dominoes that will fall when you push the first one.

When God acts in judgement, the walls fall down,

Bible Card

  • Author: Nahum
  • Written: 612 BC
  • Type: Minor Prophet
  • No. Chapters: 3
  • O.T. Book No.: 34

Study

Read Nahum 1v1,2

Nahum is writing a prophesy to the city of Ninevah that God will punish the city, because of their wickedness and endless cruelty.  (Nahum 3v19).

Nahum came from Elkosh, a town in Northern Israel and was aware of the great power of Assyria of which Ninevah was its capital.

In Jonah, 2 books back, written 150 years earlier, God was going to punish them then, but at the preaching of Jonah, they repented.  Read Jonah 3v5.

But they did evil once more.  100 years earlier, in 709 BC under the leadership of the evil Sennacherib, the Assyrians first attached Samaria and captured the people.  Then they attacked Hezekiah in Jerusalem, and Hezekiah prayed to God.  In 2 Kings 19:35,36 we read how God protected the people and destroyed the Assyrian host. That is because Hezekiah trusted God and God protected him.

They continued to practice evil, and finally Nahum prophesied against them and then they were destroyed by the Babylonians.  We did not hear of them repenting this time.

God will punish wicked people and protect those who trust Him.

Read Nahum 1v7.

God knows those who trust in Him and does provide protection.

It wasn’t until evil kings ruled in Judah that Jerusalem was destroyed.

Craft

In the RSV version of the bible, Nahum 1v7 says:

The Lord is good,
    a stronghold in the day of trouble;
    he knows those who take refuge in him.

Make a stronghold out of a cardboard box.

Turn the flaps and bend them in (I stapled them as well) so that ‘people’ can stand on the battlements.  You might want to use fluffy toys as people.  I cut out pictures of soldiers, attached them to lollypop sticks and pushed them into the box   Cut out ‘Cranels’ (gaps in the battlements) and draw on a portcullis and windows.  Draw on stones and decorate.

Then write on the castle this verse.

Remind the children to look to God for protection.