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Each of the three chapters in Nahum is a complete unit in itself. Chapter 2 describes the siege and subsequent sack of Nineveh.
1. “Big cats” are a fascination at many zoos. Why do they interest you?
2. When was the last time you went to a history museum to see the chariots of old and knights in shining armor? Why might they interest you?
3. In what does Nineveh put her confidence? Why does the Lord encourage her to prepare for battle?
4. How do Nineveh’s elite forces perform in the end? What comfort is this to Israel, a frequent victim of Assyria’s cruelty (verse 2; see also chapter 1:12, 13)?
5. Of Nahum’s highly pictorial language, what images seem literal to you? Which seem figurative?
6. What is meant by the imagery of the pool (verse 8)? Of plundered wealth (verse 9)? How is Nineveh’s humiliation and shame pictured?
7. The lion was Assyria’s symbol. In what ways has Nineveh lived up to the symbol in the past? How is it used to taunt her defeat (verses 11 – 13)? What irony do you see here?
8. Lest Nineveh gets the idea her downfall will be caused by merely natural disaster or superior fire power, what bottom line underscores that this is an act of God?
9. What specifically is the Lord dead set “against”?
10. Israel experienced God’s restoring strength and power in the face of the enemy’s attack. How have you seen God work this way in your own life?
11. God dealt convincingly with Nineveh’s pride, as He always does (see James 4:6; Proverbs 3:34). What lessons do you learn about God from this story? How do you go about humbling yourself?
12. The Lord Almighty declares to Nineveh, “I am against you.” TO what extent is your nation guilty of the sins of Nineveh, such as cruelty and warmongering? What can be done to bring repentance?
13. How would you judge yourself based on God’s standard regarding pride, cruelty or selfishness? Would your friends and others agree? Would you want to be held accountable for this?