God's Judgment: WHY and HOW, Part 2

Review / Introduction:

Judgment is a Response to Man's Pride. (Nahum 1:8-15)

If God was using Nineveh, why is He now punishing Nineveh?

Isaiah 10:5-7, 12, 15 - 5 Woe to Assyria, the rod of my anger; the staff in their hands is my fury!
6 Against a godless nation I send him, and against the people of my wrath I command him,to take spoil and seize plunder, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

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7 But he does not so intend,and his heart does not so think; but it is in his heart to destroy, and to cut off nations not a few
12 When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, he will punish the speech of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes.
15 Shall the axe boast over him who hews with it, or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it? As if a rod should wield him who lifts it, or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!

Parable: Isaac and Nick

2 Samuel 22:26, Psalm 18:27, Proverbs 3:34, James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5

God Opposes the proud but gives Grace to the humble.

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Small Group Questions (Whole Group):
Read Nahum 1:7-15

  1. If God was USING Nineveh (Assyrians) to punish Israel, why would God punish Nineveh? See Isaiah 10:5-15

  2. What is pride? In what ways are YOU tempted to be prideful?

  3. Why is God so opposed to pride?

Breakout Questions:

Pray for one another- specifically to be able to identify your own areas of pride!