Here is the transcript of Zac Poonen’s teaching on Nahum and Habakkuk which is part of the popular series called Through The Bible.
Listen to the audio version here:
Zac Poonen – Bible Teacher
We’re going to turn today to the book of Nahum in the Old Testament. I think it’s true that lots of Christians never read some of these what are called Minor Prophets because they find it heavy to read. And yet we believe that all Scripture is inspired by God. I’m not saying that every part of Scripture is of equal value. Certainly the New Testament is far more important for us than the Old Testament.
But if we believe that all Scripture is inspired by God, there must be something even in these Old Testament books that we need to hear. One of the things that we can be tired of is repetition. But the messages of a lot of these prophets repeat something for emphasis. And until we hear something frequently, it doesn’t sink in.
And the second thing we learn from repetition and emphasis is the importance that God gives to one particular subject or theme compared to other subjects. God may speak about ten different subjects and He may speak two or three of those again and again and again and again. Now that’s not man’s way.
Man usually speaks on different subjects and then he wants to go on to other subjects to get a reputation for not being monotonous and for variety. But the prophets in the Old Testament and even the prophets today are not bothered by all that. They say what God wants people to say and God knows exactly what people need to hear. And if they need to hear it a twentieth time, the prophet will say it a twentieth time.
So we see that emphasis repeated, certain things repeated again and again in the prophets and sometimes the same prophet repeats the same thing again.