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“Wishing you a God filled day. May you and I always remember only God can save us.” <>< Dona (12/25/20)

Please read Zephaniah 1 through 3.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Theme Zephaniah 1

Warning to Judah through Zephaniah (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You warned Judah (v. 2-3).

Something to think about

God was angry because Judah was worshipping Baal and other gods (v. 4-5). They turned away from worshipping the one true God (v. 6). The day of the Lord was at hand (v. 7).  Leaders were adopting foreign practices (v. 8-9). God said He would search out and punish those who believed God would do nothing (v. 12).  Whether we think so or not, God will have a final worldwide judgment (v. 14-17).

Something to experience

Just because we aren’t interested in God, doesn’t mean He’s not interested in us.  We cannot save ourselves, only God can save us (v. 18).   

Scripture to hide in your heart

Zephaniah 1:1 The Lord’s word which came to Zephaniah, the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah, the son of Amon, king of Judah. 

Zephaniah 1:2-3 2 “I will utterly sweep away everything from the surface of the earth,” says the Lord. 3 “I will sweep away man and animal. I will sweep away the birds of the sky, the fish of the sea, and the heaps of rubble with the wicked. I will cut off man from the surface of the earth,” says the Lord. 

Zephaniah 1:4-5 4 “I will stretch out My hand against Judah, and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place: the name of the idolatrous and pagan priests, those who worship the army of the sky on the housetops, those who worship and swear by the Lord and also swear by Malcam.” 

Zephaniah 1:6 “Those who have turned back from following the Lord, and those who haven’t sought the Lord nor inquired after Him.” 

Zephaniah 1:7 “Be silent at the presence of the Sovereign Lord, for the day of the Lord is at hand. For the Lord has prepared a sacrifice. He has consecrated His guests.”

Zephaniah 1:8-9 8 “It will happen in the day of the Lord’s sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, the king’s sons, and all those who are clothed with foreign clothing. In that day, I will punish all those who leap over the threshold, who fill their master’s house with violence and deceit.”

 Zephaniah 1:12 “It will happen at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are settled on their dregs, who say in their heart, ‘The Lord will not do good, neither will he do evil.’”

Zephaniah 1:14-17 14 The great day of the Lord is near. It is near, and hurries greatly, the voice of the day of the Lord. The mighty man cries there bitterly. 15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness, 16 a day of the trumpet and alarm, against the fortified cities, and against the high battlements. 17 I will bring distress on men, that they will walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord, and their blood will be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung. 

Zephaniah 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath, but the whole land will be devoured by the fire of His jealousy; for He will make an end, yes, a terrible end, of all those who dwell in the land.

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Theme Zephaniah 2

The Lord’s anger (v. 1-2).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, all the people had to do was turn from sin, repent and obey You (v. 3).  

Something to think about

God heard the insults and reproaches of those who were against His people and their land (v. 8).  Israel would end up with their land (v. 9). 

Something to experience

God loves all His children but some don’t love Him or His other children. When we are insulted or taunted we need to remember God hears and answers. In God’s timing justice will prevail.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Zephaniah 2:1-2 1 Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together, you nation that has no shame, before the appointed time when the day passes as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord comes on you, before the day of the Lord’s anger comes on you. 

Zephaniah 2:3 Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who have kept His ordinances. Seek righteousness. Seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger. 

Zephaniah 2:8 I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the insults of the children of Ammon, with which they have reproached My people, and magnified themselves against their border. 

Zephaniah 2:9 Therefore as I live, says the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, surely Moab will be as Sodom, and the children of Ammon as Gomorrah, a possession of nettles, and salt pits, and a perpetual desolation. The remnant of My people will plunder them, and the survivors of My nation will inherit them. 

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Theme Zephaniah 3

Jerusalem’s future.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the city of Jerusalem and her people had become defiled (v. 1).

Something to think about

After the predictions of destruction of the surrounding nations Zephaniah returned to Jerusalem (v. 2-4).  Though Jerusalem had turned from God, He (God) had not left her (v. 5).  The people of Jerusalem were still corrupted in all their doings (v. 7).  One day God will judge all people according to what they have done (v. 8).  God will purify the lips of the nations (v. 9).   He will remove the proud and will leave the meek and humble who trust in the Lord (v. 11-12).  God will bring His people home (v. 20).

Something to experience

Don’t try to make things right without God.  Because you can’t.  God is the judge who will make all things right (v. 8).  He is mighty to save.  He will rejoice over us with singing (v. 17).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Zephaniah 3:1 Woe to her who is rebellious and polluted, the oppressing city! 

Zephaniah 3:2-4 She didn’t obey the voice. She didn’t receive correction. She didn’t trust in the Lord. She didn’t draw near to her God. Her princes within her are roaring lions. Her judges are evening wolves. They leave nothing until the next day. Her prophets are arrogant and treacherous people. Her priests have profaned the sanctuary. They have done violence to the law. 

Zephaniah 3:5 The Lord, within her, is righteous. He will do no wrong. Every morning He brings His justice to light. He doesn’t fail, but the unjust know no shame. 

Zephaniah 3:7 “I said, ‘Just fear Me. Receive correction, so that her dwelling won’t be cut off, according to all that I have appointed concerning her.’ But they rose early and corrupted all their doings.” 

Zephaniah 3:8 “Therefore wait for me”, says the Lord, “until the day that I rise up to the prey, for My determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour on them My indignation, even all My fierce anger, for all the earth will be devoured with the fire of My jealousy.” 

Zephaniah 3:9 “For then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that they may all call on the Lord’s name, to serve Him shoulder to shoulder.” 

Zephaniah 3:11-12 11 “In that day you will not be disappointed for all your doings, in which you have transgressed against Me; for then I will take away out from among you your proudly exulting ones, and you will no more be arrogant in My holy mountain. 12 But I will leave among you an afflicted and poor people, and they will take refuge in the Lord’s name.” 

Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord, your God, is among you, a mighty one who will save. He will rejoice over you with joy. He will calm you in His love. He will rejoice over you with singing.” 

Zephaniah 3:20 “At that time I will bring you in, and at that time I will gather you; for I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I restore your fortunes before your eyes, says the Lord.”

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Prayer

Lord, thank You for saving us (Zephaniah 1:18). Lord, thank You for loving us, Your children (Zephaniah 2). Lord, thank You for making things right when we come to You (Zephaniah 3:8). Lord, thank You for rejoicing over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I show gratitude to our Lord and Savior for all He has done, is doing and will do for us.” <>< Dona