Judgment Day is Coming!. The Book of Zephaniah. Date: 640BC Author: Zephaniah, prince of Judah Audience: The people of Judah Purpose: Zephaniah warns the people that if they refuse to change, God will be forced to punish them. The Basics. Read the Book of Zephaniah (all 3 chapters!) Then:
Author: Zephaniah, prince of Judah
Audience: The people of Judah
Purpose: Zephaniah warns the people that if they refuse to change, God will be forced to punish themThe Basics
“I will utterly sweep away everything from the face of the earth!”
People have built their entire lives around sin and selfishness
“Those who say in their hearts, ‘the Lord will not do good, nor will he do ill.’ Their goods shall be plundered and their houses laid waste.”
“Seek the Lord all you humble of the land, who do His just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the Lord.”
The good, nor will he do ill.’ Their goods shall be plundered and their houses laid waste.” Turning Point:
“…and to Him shall bow down, each in its place, all the lands of the nations.”
In other words, God is stating that no longer would people have to go to Jerusalem to worship the Lord. It will not matter where you are, it will matter where your heart is.
This is absolutely revolutionary for Jews!Chapter 2
Theme: Israel’s Restoration good, nor will he do ill.’ Their goods shall be plundered and their houses laid waste.”
God promises to restore His people – He will remove all the judgments, clear away the enemies
The people will be brought back to the land and lifted up from their brokennessChapter 3
“For… I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech that all of them may call upon the name of the Lord.”
God is saying all people will one day be brought to Him. People from all corners of the world will bring offerings to God, and the shame of their previous sins will have no hold on themChapter 3
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will exult over you with loud singing.
The Book of Zephaniah walks us through not only our sin and the path to redemption, but the fearsome degree of God’s wrath at our disobedience, as well as the boundless depths of His love and His desire to bring us back to Himself.
We may deserve punishment, but God wants nothing more than for us to come to Him…SO What?