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For every suffering saint, it is a comfort to know that behind, above and beyond the grief of this perplexing circumstance, there is a purpose of eternal value.

Zephaniah 1

Zephaniah means "Jehovah hath hidden" Ps. 27:5

Zeph 1:2,3 God pronounces a general judgment on all who disobeyed Him, both Jews and Gentiles.

Zeph 1:4-6 Judah's judgment is singled out, because they had been specially blessed by the Lord and now they were doing the same wicked things as the Gentile nations. They had turned "back from the Lord" (Read Heb. 10:38).

Zeph 1:7 God tells that He has prepared a sacrifice (The Lord on the cross), and is inviting guests (future glories on the earth).

Zeph 1:8 Notice "strange apparel". Today we can see the same thing in the weird clothes people are wearing. (Read Joshua 7:21 and Ezekiel 23:12), to see where the styles are coming from.

Zeph 1:12 The Lord will search out all their wickedness.

Zeph 1:14-17 This is referring to the time of the great tribulation.

Zeph 1:18 All their wealth won't buy an escape from the punishment coming for this world.


When we have been privileged to be used by God, there is a subtle temptation to forget that it was God that gave the increase, not us. May the Lord graciously remind us that "no flesh should glory in His presence".

Zephaniah 2

Zeph 2:1-3 This is a call to the unbelieving people in Israel to seek the Lord. But in v.3 (the meek of the earth) we see the first reference to the little remnant that will turn to the Lord.

Zeph 2:7 This remnant is going to be cared for by the Lord.

Zeph 2:8-15 The nations, Moab, Ethiopia, Assyria and Nineveh, are specially mentioned because they had delighted to attack God's people Israel.


Thoughts of self and self-glory will lead to unsuccessful endeavors in spiritual things; selflessness and humility are tools with which God works to His glory.

Zephaniah 3

Zeph 3:1-7 The greatest punishment is going to fall on the city of Jerusalem, because she had been God's centre on earth, privileged above all. God tells about all the sinfulness He saw. The responsible men, her princes, her judges, her prophets, her priests. The higher the privileges, the severer the punishment.

Zeph 3:5 Refers to the Millennium, every day, those who disobeyed the Lord, will die.

Zeph 3:7 As it were the Lord said, "surely after all I have done, they will pay attention to Me." But they even became more corrupt!

Zeph 3:8 He tells the remnant to hold on and wait for Him.

Zeph 3:9 In the Millennium, each Israelite will have a pure heart, no one among them, will disobey the Lord. (Heb. 8:11-13)

Zeph 3:10 This refers to the scattered 10 tribes (and they are still today). The Lord will call them to return to the land of Israel.

Zeph 3:14-end A glorious time for Israel. All the disobedient ones will be taken away.

Zeph 3:15 The Lord will be their King in those thousand years of joy and glory on this earth.

Zeph 3:17 The Lord God in their midst will joy over them with singing. In this chapter you will find (1) The just Lord in the midst, (2) The King of Israel in the midst, (3) The Lord thy God in the midst.


by Norman Berry - 1911-2001
Published by Mario Persona

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