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 means "Jehovah hath hidden"
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
Zeph 1:12 The Lord will search out all their
Zeph 1:14-17 This is referring to the time of the
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".
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
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.
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
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
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