God wanted to instruct them in His ways, but they were not interested in doing what He wanted. Her princes in the midst of her are roaring lions; her judges are evening wolves; they leave nothing till the morrow. However, we believe that something far more than that is intended here. Zephaniah also foretold of the destruction of Jerusalem, and also her glorious restoration. This day of the Lord is very near; it is a day of God's wrath, wrath to the utmost. And fear to offend me, lest the same calamities should come upon them. Fire is a way of purging.
Reckoned themselves secure, because of that. Rehoboam and Jeroboam were the first kings of the divided kingdom. Woe to you inhabitants of the seacoast, you nation of the Cherethites! Trusting him with all they have, and for all they want in time and eternity. But, on the contrary, pluck up a good heart, be of good courage, fear not the enemy, be vigorous, active, and diligent, in the performance of the service of the Lord. For now the children of Israel and of Judah shall be together, and seek the Lord their God, and the true Messiah, and find him.
They have hidden in every conceivable place to keep from being found of those who will destroy. This will be the day that commences the times of blessing. It can also, be the time when God brings judgment upon any people. The purpose of this book is that Zechariah wrote to encourage the remnant, who had recently returned from exile. Josiah marched out to oppose him.
Summary The book opens with the announcement of the Day of the Lord, which is characterized as a day of massive, even total, destruction. Which ought to be depended upon amidst the greatest affluence. Being Israelites indeed, in whom there is no guile, and true followers of Jesus, in whom nothing of this kind could be found. Verses 2-6: Six groups are singled out for judgment: 1. This sin of Solomon was the cause of the division of the united kingdom see 1 Kings 11:9-13.
And by their menaces endeavored to frighten and deter them from preaching in his name, and from a profession of him see 1 Cor. Those who are a part of the righteous remnant are righteous in their actions toward others: 13 The Israelites who remain will not act deceitfully. Your hands must not be paralyzed from panic! Even the priests were involved in this. It is a post-exilic book, meaning it was written after post the return from captivity exile in Babylon. At least when the Evangelist Matthew went there, and preached the Gospel, and very likely the Apostle Paul. Most importantly he declared the first coming of the Messiah who would be mounted on a donkey 9:9 , His betrayal 11:12 , and His crucifixion 12:10.
Against the Nations Zephaniah 2:4-15 The nations that belittle the destruction that occurs on the Day of the Lord, taunt the judged Judeans, and boast of their own strength will also face the judgment of God. At the tower of Babel, God punished the sinful people by changing their language, so they could not understand each other. Who has never heard of heaven and hell? And these are the sons and daughters of the Almighty, who are scattered abroad in the several parts of the world, and among the rest here. You no longer need to fear disaster. He left the temple in Jerusalem, before the destruction by Babylon. The things he promoted in Judah resulted in the nation declining past the point of no return and God pronouncing certain judgment. Notice that this is the reversal of creation.
Definition of a summary: A summary, synopsis or recap is a shortened version of the original. No wonder Josiah tore his clothes! Anything else, is eternal death. The wolf, after killing the prey, will retain enough of it for him to gnaw on the remains during the next day until nightfall, the time for another kill. Lest by their sins they should provoke the Lord to destroy their nation, city, and temple. How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! I guess they thought it was too far to walk to the real temple even though that is what God commanded. I have always thought of them as opposites that have no relationship. One cannot be certain of this, but my study of Zephaniah has led me to draw this conclusion.
By the time Josiah would have been old enough to drive a chariot? Men of no gravity in their countenance, speech, and conversation. Judgement on the nations East and West Zeph 2:4-7 Philistia. Ethiopians will be slain by the sword, and the Assyrians will be destroyed because of their great wickedness and pride. So perhaps Egypt is to be included. Not in their own hearts, or in their own righteousness but in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Although Manasseh repented at the end of his life, his son, Amon, continued the idolatry and decline. Stop opposing God, who is with me, or else he will destroy you. The judgement is against Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. . Be happy and boast with all your heart, daughter Jerusalem! During the gap between Assyrian and Babylonian dominance in Judah, Josiah engaged in a major reform and in territorial expansion. And likewise such persons they may be the instruments of the conversion of, called the offering of the Gentiles Rom.
And indeed, the houses being demolished, the streets were no more in form. Azariah thinks Jerusalem is so called because in its works it was like Babylon. This book is filled with prophecies of Judgment. He was a godly king, who was instrumental in bringing about a revival in Judah: 3 He did what the Lord approved, just as his ancestor David had done. God sent His judgments to cause them to repent, and turn back to God. This day will start with the Messiah's appearing to judge the nations and will include the following time of the millennial reign of peace.