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Zephaniah

A KING’S PROPHET

Zephaniah was a relative of King Hezekiah and most likely King Josiah. Prophesying to his relatives, he calls them to a place of repentance for the corruption in the nation. One of the few books that focuses primarily on the Day of the Lord, this strong book will show you the heart of God towards sin, justice and righteousness. God is faithful to His promises, and this book shows that God is coming in the fullness of justice, mercy, hope and blessing all at once.

 

PART ONE | PART TWO

 
 

 

Part One

THE LORD YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU, THE MIGHTY WARRIOR WHO SAVES.

Z 3:17


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IMAGINE CHRISTMAS LUNCH AFTER THIS!

Have you ever had something that you felt God wanted you to tell someone and you really didn’t want to do it? Maybe it was too awkward, maybe you were scared it was wrong or maybe you were close to the person you needed to prophesy over, and you really didn’t want to say it and then have to hang out with them afterwards. It’s one thing to prophesy over a complete stranger but another to prophesy over family. And in the first verse of Zephaniah, we find out that is what he is about to do.

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JEHOVAH - JUDGE AND RESTORER | NATHAN ROSS

The Book of Zephaniah is a very small yet powerful book situated in the Old Testament. The first verse acts as an introduction for the person of Zephaniah and the time these words were spoken. That is, during the reign of Josiah, King of Judah, setting the book around 640-630 BC. Apart from this first verse, all the other verses are the words of the Lord, Jehovah. Or, more technically, they are the words of Zephaniah acting as a prophet, a spokesperson for God on Earth. The words of God make up the majority of the book, actually taking up over 98% of the verses, so one of the greatest things we can learn from this book today is the character and plans of our God. These words were directed to Judah and Jerusalem and the people of that day and age but they still hold value for us today. Our God is still the same; our God still has the same plan.

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Part Two

THE REMNANT OF ISRAEL WILL TRUST IN THE NAME OF THE LORD.

Z 3:12


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CULTURALLY DISTANT IS NOT AN ISSUE

Sometimes when you are reading the prophetic books, like all the books in the Bible, you can feel culturally distanced from the text and therefore a little frustrated that you can’t understand the culture, nuances and language that it is written in. 

But don’t fear, there are ways of getting around this, and it’s not to invent a time machine, however cool that would be. That is why we have commentaries and history books to help us. So, let me show you some great cultural insights from the Book of Zephaniah that really make the book come alive.

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