He smashed the Asherah poles, idols and images, crushed them up and sprinkled the dust over the tombs of those who had sacrificed to them. When Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, He did not die for His sins, for He was the sinless Lamb of God. It is also, speaking of that day when the Babylonians destroy Jerusalem and Judah. At the age of 26, Josiah set out on yet another noble mission. Characteristics of the transformed people that God creates after the judgment will include seeking refuge in the Lord and calling on the name of the Lord. This will be said, not by the enemies themselves, who will confess they have no power to stand before the mighty God, as Aben Ezra; but either by the prophets of the Lord, or by the people themselves.
Zephaniah's main theme is the coming of the day of the Lord see notes on ; ; ; ; , when God will severely punish the nations, including apostate Judah. Shout in triumph, O Israel! As is foretold they should Psalm 22:12. I am convinced that this copy of the Law at least included the Book of Deuteronomy. When had God confused the language? No one can compare to me! Zephaniah does not tell us, but then he does not need to do so. Verses 6-7: The desolations brought by the Lord on surrounding nations were to serve as warnings to Judah, meant to turn His people back to Him.
Were either of these prophets involved with Josiah in his early, formative years? This brief summary of Zephaniah is also very useful for Sunday School lessons and Bible Study at home. They took much pains to make clean the outside of the cup, but within were full of impurity Matthew 23:25. The people had forsaken the Lord under the evil reign of King Manasseh, and they were still worshiping Baal Zephaniah 1:4. Verses 4-9: The Lord narrowed His words of judgment to specifically focus on Judah, specifying the causes of judgment as apostasy and idolatry verses 4-6 , as always coupled with moral and ethical corruption verses 7-9. As Hailey pointed out: Note the use of the personal pronouns: I will gather.
The nations here are probably, speaking of the nations around them, but it is true of Israel, as well. They will be brought to a sense of sin, and an acknowledgment of it; their iniquities will be pardoned; and, the cause being removed, the effects will cease. He pictured the coming judgment on the nation of Judah and the Gentiles. The Lord has prepared a sacrificial meal; he has ritually purified his guests Zephaniah 1:7. The power to live the Christian life lies in the ability to trust in the name of Jesus. What happened to the man who did not have on a wedding garment? Unless it might be so called from such persons dwelling in it that used mortars for spice, and other things.
This means that the remnant is god-like in their treatment of others. God will fulfill his end of the Mosaic covenant laid out in Deut 28:38-40 and curse them because they have forsaken Him 1:13. This is a literary or poetic way of saying that judgment is coming on all the Philistines. Yet they had refused to draw near to Him in proper worship. What Zephaniah does do is show us that the Lord makes a distinction between those who are his people and those who are not, as He did when the Angel of Death moved through Egypt. They will be delivered from or through divine judgment 2:1-3. In his person for acceptance with God; in his righteousness for justification; in his blood for pardon and cleansing.
Whose purposes, promises, and prophecies, never fail of their accomplishment. Who are the remnant of Israel? Zephaniah, son of Cushi, wastes no time getting down to business. Before the temple completed , and then wrote chapters 9-14 approximately 480 B. Many scientists believe Zephaniah to have prophesied even before king Josiah's reformation. These seem to design the lawyers spoken of in the New Testament, whose business it was to interpret the law to the people. And this is drawn forth into act and exercise by the same grace, and is continued in them, and shall never fail, through the powerful intercession of Christ for them. Their sins were with full knowledge.
God will now, return them all to the same language so they might understand each other. The church of Christ in Gospel times, which has great reason to sing and rejoice, because of the coming of Christ. The earth will be destroyed by God's fire, and a new heaven and a new earth will come forth from God. There has never really been a time in past history, when all of mankind was caught up in battle like this. The first Christians, both among Jews and Gentiles, justly bore this character, especially with respect to the last article. Zephaniah 3 : Jerusalem's Actual Sin and Future Blessing. Which ought to be depended upon amidst the greatest affluence.
Also humility is foundational to the next two traits: They are fully committed to Yahweh. Though there was nothing in his life, nor in his ministry, that could be justly blamed, yet they blushed not at their sin and wickedness. Specifically, he mentions the worship of foreign gods and the observance of ceremonies customary in connection with their worship. This is to be understood of the eastern antichrist, the Turk, now in possession of the land of Israel; but shall be obliged to depart from it, when this prophecy shall take place, for a reason following. Or rather in their purses, who are loaded with this thick clay, abound with it. And in connection with the following clause, to show when it will be.