God promises to destroy the cities of the Philistines and give their land as pasture for the remnant of the house of Judah. Zephaniah has told of all who will suffer under this judgment of God for their sins of idolatry. Zephaniah would thus have had access to royalty. This is speaking of a time when desolation is everywhere. Altars were often erected on housetop roofs to provide a clear view of the sky Jer. We are happy indeed that many of the present generation of scholars are flatly rejecting the radical criticisms of the first half of this century.
Were either of these prophets involved with Josiah in his early, formative years? He could only postpone it. Do not cry out to me or petition me on their behalf. At least when the Evangelist Matthew went there, and preached the Gospel, and very likely the Apostle Paul. Israel had trusted in their military strength to save them from the enemy. The godly should wait patiently for it to come. 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. The prophecy opens with a statement of the author's ancestry , which in itself is an unusual feature of the Hebrew prophetic tradition.
And so was nearer Jordan, the sea of Tiberias, and the city of Tyre, from whence fish might be brought there, and sold Nehemiah 13:16. Ethiopians will be slain by the sword, and the Assyrians will be destroyed because of their great wickedness and pride. They will actually be the ones slain. Strangely, though, his genealogy is traced back four generations: This is the prophetic message that the Lord gave to Zephaniah son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of Hezekiah. In fact, as repeatedly stated in this series, none of the prophets makes any sense at all apart from the certainty that all of them presuppose the existence of a covenant relationship between God and Israel, a relationship that had long existed, and which through centuries of neglect and abuse, Israel was in the process of rejecting. Was she instrumental in his spiritual development? Progressing further: The Day of Yahweh is near 1:7. Acceptance with God, through the merits of their fathers.
If Satan have half, he will have all; if the Lord have but half, he will have none. And this is to be understood of his incarnation and personal presence in human nature in Jerusalem, and in the temple, where he taught his doctrine, and wrought his miracles. For the whole earth will be consumed by my fiery anger. Which is like a lame and maimed sheep, of which there is danger of its being left behind and lost. Verses 2-3: The prophet began by noting the far fulfillment of the Day of the Lord, when even animal and physical creation will be affected by His judgment of the earth Gen.
Nations and people will bring these troubles on themselves! 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. The father of Josiah, the priest who dwelt in Jerusalem when Darius issued the decree that the temple should be rebuilt Zechariah 6:10. I am not attacking you today, but the kingdom with which I am at war. And is the author of righteousness to his people. Josiah, a good king, was killed in battle; his son who was the rightful heir to the throne was in captivity; and Jehoiakim, who now ruled in Jerusalem, was a corrupt and incompetent king. This remnant is not a group that has been spared from the devastation; rather, they are survivors who have gone through the judgment.
These judgments being the effects of his wrath, provoked by their iniquities; and of the wrath and cruelty of the Chaldeans, exercised in a furious manner. The remnant is given pure speech and appropriate humility. Zephaniah Zephaniah's ministry occurred during the reign of Josiah, king of Judah. Outline of Zephaniah Here is one way to outline the book of Zephaniah: The Day of the Lord chapter 1. The meek offered protection During this time of unprecedented, worldwide troubles, God has promised to protect and care for His loyal and dedicated servants. Threats against Judah are intermingled with references to a surviving remnant that is cleansed of their deceit.
Or joining in fellowship with the churches of Christ therein. Judgement of a sinful world always begins at the house of God. This word is used of partiality in judgment Lev 19:15 , dishonest trading Deu 25:16 , robbing Eze 33:15 , murder 2Sa 3:34 and oppression 2Sa 7:10. They wanted Him to return and deal with their oppressors. God had determined that the Babylonians would be His instrument to punish the nation of Judah.
Your hands must not be paralyzed from panic! Whatever is ultimately to become of the Gentile nations, Zephaniah wants us to see that the Lord is first of all faithful to His covenant people. Josiah was killed by the Babylonian army in 609 B. But I will leave in your midst a people humble and lowly. Apart from this statement, nothing more is said about his background. Josiah met his death whilst trying to hinder the Pharaoh Neco 11 from lending aid to Assyrian forces at Harran.