Franklin Gothic Medium – Zephaniah – “Hidden”
Zephaniah understood this judgment was inevitable and pointed to the coming day of the Lord. He pictured the coming judgment on the nation of Judah and the Gentiles. But he then indicates that the Day of the Lord would also bring deliverance for Israel and the Gentiles.
Judah was guilty of: Idolatry (vs 4-6) – God was going to rid them of Baal worship. This was accomplished in Babylon. Since then, idolatry has not been a problem in Israel.
Alliances with foreign powers (vs 8) – they did not trust in God for safety.
Violence and injustice (vs 9) – they were quick (“leap over thresholds”) to go into others houses to deceive and plunder others to enrich their masters.
Deism – they thought God was not involved in human affairs (vs 12).
Some of the things they place their faith in are: Powerful warriors (1:14), Fortified cities (1:16), Silver and Gold (1:18)
The Day of the Lord: involves God’s Intervention. is a day of Judgment. is also a time of Salvation.
As a result, the people will be humble, fully comitted to God, and are righteous and ethical in their treatment of others.
(1) God is full of grace, gladness and tenderness, but also justice.
Judgment 1:8-9, Wrath 1:15, 18, Terror
Grace 3:9-20, Gladness 3:17, Tenderness 2:7, 3:17
(2) God deals in grace. In the midst of the troubles that are coming God will
REMOVE Idolatry 1:4-6, Pride 3:11-12, Deceit 3:13, Fear 3:13, 15-16, Enemies 3:15, 19, Reproach 3:18-19, Shame 3:11
RESTORE Safety 2:3, 3:13, Prosperity 2:7, 3:20, Purity 3:9, Worship 3:9-10, Trust 3:12, Joy 3:14, Remnant 3:10, 18-20, His presence 3:15, 17
Therefore I should trust God to work out his plan. What do I need to do?
I need to wait on God (3:8). He will right the wrongs and restore the righteous. I just want to be sure I’m counted among the righteous. Therefore….
I need to “Seek the Lord” (2:3) This means that my number one goal in life is to know God – to have an intimate relationship with him.
I need to be humble (2:3b). This involves self denial. Vertical and horizontal – which leads to the next requirement.
I need to obey God’s ordinances (2:3) = love my neighbor.