Zephaniah 1

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Zephaniah 1

Overview

Beginning with superscription, “The word of the Lord,” prophet Zephaniah reveals his ancestry, royal descent.

The date of his writing would be before King Josiah’s reforms of 621BC, for his prophecy is allusive of the imminent threat from the north. The threat of this universal destruction was caused by Judah’s religious syncretism with idolatry. He condemned the adulteration of the pure worship of the Lord with elements of Canaanite god, Baal, Ammonite god milcom, and Assyrian religions.

“The Day of the Lord,” is the motif of his prophecy. It is the way of judgement. Court officials and royal family will be punished. Merchants and traders will be cut off and religiously indifferent will be desolate on that day. The day of the Lord is at hand, the day of wrath and ruin, of distress and devastation, the day with darkness. It is the universal day of judgement upon Israel as well as the Gentiles.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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