The people of Judah would return to wickedness and rebellion against God. Zephaniah 3:3 begins the detail of wickedness on the part of the princes, judges, prophets, and priests who led the city in its corruption. God saves these types because they are typically humble. In the physical, this speaks of all the true Jews from all over the world coming home to Israel. I take this as a call to repentance for those who do not know God, as well as for those who do know Him.
Or otherwise the Lord has various ways by which he can soon strip men of all their enjoyments, and dispose of them to others. Chapter 2: Seek Righteousness The Lord calls for the people to gather themselves, seek righteousness and humility while there is still time. The judgment of the wicked is the means to our blessing. In terms of simple chronology, the Book of Habakkuk is the last Minor Prophet before Judah goes into exile, at the hands of the Babylonians. The view is broad, but the first concern is with the covenant people. For those seeking an introductory level commentary on Zephaniah, the best one available is the volume in the Tyndale series by David W.
Redemption by him, and all other benefits and blessings of grace. And yet they pretended to great purity of life and manners. God's standards of righteousness are as constant and visible as the natural law that ushers in the dawn every morning. I guess they thought it was too far to walk to the real temple even though that is what God commanded. 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. That judgment was borne by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Vertical and horizontal - which leads to the next requirement. Zephaniah was probably familiar with the writings of such prominent eighth-century prophets as Isaiah and Amos, whose utterances he reflects, and he may also have been aware of the ministry of the young Jeremiah. What the royal sons did, the nation would do as well. The enemy having entered it, and were slaying the students, or seizing them in order to carry them captive. Rehoboam and Jeroboam were the first kings of the divided kingdom. But hardness of heart, blindness of mind, impenitence and unbelief, to which the Jews are now given up, in a judicial way.
Imagine what it must have been like for Josiah to suddenly be swept into his duties as king of Judah by the untimely death of his father. The first paragraph details the reason for the judgment of Jerusalem Zephaniah 3:1-7 , with Zephaniah 3:8 forming a bridge between two sections and relating both to the eternal judgment at the last day, the judgment of Jerusalem being a token of it, and the Messianic Age Zephaniah 3:9-20 being climaxed by it. He wanted to bless them. It is important to understand that these kinds of prophetic carpet-bombings are meant to move the people to action. Jerusalem is described as being rebellious and polluted. The word for merchant signifies a Canaanite. For the whole earth will be consumed by my fiery anger.
This trust signifies, according to the sense of the word, a betaking of themselves to Christ as a refuge. Definition of a summary: A summary, synopsis or recap is a shortened version of the original. In the second verse of his prophetic tract, we hear the following: I will utterly sweep away everything from the face of the land, declares Yahweh. We know that the remnant will include those of Judah: Those who are left from the kingdom of Judah will take possession of it. By contrast, the Lord never failed to manifest a faithful standard of justice and righteousness. Prophet Zephaniah Summary This is book number 8 in the summary of the 12 Minor Prophets of the Bible. The judgement is against Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
Moab is described to be like Sodom, and Ammon is described as a likeness of the people of Gomorrah. Zephaniah would thus have had access to royalty. This is the first mention of King Josiah, who will not come to the throne until almost 300 years later. Zephaniah says the remnant will do no injustice 3:13. It is a post-exilic book, meaning it was written after post the return from captivity exile in Babylon.
Superscription Zephaniah 1:1 The book begins in classic prophetic style: the word of the Lord comes to Zephaniah. The mention of man and beast, birds and fish, etc. The people's inability to keep the law was where the problem came from. Not in their own hearts, or in their own righteousness but in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Judgment will soon come upon Jerusalem and Judah 3:1-5 , but it will also come upon the nations surrounding her: the Philistines 2:4-7 , the Moabites and Ammonites 2:8-11 , the Ethiopians 2:12 , and the Assyrians 2:13-15. This is in contrast to the rest who worship Baal 1:4 , stars and Milcom 1:5. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.