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Transcript of Zephaniah Presentation
Date Of Writing: Pre-Exilic 735-725 B.C
Type of Book: Minor Prophet
*The book explains with gory detail the events of the day of the Lord
*It preaches destruction on sinners and sinner nations.
So, why was this written?
What was going on?
It was under written under the reign of the good king
A time where a struggling king tries to undo the wrongdoings of his parents and grandparents.
TIME OF WEALTH
The book overlaps Jeremiah
God sent Zephaniah in a time of..
...to direct His people back onto the path of righteousness
And why him?
"The Lord hides/ protects"
Zephaniah 1:1 - "The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah, son of Gushi, the son of Cedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, during the reign of Josiah, son of Amon, king of Judah."
Zephaniah was royal blood in the midst of shepherds, fishermen, tax collectors, musicians...
He was teaching those harsh words, but it was still truth to his own people.
God usually chooses lowly people as prophets,but Zephaniah was an exception. He knew both sides of the story- rich and poor, and preached to both.
gODS WRATH ON jUDAH
Author and time period
Judgement on idolaters in Judah 1:2-5
Descriptions and emphasis on the Day of the Lord 1:7-17
Doom of Mankind 1:18
Call for repentance, 2:1-3
Judgement on the nations
Moab and Ammon
Gods wrath on the nations
Corruption of Jerusalem, 3:1-5
Judgement of Jerusalem, 3:6-8
Remnant restored in Jerusalem, 3:9-13
Rejoicing in the city, 3:14-17
The nation restored
Redemption of the Remnant
Symbolism and Great Themes
Zephaniah, great grandson of Hezekiah, prophesizes that judgement is promised to the sinners and idolaters.
A call for repentance and reformation is stressed, before Gods anger is released.
The Phillistines will be destroyed.
The land by the sea will be given to the Remnant or Judah.
God declares he will reduce Moab and Ammon to wastelands in return for their pride.
Cush will not escape this wrath.
Assyria will be destroyed.
The Spirit of God turns toward the remnant and exhorts them to wait upon Jehovah, since all hope was gone.
He describes a joy for the people who follow him.
He will overcome their fortunes.
Those who follow will be glorified.
a PROMISE TO THE WICKED
A promise to the remnant
"Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the lords wrath." Zephaniah 1:18
"seek the lord, all you humble of the land. Seek righteousness, seek humility, perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the lords anger." Zephaniah 2:3
"The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in His love he will no longer rebuke you, but he will rejoice over you with singing." zephaniah 3:17
How do we use this?
The Day of the Lord is close and God will punish kings and princes. Money will not save them.
A cry will be heard from the gates of Jerusalem. Darkness, clouds, and despair awaits the city. All those away from God will be destroyed.
Whats the big picture?
And like puzzle pieces they fit together....
God uses everyone to convey his word; background doesn’t matter. We are all equal.
Thanks for listening! (:
Hope you enjoyed!
"The Lord has
prepared a sacrifice
: He has consecrated those He has invited."
"The lord has
, he has turned back your enemy."
"The sorrows for the appointed feasts
I will remove
The blessings in chapter 3:14-20 are largely unfulfilled, and so are seen as a foreshadowing of the Messiah.
How wicked the people have become and their destruction
The sacrifice God promised to the Remnant to erase their misfortunes and sorrows.
God will recover their fortunes and restore the remnant to their former glory. He will shelter them and protect them.
Pride is sinful and will be severely punished. Do not let materialistic things blind you and lower your hunger for God.
Also, do not think you can get away with sins or wrongdoings- the wicked will always be punished and the faithful will always be rewarded.