Verse of the Day:V1 “The word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.”
1. The Word (V1-2)
V1 “The word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.”
Zephaniah was not only God’s prophet but he was also from the royal line of the kings of Judah. The Word of the Lord came to Zephaniah to warn the people of Judah to repent of their sins but the people refused to obey God’s Word and continued in their sins.
V2 “I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD.”
2. The Wicked (V3-13)
V3 “I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD.”
Zephaniah warned the wicked unless they repent of their worship of Baal or the sin of gross immorality and greed, and obey God’s Word, the Almighty God shall totally consume and destroyed them together with the beasts, the fowls and the fishes. It was a day of wrath that God would destroy every living creature because of the sins of mankind.
V4 “I will also stretch our mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests;”
3. The Wrath (V14-18)
V15 “That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness.”
Zephaniah warned the people that there shall come a day of trouble where no one, not even the richest or the most powerful, shall escape God’s wrath and jealousy. Only those who repent their sins and obey God’s Word shall escape God’s wrath and punishment.
V18 “Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’s wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to repent of my sins and obey Your Word.