Zephaniah announces judgement against His people’s enemies. Yesterday he said the Lord will destroy the Philistines and their coast land will be left for the remnant of Judah that will be brought out of captivity. Today he proclaims judgment against Moab and Amnon, Lot’s descendants, who have continually attacked the Israelites. Zephaniah says the Lord will destroy them like Sodom and Gomorrah and then His people will posses their land.
Highlighting God’s sovereignty over all the nations, Zephaniah says the Lord will also cut down Ethiopia and Assyria bc of their wickedness. Then Zephaniah turns his attention to the city of Jerusalem who has not obeyed the voice of God.
The Lord will pour His anger out on the nations but, “Then I will restore to the people a pure language, that they all may call on the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord.” The Lord tells Jerusalem, once He saves and restores them, He will rejoice over them with gladness and singing.
This restoration will ultimately come through the Savior. Later in the Story an angel will explain to Mary, the mother of Jesus – “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:32-33). 🙌
We also learn today that Josiah dies in battle bc he did not heed God’s warning to not interfere with Necho of Egypt who was aligning with the Assyrians to attack the Babylonians. Jehoahaz, Josiah’s son, becomes the next king of Judah.
Lastly we hear from Jeremiah. He too speak of God’s judgement of the nations, Philistia and Moab. Babylon will destroy both these nations but Moab gets a word of hope similar to that of Judah. He says, “And Moab shall be destroyed as a people, because he exalted himself against the Lord.” He goes on to say, “‘Yet I will bring back the captives of Moab in the latter days’, says the Lord.” Most believe the restoration that will occur in the latter days is a prophesy of the coming Messiah when we will see Gentiles convert to Christ followers.
Tomorrow we find out that Jeremiah isn’t too popular with the people in Judah…they want him dead. 😳 Not everyone likes to hear truth from the Lord. Keep reading to see what happens.
(Zephaniah 2:8-3:20, 2 Chronicles 35:20-27, 2 Kings 23:29-30, Jeremiah 47:1-48:47)