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AMOS: In Defense of God's Wrath.
ZEPHANIAH: In Defense of God's Jealousy.
Here is a brief introduction to the man:
Unlike Amos (a farmer), Zephaniah was descendant of royalty. And unlike present day royalty, he felt compelled to speak up, and speak out against the leadership and the godlessness of his day. He spoke during the reign of King Josiah (c630BC), but before that King set about a spiritual reform (See 2 Kings 22-23). Zephaniah knew that his compatriots did not care about God. He knew that many were complacent, saying in their hearts, 'The Lord will not do good, nor will he do harm.' How wrong they were...
The Book is short!
You can read this one in 10 minutes. But twice it mentions one phrase: "In the fire of his Jealousy". You can read that, for example, in 1:18:
In the fire of his jealousy, all the earth shall be consumed; for a full and sudden end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.
FOR YOUR PREPARATION:
Read Zephaniah 1.
- How strong is God's wrath here?
- Why is God jealous for his people?
- What are they doing to provoke his jealousy?
- Good jealousy can be good. It can provoke a much needed response from an unfaithful person. What response ought God's jealousy to provoke in us?
- What does God's jealousy lead him to do in love?
- How does this chapter reflection God's love shown in Jesus in the New Testament (See 1 John 3:1).
Again, the talk can be downloaded HERE.