20 February, 2017
Search The Scriptures —Study 1 — Zephaniah 1
Study 1 From the Book of Zephaniah is: Zephaniah 1
The effects of God’s universal judgment (verses 2, 3) upon Judah and Jerusalem are described in detail (verses 4-13). The chapter ends with a terrifying picture of the day of the Lord (verses 14-18)
1. On whom particularly will God’s judgment fall according to this chapter, and why? Can you think of any modern counterparts to the sinful actions described?
2. Having considered the reasons for judgment, now ponder the accompaniments of the day of the Lord in verses 14-18. What may we learn from these about God’s view of sin? Cf. Pr. 11:4; Ezk.
1. Verse 4. To ‘cut off… the name of’ mean to ‘obliterate the memory of’
2. Verse 5. ‘Milcom’: a foreign deity of this or a similar name was worshipped in several of the countries surrounding Judah.
3. Verse 12. ‘Thickening upon their lees’: cf. Je. 48:11. This picture, taken from the wine-trade, refers to the sedimentation of wine. The idle, stagnant, muddy-minded men in Jerusalem, who thought they could settle down in their godless indifference, will be punished.