ZEPHANIAH 1:1-3:20 | REVELATION 10:1-11 | PSALM 138:1-8 | PROVERBS 30:11-14
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Despite its relatively short length, the book of Zephaniah incorporates a number of common prophetic themes.
This book includes one of the most vivid descriptions in the prophetic literature of God’s wrath. When hearts remain unchanged, outward improvements cannot last. Zephaniah’s prophecy deals with God’s judgment upon his own people, followed by descriptions of divine judgment upon the surrounding nations, and finally a section dealing with the future hope of salvation.
Serving as the Lord’s mouthpiece, Zephaniah announces to the people of Israel these words of comfort:
17 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 will rejoice over you with singing.
Turning next to the passage in Revelations, the account of the angel and the little scroll is quite fascinating. The bitter-sweet nature of the scroll might mean that God’s Word is perhaps like that? And whatever the content of the scroll, it is connected to John’s command to prophesy to all men. This is not a message focused only to the church.
David’s Psalm for the day is one of many such psalms of praise. With such confidence he writes:
6 Though the LORD is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;
though lofty, he sees them from afar.
7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life.
And from the Proverbs passage of the day, a few verses worthy of record and rumination:
11 “There are those who curse their fathers
and do not bless their mothers;
12 those who are pure in their own eyes
and yet are not cleansed of their filth;
13 those whose eyes are ever so haughty,
whose glances are so disdainful;
14 those whose teeth are swords
and whose jaws are set with knives
to devour the poor from the earth
and the needy from among mankind.
May it be that these qualities are never attributed to you or me.
May God bless the reading and reflection of His Word. Amen.