Introduction To Zephaniah: A Day of Wrath (Zephaniah 1: 1-18)

INTRODUCTION TO ZEPHANIAH:

A DAY OF WRATH

Zephaniah 1:1-18

Zephaniah was the great grandson of Hezekiah and prophesied as a contemporary of Jeremiah in Judah and more specifically in Jerusalem during the reign of Josiah (the boy king) at about 625 B.C. He prophesied about God’s impending judgment at the hands of the Chaldeans (Babylonians). His name means YAHWEH has treasured or hidden.

I. I WILL UTTERLY CONSUME (vs. 1-3)

a. How specific was Zephaniah as to the time of his prophesy? __________________________________________________

b. That this prophesy was issued prior to Josiah’s major reform what can we determine about the nation’s spiritual condition? c. In response to the unrepentant sinfulness of Judah what will the Lord do? _______________________________________

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II. ROOTING OUT IDOLATRY (vs. 4-11)

a. How direct is the Lord that idolatry was still a problem? _____________________________________________________

b. Syncretism is the mingling of worship of God and anything else. Was this also a problem? _________________________

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c. Apostasy is turning away from faith in God. Was this a problem? _____________________________________________

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d. “Those who leap over the threshold” is a reference to whom (1 Sam 5:5)? _____________________________________

e. Why would the inhabitants of Jerusalem wear the clothes of foreigners? _______________________________________

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III. ROOTING OUT COMPLACENCY (vs. 12-18)

a. How does verse 12 compare with 2 Peter 3:3-4? _________________________________________________________

b. What will the Day of the Lord be to those who are not right with God? _______________________________________

c. What will save people in that “Day of the Lord”? _______________ what will not save them? ____________________

IV. APPLICATION: Is God still a jealous God? ______________________________________________________________

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