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)
- 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?
- 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? Pr. 11:4; Ezk.
- Verse 4. To ‘cut off… the name of’ mean to ‘obliterate the memory of’
- Verse 5. ‘Milcom’: a foreign deity of this or a similar name was worshipped in several of the countries surrounding Judah.
- 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.