Zephaniah begins prophesying 40-50 years prior to the Babylonian captivity. He speaks of a coming day ("the day of the LORD" is mentioned at least twelve times in the book of Zephaniah)--a day when God will set up housekeeping and sweep the earth. Men and animals, birds of the air and fish of the sea will be swept away. Sin will have so infiltrated every area of creation that God will, once again, destroy every living thing upon the earth.
Zephaniah teaches a number of crucial truths about God and the day of judgment:
God punishes those whom He uses to discipline His people.
God punishes those who misrepresent Him to His people.
God keeps the promises that He makes.
God promises that His people will once again dwell in their own land.
"At that time I will bring you back, even at the time I gather you; for I will give you fame and praise among all the peoples of the earth, when I return your captives before your eyes" (3:20).
When Josiah disregards Necho's warning and pursues war with Egypt, what does this reveal about him?
What characterizes the nation of Moab and precipitates God's judgment? What does this reveal about God's judgment upon the nations?
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