To make the lost aware of God's judgement.
I. Noble birth; great great grandfather was King Hezekiah!
II. Helped prepare Judah for the revival which
took place under
III. This period was preceeded by 50 years
of evil leadership
IV. Zephaniah called his people to repentance.
Reform came, but after Josiah,
I. Judgment on Judah
can not serve two masters.
B. Moab and Ammonites to the East. [2: 8-11]
C. Ethiopians to the South. [2: 12]
to the North were a terror of the world. [2: 13-5]
E. "Pride goes
before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall."
III. The prophesies of blessings. [3: 9-20]
A. Future blessings for Gentiles. [3: 9-10]
B. Future blessings for Jews. [3: 11-20]
will be blessed if faithful. [Rev 2:10; Rom 6: 22-23; 1 Cor
IV. We need to be calm before and after the storms of life.
A. Jesus calms
the storms of our life if we allow Him to rule. [Mt 8: 23-27]
B. Lazarus in Abraham's bosom after his physical life. [Lk 16: 19-31]
C. Thomas Paine,
"Adeist", says that "God's too big to worry about this
D. Wealth will
not save us, but God's will will!
[1: 18; 1 Pet 1: 18-19]
E. God never
fails, but our evil neighbors will.
I. The great day of God is mentioned
over and over again for a purpose.
II. Zephaniah exhortation everybody to repent before it is too late. [2: 1-3]
III. The grain/faithful Christians will be
kept, but the chaff/heathens will be
IV. We can be calm in our own personal storms,
because we know WHO is in
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