Josiah was a godly king who turned to God with all his heart, soul and strength. Yet the kingdom hardly survived his death in battle. Zephaniah’s message is one of judgment on an obstinate and unrepentant Jerusalem and the people of Judah who opposed passively and actively their Messiah, Josiah.
We read this in 2 Kings 23, “Before him there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his might, according to the Law of Moses, nor did any like him arise after him.”
Back in ch 22 as well we read, “And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD and walked in all the way of David his father, and he did not turn aside to the right or to the left.”
That’s some reference huh!
Josiah was fervent in his desire to please the Lord, and he worked hard at removing idolatry from Israel.
Note: This is the oppposite kind of “yet” from what we read at the end of Habakkuk yesterday.
And yet Israel, Jerusalem; and yet they rejected the Lord.
Listen to what the Lord says of His people that have turned their back on Him!
“I will bring distress on mankind, so that they shall walk like the blind, because they have sinned against the LORD; their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like dung.”
This isn’t a tap on the hand from the Lord. It’s not a gentle rebuke.
Instead, “In the fire of his jealousy, all the earth shall be consumed; for a full and sudden end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.”
How much should this resonate with us! And remind us of Jesus’ return.
We only have to read through the final chapters in God’s word, at the end of Revelation, to hear and see the parallels (many of these OT books give a reality that is reviewed again in Revelation).
We read in Rev ch 22, “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done.”
Who is coming?
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”
Our _ONLY_ hope in life is found in Jesus. Solely and wholly. Only in Him will we find rescue from God’s just and consuming wrath.
* Holy God,
We come before You today, reading from Your word here in Zephaniah; Lord and we would pray that please, in Your mercy and grace, please open our eyes to see, our ears to hear, our hearts to understand what You want us to know today.
Often we put aside what we don’t like to hear. Please stop this behaviour if it is in us. Mark us as a faithful and humble and MEEK people, who submit themselves under You, under Your will, hearing Your word.
Please write Your word on our hearts Lord God, this day and onwards.