August 31, Reading 2 – Zephaniah 3

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SAA Notes

Jerusalem Above is the future God has for His people. Jerusalem Below (earthly, present Jerusalem) is the city of oppressors, rebellious and defiled. It has no future with God.

SJA Notes

Zephaniah goes deeper with and expands on what we have been wrestling with.

The Lord _will_ remove His enemies, those proud and haughty.

And then this, “But I will leave in your midst a people humble and lowly.”

What a hope! This is for us!

“They shall seek refuge in the name of the LORD” – Time and again throughout God’s word we are called to take refuge in Him, in His name.

The hope we have is bigger too than any worldly understanding – “For they shall graze and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.”

Fear of the world, of powers and principalities; in Jesus we are able to stand secure and unafraid. This is a good thing to dwell on!

And look, here is Jesus!

“The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall never again fear evil.”

And again, “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save;”

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Father God,

Rejoice over us with gladness, and quiet us with Your love, exult over us with loud singing.

Refine us Lord God, make us into Your people in spirit and in truth!

And Saviour Lord, please save those around us, our loved ones, our neighbours. Those lost in darkness and outside the camp.

Amen.

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