Posts from May 2020

Posts from May 2020

Zephaniah 3:9-13 – A regenerated people

The great future restoration that God brings about in his people is regeneration. Regeneration is re-creation, to make new. In 3:9 God will cause people to have a pure lip and one shoulder. To have a pure lip means that people’s words will be pleasing and acceptable to God – for example, they will call upon the name of the LORD for salvation and life. No longer will…

Zephaniah 1:7-18 – The Day of Yahweh

Zephaniah tells us about God’s wrath in terms of a coming Day of Yahweh. It is a day in which people will be silent before the LORD as they face a comprehensive, unavoidable, and terrifying judgment. Zephaniah begins by giving us a description of who in Judah will be first to face this judgment – his royal cousins – who wear the foreign clothes of pagan priests and leap…

Habakkuk 3 – The psalm of Habakkuk

Habakkuk’s response to what the LORD taught him is praise and worship – he writes a psalm. He speaks of his awe in God’s works. He asks God to work his ways in the present and for that work that intermingles wrath and mercy (Is that not the kind of work that is the Cross!). Habakkuk, like Micah and Nahum before him, describes the awesomeness of God’s coming. God’s coming…