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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 over people’s door mats in order to exploit and oppress people. In fact, the LORD will search the houses of Jerusalem with lamps finding out those who deserve his judgment – a terrifying thought.

Some of these people think that the LORD will not act for good or for evil. They deny the covenant made in Deuteronomy where God promised blessings for obedience and disaster for disobedience. However, in verses 12-13, the curses of the Deuteronomy covenant are quote. The people may disbelieve but the LORD is faithful to his promises whether to bless or to judge.

This is followed by a terrifying description of the Day of Yahweh. A day of wrath, of distress and anguish, of ruin and devastation, of darkness and gloom, of clouds and thick darkness. The result is blood flowing on the ground and dead bodies littered like dung in a field. Neither silver nor gold will be able to save people. 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.

Thank God the Father for sending his Son to drink the cup of wrath on our behalf.