September 15


The Lord Promises Future Glory




            KEY VERSE: The just Lord is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.

n      Zephaniah 3:5


Every age needs a prophet like Zephaniah. He recognized the sins of his people. He told the people what they needed to hear, not what they wanted to hear. He warned them that their disobedience of God would be punished.

The people were not only wanton sinners, they were arrogant sinners. Even the priests went along with the sinful idolatry of the people. Rather than challenge sin, they tolerated the sinful behavior of the people. Obedience to God was replaced with their own selfishness.

Zephaniah’s words seemed to fall on deaf ears; the people seemed to laugh at the strange idea that God would punish the wicked. They went about their lives as though God did not even exist.

Such faithlessness did not deter the prophet. He continued to warn the people that wickedness was intolerable to God and that soon they would face his wrath unless they turned from their evil ways.

But Zephaniah was more than a prophet of doom. He was a man of hope too. God gave him a vision of a day when the people would change; they would worship humbly in the sacred temple. No longer would they have a haughty attitude toward God.

The prophet says this will come to pass when God removes the arrogant sinners from their midst, leaving only those who trust the Lord. The people remaining will be poor and afflicted but they will be rich in their reverence for God. He describes this remnant with these beautiful words:

      “The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies, neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.”

      What Zephaniah prophesied has not yet come to pass. But it will one day, when the New Jerusalem comes down from God out of heaven. Then unrepentant sinners will not be in that city, only those sins have been washed in the blood of the Lamb.

“Lord, I want to be in that number!”

      If you desire to be there also, then make sure your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.