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Open our hearts and minds to the mysteries and truths that are hidden within its pages, and may we discover a clarity of understanding within Your Word that was hitherto hidden from us.
Give us unity of the spirit and a desire to learn new truths, as we open up Your Word.
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In Jesus' name, Amen
In this study we will read the book of Zephaniah. It has only three chapters, but is a powerful book. This study will be a week long. I will give a summary / insight of Zephaniah. For the in-depth study visit our Etsy Store for a E-book of Zephaniah bible Study.
What the book of Zephaniah is about: a little insight.
DATE OF WRITING: c. 630 B.C.
THEME / PURPOSE: The Day of the Lord/ Destruction and Salvation
A little Background:
Zephaniah, whose name means "the LORD hides," was a great-great-grandson of King Hezekiah of Judah and prophesied during the reign of Josiah (639-609B.C.), Judah's last godly ruler (Zephaniah 1:1). Zephaniah's reference to Jerusalem as "this place" (Zephaniah 1:4), as well as his detailed description of Jerusalem's landscape and its sins, supports the belief by scholars that he lived in this city. Being a descendant of royalty and related to King Josiah (also a great-great-grandson of Hezekiah) meant that Zephaniah had access to the royal palace. His prophecies focused on God's message for Judah and the surrounding nations.
Because of the type of sins that Zephaniah mentions when he makes charges against the nation of Judah and its capital, Jerusalem (Zephaniah 1:4-13; 3:1-7), it is likely that his prophecies were given before Josiah's reforms, which led to a spiritual revival in Judah.
Zephaniah's message came at a time when society was still quite involved in the terrible sins of Josiah's wicked predecessors (Manasseh and Amon), It was not until the 12th year of Josiah's reign (627B.c) that the king began to cleanse the nation of idolatry (worshiping false gods or other things instead of the one true God) and turn the people back to the true worship of the Lord. eight years later, he ordered the repair and purification of Solomon's Temple, during which time a copy of God's law was discovered (2 Kings 22:1-10), Zephaniah's description of Judah's low spiritual and moral condition must have been written about 630 B.C. Zephaniah's preaching probably had a direct influence on the king, helping to inspire his reforms.
The 630 B.C. date also seems correct since there is no reference to Babylon as the leading world power, (Babylon began its rise to world leadership under Nabopolassar in 626-625B.C., when it gained independence from the Assyrian Empire.) However, Zephaniah did prophesy about the downfall of mighty Assyria (at the hands of a Babylonian coalition), an event that occurred in 612 B.C. with the destruction of Nineveh, its capital city.
The prophet Jeremiah was younger than Zephaniah but lived during the same general time period.
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I'm Margaret "Margarita". I am a Christian, wife, mother and grandmother. I talk about faith, my Christian walk, & our life on the farm. I have learned so much & continue to learn from the Word of the LORD. I hope this space will give you encouragement and inspiration in your walk with God.
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