Clean Sweep (4-23-17)

ZEPHANIAH 1 USES “SWEEPING” LANGUAGE TO DESCRIBE GOD’S JUDGMENT.

THIS PROPHET IS A COUSIN OF KINGS!

ZEPHANIAH SHOWS THAT GOD IS TOUGH (1:2) & TENDER (3:17).

3 STATEMENTS: “I WILL CONSUME; I WILL CUT OFF; I WILL PUNISH”.

THE FIRST IS ALL-ENCOMPASSING.

THE SECOND AND THIRD HAVE SPECIFIC TARGETS.

1- IDOLATERS “I will cut off” – 2 times (1:3, 4)

THE IDOLATROUS ARE THOSE WHO ACTIVELY OPPOSE GOD

. . . BY ADOPTING ANOTHER GOD (1:5).

THEY THINK, “GOD CAN SHARE”. TRUTH IS “GOD CAN SCARE”.

2- INDIFFERENT “I will punish” – 2 times (1:8, 9)

THE INDIFFERENT ARE THOSE WHO PASSIVELY OPPOSE GOD

. . . BY AVOIDING HIM AS GOD (1:12).

THEY THINK, “GOD’S GOT NOTHING DOING”. TRUTH IS “HE’S UP TO SOMETHING.”

AND THE RESULT IS . . SILENCE. (1:7, Habakkuk 2:20, Zechariah 2:13, Psalm 46:10)