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First Testament – Zephaniah

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Zephaniah, an ancient book of prophetic poetry, is both intense and powerful. While directed at the southern kingdom of Judah and its capital, Jerusalem, its message about the coming Day of the Lord is one that is still critical today. Exploring themes of judgement and restoration, Zephaniah both hammers home the message of God’s holiness and wrath, while at the same time preserving a thread of hope for those who believe and remain committed to God.

We don’t know much about Zephaniah other than the genealogy found in Zephaniah 1:1. The ninth of twelve books known collectively as the Minor Prophets, Zephaniah was written to the people of Judah to call them to repentance and offer the hope of restoration to God. The Minor Prophets are called “minor” because of their length, not their content; they are all short books! The title has nothing to do with their importance, as all scripture given by God is immeasurable in value.

Study Overview

  • Week 1, The Day of the Lord (Zephaniah 1)

An intro to who Zephaniah was and what the Day of the Lord is.

  • Week 2, Cosmic Uncreation (Zephaniah 1)

Study the links between Genesis’ creation and Zephaniah’s destruction.

  • Week 3, The World Judged (Zephaniah 2)

A terrifying warning about the dangers of pride paired with a call to humility.

  • Week 4, Hope for Restoration (Zephaniah 3)

In the closing verses, Zephaniah paints a hopeful picture for the committed.

About this Series

Why is this series called “The First Testament”? Words often communicate unintentional messages. While we have called the testaments “Old” and “New” for centuries, these labels have had an unfortunate consequence: for many, the word “old” conveys the ideas of irrelevance and being outdated. Nothing could be farther from the truth! Paul wrote, “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.” Romans 15:4 (NLT). When he wrote this, he was speaking of the Old Testament! Perhaps a better set of titles would be the “First” and “Second” testaments; together they give us the message of hope! The First Testament, two-thirds of the Bible, gives us the foundation from which Christ fulfills God’s will!

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