Read Zephaniah 1
The Lord's judgment; future destruction of the Gentile nations; the people urged to rebuild the
The Israelites who had returned from
As the people built their homes and developed their businesses, there was no time left to rebuild the
Then God moved upon the prophet Haggai to proclaim the Word of the LORD (Haggai 1:3-11; Ezra 5:1). Two months later, Zechariah also began proclaiming the Word of the LORD (Zechariah 1:1).
Haggai first announced: Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD s House should be built. Then came the Word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it time for you . . . to dwell in your cieled (paneled) houses, and this House lie waste (in ruins)? . . . Consider your ways (Haggai 1:2-5).
Upon hearing the Word of the LORD, the people renewed their commitment to rebuild the
Without the Word of the LORD as a standard, we subsequently fall prey to deception and indifference. Reading the Word of God renews our love for His Word and imparts spiritual strength needed to put Him first in our lives.
The Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you (John 14:26).
As King of
Zephaniah 1:4 Chemarims = the idolatrous priests in charge; 1:9 leap on the threshold = rush into houses to confiscate the property; 2:15 carelessly = securely; Haggai 2:7 desire of all nations = the One desired by all people, the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
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Memory Verse for the Week: Titus 2:14