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Study Guide / Outline

Introduction and Prayer

  • The speaker begins by expressing excitement about Old Testament survey classes.
  • He prays, thanking God for His Word and asks for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and revelation.
  • The prayer focuses on opening hearts to receive God’s Word and addressing any distractions or challenges.

Author and Historical Context

  • The author of the book of Zephaniah is identified as Zephaniah.
  • Zephaniah traces his lineage back four generations, including Hezekiah, a godly king of Judah.
  • Zephaniah prophesied during the reign of King Josiah, who implemented significant reforms.
  • Josiah inherited a corrupt and idolatrous administration from previous rulers.

Purpose of the Book of Zephaniah

  • The book of Zephaniah serves as a proclamation of God’s impending judgment.
  • Zephaniah emphasizes the consequences of disobedience but also promises deliverance and blessing.
  • The message conveys God’s holiness, justice, and love for sinners.
  • The speaker highlights the balance between God’s hatred for sin and His love for sinners.

Outline of the Book of Zephaniah

  1. Warning of Coming Judgment (Zephaniah 1:1 – 2:3)
    • Zephaniah proclaims God’s impending judgment upon Jerusalem and Judah.
    • Both man and beast will be consumed.
    • Idols and idol worshippers will face destruction.
    • The wicked will be punished.
    • Zephaniah calls the nation to repentance.
  2. Recipients of Judgment (Zephaniah 2:4 – 3:7)
    • God’s judgment extends to surrounding heathen nations.
    • Zephaniah points out that the sins of Jerusalem are similar to those of heathen nations.
    • The prophet declares that God’s judgment will impact all nations, including Judah.
  3. Results of the Judgment (Zephaniah 3:8-20)
    • The judgment will purify the remnant of God’s people.
    • The nation will be destroyed, but a small, pure remnant will remain.
    • This remnant will trust in the name of the Lord.
    • Zephaniah speaks of the daughter of Zion singing and God being with her.

God’s Purpose and Redemption

  • God’s judgment is not to destroy but to purify and teach.
  • The remnant left behind will worship God with a pure heart.
  • God’s plan extends beyond a small nation to encompass the entire world.
  • The current challenges faced by believers are part of God’s purifying process.
  • Those who stand the test will emerge with a burning passion for God.

Conclusion and Prayer

  • The speaker concludes by thanking God for the book of Zephaniah.
  • He prays for understanding, purification, and the ability to reflect God’s image on Earth.
  • The prayer expresses gratitude for being part of God’s remnant people.