The Book Of Zephaniah

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Like most of the prophets, we don’t know a whole lot about their personal lives, but we do know that the name Zephaniah means, ‘hidden by God’, he was probably a member of the royal family of Judah and as a prophet, he prophesied in the days of Josiah. We also know that King Hezekiah was his great, great, grandfather, hence why some call him ‘the royal prophet’.

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Zephaniah lived during one of the worst times in the history of Judah, under the evil reign of King Manasseh. The good news is, for Judah it won’t be long before Josiah begins his rule as king of the southern kingdom of Judah, and it was during his reformation when Zephaniah begins his work as a prophet. Complete Study Of The Book Of Zephaniah

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As with most of the Old Testament prophets, there messages were like what some would call, ‘hell fire sermons’ but the good news is that most of them ended with a promise from God. We could say that Zephaniah’s message falls into this category, as we will see as we go through his message. Zephaniah 1

Judah had gone so far away from God and His ways, they had become almost useless to God as a nation. It was God who made them into a nation, but it seems they have forgotten this and forgotten God. Zephaniah pleads with the righteous few to get their act together, so that they can be identified with God. Zephaniah 2

Zephaniah now turns his attention to Jerusalem, especially those who live in the city who were the evil civil and religious leaders. The city has defied the Lord, it hasn’t obeyed the Lord. They just did their own thing and created their own standards which resulted in the poor being oppressed. Zephaniah 3


"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

Matthew 6:33