Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. 1 Cor. 8:6 (NIV)
I think with this verse from 1 Corinthians, Paul helps us frame how to think about Zephaniah’s first couple of chapters. When we understand that our very lives come from God the Father and are to be lived for God and that we live our lives through Jesus, we can understand God's anger and frustration with His people in Zephaniah’s time.
They were worshiping other gods even though they swore their devotion was to the Lord. They had fallen back from seeking the Lord and had become complacent in their pursuit of Him (if that’s what we can even call it). They were influenced by nations that worshiped false gods and were even worshiping creation. Thus Zeph’s warning of coming judgment was for both Israel and the surrounding nations.
Thankfully, the story doesn't end there! God in His kindness will preserve a people to be His remnant. Not only that but He rejoices over His people like a father. In Zeph. 3: 17, He tells us that:
These are powerful words from God, our Father! Let us take them to heart and live in these truths!
Rejoicing that He rejoices over us!
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