But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.
The Book of Zephaniah is an Old Testament book written by Zephaniah to the nation of Judah, and all nations, between 640-621 B.C.
You can find the Book of Zephaniah near the end of the Old Testament, in between two other small books, Habakkuk and Haggai.
Zephaniah’s purpose for writing this book was to light a fire under the complacent people of Judah, and all people in the future, urging them to return back to God.
The king of Judah at the time of Zephaniah’s writing was King Josiah. King Josiah was considered a good king compared to the two previous kings of Judah, Manasseh and Amon, who were evil.
Prophets, like Zephaniah, were sent by God to give people a message. God’s way, God’s truth. They also warned people of God’s impending wrath should they choose to continue going their own way.
The Book of Zephaniah is a rather short book, containing only 3 chapters.
Chapter 1 is Zephaniah’s prophecy of terror.
Chapter 2 offers hope to those who will humble themselves before the Lord.
Chapter 3 speaks of God’s salvation and deliverance for those who have been faithful to Him.
As we read through the Book of Zephaniah, note the references to God’s judgement for those who choose their own way. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight – Isaiah 5:21.
God DOES NOT take sin lightly. Sin WILL BE punished. Always remember, God is in charge, and He will rescue and protect His adopted children.
As the people in Zephaniah’s time had to make a choice, we too have a choice to make.
Will I choose God’s ways or culture’s/man’s ways.
My parents can’t choose for me. My friends can’t choose for me. My family’s traditions can’t choose for me. I must make my choice to follow, or not follow God for myself.
Will I choose be a member of God’s family or the World’s family?