I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. – Revelation 20:12
We learned in verses 1-8, that although we may choose a path contrary to God’s, God does not immediately wash His hands of us. He’s always providing opportunities for us to repent and restore our relationship with Him. Remember that in verses 1-8, http://wp.me/p5nZpi-1X and http://wp.me/p5nZpi-21, we saw that God allows all people, to exercise free will. And it’s free will that often gets us into trouble, forcing us to make choices between our way/culture’s influence vs God’s way.
Be reminded from these verses that those who choose their own way will one day be punished, while those who seek to follow God’s ways will be blessed.
Before looking at Zephaniah 3:9-13, let’s take a moment to read about The Tower of Babel in Genesis 11:1-9. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+11%3A1-9&version=NLT.
As you read this passage see if you can determine:
- what the people came together to build
- the reason they wanted to build ______, and
- God’s reaction/response to their plan