Scripture

Zephaniah 1:1-3 (NIV)

The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, during the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah:

Judgment on the Whole Earth in the Day of the Lord

2 “I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth,” declares the Lord.

3 “I will sweep away both man and beast; I will sweep away the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea—and the idols that cause the wicked to stumble. When I destroy all mankind on the face of the earth,” declares the Lord

Zephaniah 2:9-11 (NIV)

9 Therefore, as surely as I live,” declares the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, “surely Moab will become like Sodom, the Ammonites like Gomorrah—a place of weeds and salt pits, a wasteland forever. The remnant of my people will plunder them; the survivors of my nation will inherit their land.”

10 This is what they will get in return for their pride, for insulting and mocking the people of the Lord Almighty.

11 The Lord will be awesome to them when he destroys all the gods of the earth. Distant nations will bow down to him, all of them in their own lands.

Zephaniah 3:16-17 (NIV)

16 On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.

17 The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Questions

What is the relationship between God’s judgement/wrath and His love?

Pastor Mike mentioned how sometimes he imagines God the way he wants Him to be, rather than how He is revealed in Scripture. Is this something you feel you can relate too?

“We sing about God, but have you ever considered that God sings about you (Zeph 3:17)? You bring the God of the universe great delight!” Take a few moments in the quiet to reflect on this statement. How does this change how you see God? How does this change how you see yourself?


Practical Application

“There is no one so broken God cannot heal; no one too unlovable for God to value; no one so lost that God cannot find; no one too far off for God to pursue; no one too insignificant for God to care.”

(Pastor Mike)

Carry this truth into your week. Let it shape not only how you see yourself, but also your co workers, neighbors, family members and strangers.


Discussion

In reading through the Bible, we see many aspects of God’s character. Yet what binds them altogether is His love. Still, sometimes it’s hard to read passages of God’s judgement and wrath and wonder; is this really compatible with a God of love?

Join Will and Pastor Mike as they explore how God’s heart for us and for justice actually compliment (rather than contradict) each other.


Go Further

Is God Both Wrathful and Loving? – Article by Peter Adam

Overview: Zephaniah– Video Teaching by The Bible Project

In Christ Alone – Song by Keith and Kristyn Getty