Today being the planned catch up day for the fourth week of May, we have no readings scheduled. Please give some thought, though, to the following points and observations from this week’s reading.
1. Though Zephaniah proclaimed the certain judgment of God to Judah, he did not suggest that every person was at fault. “Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the Lord” (Zeph. 2:3).
Yes, God’s anger would be poured out on Judah, but his prayers was that those righteous ones might be spared harm through what would undoubtedly be very difficult times. Yet another example that sometimes the righteous do suffer for the sins of others.
2. Generational faith is challenging. As the line of kings in Judah demonstrated, faithfulness in the father did not guarantee it in the son. One wonders about the spiritual influences on ones like Hezekiah and Josiah who had such wicked fathers yet became such great kings? And, why their offspring were as unrighteous as they had been good?
One thing is for certain, we must exercise great care for the spiritual influences in our lives and those of our children.
3. The citizens of Jerusalem could not believe the message of Jeremiah. They were convinced of God’s presence and His protection. Was that an expression of faith? No, it wasn’t. Jeremiah said, “Do not trust in these deceptive words: ‘This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord” (Jer. 7:4).
They believed that as long as the physical temple stood, they were in God’s favor, no matter what kind of lives they lived. Their trust was in external manifestations and representations instead of genuine devotion and service to God.
It’s a common mistake.
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