Strangely familiar

At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those who are complacent, who are like wine left on its dregs, who think, ‘The LORD will do nothing, either good or bad.’ Zephaniah 1.12


Not to be confused with his fellow prophet, Zechariah, Zephaniah was probably contemporary with Jeremiah, Nahum and Habakkuk, yet of noble birth. That did not stop him from haranguing the rich and powerful! Indeed his message is as uncompromising as it is comprehensive, taking in the southern kingdom of Judah's neighbours as well as Jerusalem itself. Interestingly, what really seems to have gripped Zephaniah is the spirit of secularism, which leads to society's ignoring of God, as if he does not even exist. Some might insist this is not necessarily a problem, as long as everyone behaves themselves. But where there is no ultimate accountability, who maintains those standards?

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