Return to Hope
October 9, 2022
THE CREATOR’S AUTHORITY
- Zephaniah 1:2-3 The decoration of Genesis 1:1, displaying God’s right of ownership and authority over his creation.
- The fundamental heart of rebellion is that we want to claim ownership of what ultimately belongs to God (our lives, morality, worship).
7 WAYS ZEPHANIAH DESCRIBES THE REBELLION OF GOD’S PEOPLE
-  Fell is love with someone else (idolatry) Zephaniah 1:4-5
-  Stopped Talking with God. Zephaniah 1:6
-  Reflect the Culture in stead of our Creator. Zephaniah 1:9
-  Spiritual Complacency. Zephaniah 1:12
-  Self-Serving Attitude. Zephaniah 3:1
-  Pushing God Away. Zephaniah 3:2
-  Careless with God’s Word. Zephaniah 3:4
THE CREATOR’S DISCIPLINE
DAY OF THE LORD – is a theme that runs throughout the book of Zephaniah. This is a day containing both bitter judgement for some and sweet mercy for others.
- In loving discipline, God destroys the objects of false worship/hope – possessions, false gods, bad leaders, money.
- The reason for this discipline is:
-  Judge the Wicked (Zephaniah 3:6-8) after having given numerous opportunities for repentance.
-  Restore God’s People (Zephaniah 3:9)
OUR WARRIOR’S SERENADE
Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will be quiet in his love. He will delight in you with singing.””
- “God is among you” – The genealogy of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 1:10-11 shows how Jesus entered Zephaniah’s broken family story to to bring about the reality of our salvation.
- “A warrior who saves” – the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
- “Delight in your with singing” – Our warrior-King rejoices over us with gladness, quiets us with his love, and delights in us with singing.”
Which of these three characteristics of God do you need to be reminded of today and why?