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1. God's Judgment Is Announced (Zephaniah 1:1)

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Zephaniah (part one)

The minor prophet Zephaniah presents a view of God that might disturb many Christians. We certainly know that our God is loving, and we tend to emphasize this quality while neglecting His other attributes. But our loving God is also a just God whose holiness is offended by our sin. He rightly demands a measure of subjection from His creation and, when we repeatedly thumb our nose at Him, He rightly meets our rebellion with His judgment. It never comes as a surprise, though. God in His mercy constantly invites us to live on His terms which He clearly defines for us. Sometimes that invitation includes an angry warning of judgment from a God who has grown disgusted with His creation's long, arrogant disregard.

Related Topics: Character of God, Eschatology (Things to Come), Failure

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