The Israelites being sent into the exile.

The Book of Zephaniah is a minor Prophetic Book from the Old
Testament. Zephaniah is the 9th out of the 12 Minor Prophets; the
Book of Zephaniah is followed by the Book of Haggai and preceded by the Book of
Habakkuk. The Book of Zephaniah was written by Zephaniah; the son of Cushi, who
was the son of Gedaliah, who was the son of Amariah, who was the son of Hezekiah.
The Book of Zephaniah was written in the days of King Josiah son of Amon of
Judah, mostly during the Monarchic Period and some just after it; between 640BC
and 586BC. Zephaniah
was mostly written around the time of the Monarchic Period, and its writing was
induced by Judah’s refusal to obey the covenant obligations toward God. The
Judahites didn’t heed the warning of Israel’s exile a generation or two
previously. The Israeli exile was an exile that contributed to God’s anger
towards Israel and their disobedience to his holy covenant. Through the Book of
Zephaniah, Zephaniah urges Judah to obey God’s covenant, saying that perhaps
God will forgive them if they do so. The
current events influenced Zephaniah to write this book were that God’s decree
highly concerns all to repent in the accepted time. We should all be careful
when seeking peace with God, so that the Holy Spirit does not withdraw from us
before the holy day is finished; before our everlasting status is decided. Let
the suffering seek the Lord, and seek the Lord’s commands to understand and
keep his commandments and covenants true. The central hope of Zephaniah in
writing this book was the hope of
deliverance from the sin of Judah to avoid the fate of Israel and bask in the
glory and love of God through the following of his covenant with the Judahites.

            The Book of Zephaniah shows us our
relationship with God because within the
book Zephaniah tells the Judahites that they must improve their relationship
with God by following his covenant and commandments; so that they don’t suffer
the same fate as the Israelites, the exile. Zephaniah’s unadulterated language
of the grace of God was meant to teach
men to use humility, faith, and repentance to become closer to God and to save
themselves from the fate of the Israelites. “Seek the LORD, all you humble of
the land, who have observed this law; seek justice, seek humility; perhaps you
will be sheltered on the day of the LORD’s anger” (Zephaniah 2:3). This verse
from the Book of Zephaniah Chapter 2 is written to tell us that those who were
faithful to God, his covenant, his Laws, and his Commandments will be protected
from the anger of the Lord, much unlike the Israelites being sent into the
exile. Zephaniah is trying to tell the Judahites that if they are faithful to
God, they will be saved from punishment. “But I will leave as a remnant in your
midst a people humble and lowly, who shall take refuge in the name of the LORD
— the remnant of Israel” (Excerpts from Zephaniah 3:12-13). The verses from
Zephaniah Chapter 3 were written by Zephaniah to tell the Judahites that the
Judahites would be presented with a remnant from Israel, people from the exile,
to show them what would, or could happen
if they were unfaithful to God’s Law. The passages from Zephaniah tie in with
other teachings we have heard and learned because it shows how we will be
rewarded and saved if we follow God, but we will be unhappy and punished if we
disobey his Law. The connection to society today from the Book of Zephaniah is
that it tells the Judahites to obey God’s
Law and be faithful to him; but in the world today, we tend to worship
technology and blatantly disobey God’s Law sometimes. The Book of Zephaniah
tells the Judahites and us the impact this could have on us, just as the
Israelites were exiled; and the only way to avoid God’s anger towards the
unfaithful is to improve our relationship with God and hold true his Laws,
covenants, and love.


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