Today's readings were varied and potentially boring. I'm trying not to skip over anything. After all, you never know when God will sneak a zinger in there.
Passages included Zephaniah 2:8-15 through 3:20 ; 2 Chronicles 35:20-27 ; 2 Kings 23:29-30, and Jeremiah 47:1-7 and 48:1-47. Quotes indicate the LORD is speaking directly.
But the LORD is still there in the city, and He does no wrong. Day by day His justice is more evident, but no one takes notice. . . (Zeph. 3:5)
"On that day, I will purify the lips of all people, so that everyone will be able to worship the LORD together." (Zeph. 3:9) What a promise!!
"Those who are left will be the lowly and the humble, for it is they who trust in the name of the LORD. The people of Israel who survive will do no wrong to each other, never telling lies or deceiving one another. They will live peaceful lives, lying down to sleep in safety; there will be no one to make them afraid." (Zeph. 3:12-13)
And my favorite passage of all time--except the verse before it says, "On that day." Just when the enemy of my soul starts to whisper, "See? You've had it wrong all these years," the Holy Spirit reminds me that He is the One Who is, Who was, and Who is to come. Time for Jesus is irrelevant. . .
On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be, "Cheer up, Zion! Don't be afraid! For the LORD your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song."
Oh, thank You, Jesus!