Zephaniah 1** Zephaniah excites to repentance, foretells the destruction ofthe enemies of the Jews, and comforts the pious among them withpromises of future blessings, the restoration of their nation,and the prosperity of the church in the latter days. * Threatenings against sinners. (1-6) More threatenings. (7-13)Distress from the approaching judgments. (14-18)1-6 Ruin is coming, utter ruin; destruction from the Almighty.The servants of God all proclaim, There is no peace for thewicked. The expressions are figurative, speaking every wheredesolation; the land shall be left without inhabitants. Thesinners to be consumed are, the professed idolaters, and thosethat worship Jehovah and idols, or swear to the Lord, and toMalcham. Those that think to divide their affections and worshipbetween God and idols, will come short of acceptance with God;for what communion can there be between light and darkness? IfSatan have half, he will have all; if the Lord have but half, hewill have none. Neglect of God shows impiety and contempt. Maynone of us be among those who draw back unto perdition, but ofthose who believe to the saving of the soul. 7-13 God's day is at hand; the punishment of presumptuoussinners is a sacrifice to the justice of God. The Jewish royalfamily shall be reckoned with for their pride and vanity; andthose that leap on the threshold, invading their neighbours'rights, and seizing their possessions. The trading people andthe rich merchants are called to account. Secure and carelesspeople are reckoned with. They are secure and easy; they say intheir heart, the Lord will not do good, neither will he do evil;that is, they deny his dispensing rewards and punishments. Butin the day of the Lord's judgment, it will clearly appear thatthose who perish, fall a sacrifice to Divine justice forbreaking God's law, and because they have no interest by faithin the Redeemer's atoning sacrifice. 14-18 This warning of approaching destruction, is enough tomake the sinners in Zion tremble; it refers to the great day ofthe Lord, the day in which he will show himself by takingvengeance on them. This day of the Lord is very near; it is aday of God's wrath, wrath to the utmost. It will be a day oftrouble and distress to sinners. Let them not be laid asleep bythe patience of God. What is a man profited if he gain the wholeworld, and lose his own soul? And what shall a man give inexchange for his soul? Let us flee from the wrath to come, andchoose the good part that shall never be taken from us; then weshall be prepared for every event; nothing shall separate usfrom the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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