This post is from notes taken at our Bible Study Sunday mornings at church.
The prophet Zephaniah is speaking for God regarding the sinful cities now known as
. These cities were proud and careless and the
heart of their nation was lifted up. Egypt
They were disobedient worshiping other gods instead of Lord Jehovah. The people followed after witchcraft and wizards and sorceries of all kinds. They were looking unto fortune tellers and false prophets instead of seeking God for direction.
The entire nation was so ingrained in unrighteousness that God wanted to wipe them all out in order to cleanse even the generational curses.
God sent prophets to warn the people and to tell them that He was planning to send enemies to destroy them all.
King Hezekiah in 2 Kings Chapter 19; became afraid of what God was going to do and he cried out to God for mercy. At the same time as he was praying, God was speaking to the prophet Isaiah sending him to the King telling him not to be afraid because God would defend them for King David’s sake.
2 Kings 19:35-36 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at
All this is ground work for us to understand the artistic culture of the past and the huge buildings statues and roadways they engineered. God said he would level all this and only animals would dwell there. Those who might pass by would hiss and make fun of what was once great.
We as Christians must pray and intercede for our nation who in many ways is similar to this nation we view from Old Testament Bible times.
God knows our going out and our coming in and He desires our heart to be fixed toward Him. Pray for our Nation and for those whose heart is turned in other ways that are not pleasing to God.