How do you prioritize? What makes something more important than something else? There are things God thinks are important maybe we don’t … Today we see His priorities and reactions to our response.
- Zephaniah – Day of the Lord
Great grandson of Hezekiah the king
Name means – “Yahweh hides”
- Chapter 1
- “I will sweep away everything…” (Gen. 6:7 cf. Rev. 21:1)
- “I will destroy idolatry…” (2 Cor. 10:4-5)
- “I will punish the officials…” (Ps. 2:10-12)
- “I will punish the complacent..” (2 Thess. 3:10-12)
- “I will bring such distress…” (Prov. 1:25-27)
- Chapter 2
- “Seek the Lord…” (Jer. 29:13)
- “Seek righteousness, humility…” (Isa. 58:2)
- “I will destroy you Philistines completely…” (Jer. 47:4)
- “I have heard the insults of Moab & Ammon…” (Isa. 37:21-23)
- “I will destroy Cush by My sword…” (Jer. 51:55)
- “I will ruin Assyria…” (Isa. 14:25)
- Chapter 3
- “Jerusalem is corrupt…” (Isa. 1:4)
- “Jerusalem is unrepentant…” (Rom. 2:5)
- “I will purify them…” (Ps. 66:10-12)
- “I will take away their punishment..” (Ps. 103:8-10)
- “I will deal with your oppressors…” (Isa. 49:25-26)
- “I will restore you…” (Deut. 30:3)
- Haggai – Rebuilding the Temple
Name means – festival or feast
Haggai prophet, governor, high priest
- Chapter 1
- “It is time to rebuild the Lord’s house…” (Isa. 61:1-4)
- “Busy with your stuff, my house is in ruin…” (Heb. 10:23-25)
- “The Lord stirred up the spirit of the people…” (Rom. 12:11)
- Chapter 2
- “Be strong…do not fear…” (Deut. 31:6)
- “I will fill this house with glory…” (Ezek. 43:4-5)
- “It will be greater…and have peace…” (2 Cor. 6:16)
- “What this nation does is defiled…” (Prov. 14:34)
- “I struck down the work of your hands…” (1 Cor. 3:12-15)
- “I will overthrow thrones…” (Dan. 5:21)
- “You will be my seal…” (Gal. 6:17)___________________________________________________________________________________________
Verses for Zephaniah and Haggai
So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”
Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him
2 Thessalonians 3:10-12
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat.
since you disregard all my advice and do not accept my rebuke, I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you—when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions and seem eager for God to come near them.
For the day has come to destroy all the Philistines and to remove all survivors who could help Tyre and Sidon. The Lord is about to destroy the Philistines, the remnant from the coasts of Caphtor.
Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah: “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Because you have prayed to me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, this is the word the Lord has spoken against him: “Virgin Daughter Zion despises and mocks you. Daughter Jerusalem tosses her head as you flee. Who is it you have ridiculed and blasphemed? Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes in pride? Against the Holy One of Israel!
The Lord will destroy Babylon; he will silence her noisy din. Waves of enemies will rage like great waters; the roar of their voices will resound.
I will crush the Assyrian in my land; on my mountains I will trample him down. His yoke will be taken from my people, and his burden removed from their shoulders.”
Woe to the sinful nation, a people whose guilt is great, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the Lord; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him.
But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.
For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.
But this is what the Lord says: “Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save. I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine. Then all mankind will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”
then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
The glory of the Lord entered the temple through the gate facing east. Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.
2 Corinthians 6:16
What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.
1 Corinthians 3:12-15
If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.
He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like the ox; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone he wishes.
From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.