Daily Devotional Sunday 13th December 2020

by William Moody

Zephaniah 1:10–13

10   “On that day,” declares the LORD,
    “a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate,
  a wail from the Second Quarter,
    a loud crash from the hills.
11   Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar!
    For all the traders1 are no more;
    all who weigh out silver are cut off.
12   At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,
    and I will punish the men
  who are complacent,2
    those who say in their hearts,
  ‘The LORD will not do good,
    nor will he do ill.’
13   Their goods shall be plundered,
    and their houses laid waste.
  Though they build houses,
    they shall not inhabit them;
  though they plant vineyards,
    they shall not drink wine from them.”

Footnotes

[1] 1:11 Or all the people of Canaan
[2] 1:12 Hebrew are thickening on the dregs [of their wine]

(ESV)

God’s judgment will greatly affect people’s way of life and prosperity. The Fish Gate was the market place (v10). The Second Quarter was where the wealthy lived. Mortar (v11) possibly was a quarry and then the traders are singled out as losing out.

People will lose the possessions that they held so dear (v13). God’s curse includes people’s hard work bearing little or no fruit. Fruitfulness comes as people are faithful to God.

The great problem these people had and why they ended up in this mess was because they were so complacent (v12) in regards to God. They didn’t believe that God would be significant in their lives or intervene in their lives.

People need to be aware that one day they will see that God’s intervention in an inescapable way. God may be ignored for a time, but God cannot be ignored forever. Are you ignoring God in your life? Speak to God about how one day you will see Jesus face to face at the judgment.

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