The Great Day of the LORD (Zephaniah 1:14 – 2:3)

Scripture Text:

Zephaniah 1:14 – 2:3

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1. From your year-at-a-glance calendar, what “appointed time” are you eagerly anticipating? Which scheduled appointment are you dreading? Are you good at waiting? How so?

2. How close does Zephaniah say the people are to “the great Day of the Lord?” Is that day linked, penciled or not even on their appointment calendars? Why or why not?

3. Amid prosperity, how bright is Judah’s future? What will “that day” be like? Is there any escape or are God’s consequences universal? What escape routes are dead ends (chapter 1:18)?

4. What hope does God offer to any who gather contritely before Him (chapter 2:1 – 3)? What attitudes and actions please the Lord? What will be the result?

5. What do these judgments reveal about God’s view of sin and its consequences?About God’s view of the oppressor and the oppressed?

6. Why is it harder to hear God’s warnings during prosperity, when things are going well? Do you “shine” in suffering or in prosperity? Why is that?

7. What contemporary “signs” (dark clouds and social distress) do you see as God’s warning to the nation? To the Church? To you?

8. In what ways are you seeking the Lord? His righteousness? With what promise?

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