Zechariah Lesson 1: “The Promised Messiah”
Motivation: The authority of God’s Word calls us to judgment & repentance. Proof of that authority is contained in fulfilled prophecy.
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Obadiah Lesson 1: “Compassion for Lost People”
Motivation: The ultimate hypocrisy is the church member who’s humble and proud of it. The sins of Edom are the sins of America; pride, self-sufficiency, and lack of trust in God. These sins can also afflict any one of us and cause us to fall.
Zephaniah Lesson 2: “Our Great Salvation”
Motivation: While we often associate prophecy with doom and judgment, the prophets were often the only voices of hope. In this passage we’ll see judgment but also restoration and salvation.
I. The Judgment to Come on Jerusalem (1-7)
The “Woe” of verse one does not point back to the Gentile nations, but instead, points directly at Jerusalem. The Holy City is “rebellious and defiled...oppressive...”
A. Four Classes of Sin (2)
1. Disobedience “She has not obeyed” 3. Distrust “She has not trusted in Yahweh”
2. Disdain “She has not accepted discipline” 4. Disengagement “She has not drawn near to
B. Four Classes of Sinner (3-4)
1. Princes “roaring lions” 3. Prophets “reckless, treacherous” (4)
2. Judges “wolves of the night” (3) 4. Priests “profane the sanctuary, they do
violence to instruction” (4)
C. Four Qualities of the Judge (5-8)
1. Righteous “The righteous Lord” (5) 3. Resolute “I have cut off nations” (6)
2. Reliable “He does not fail at dawn” (5) 4. Relentless “You will certainly fear Me and
accept correction” (7)
II. Wait in Faith (3:8)
“Therefore wait for Me-this is the Lord’s declaration-until the day I rise up for plunder. For My decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, in order to pour out My indignation on them, all My burning anger; for the whole earth will be consumed by the fire of My jealousy.” (3:8) HCSB, p.1560: 3:8 “The fire of My jealousy may incorporate two OT themes: (1) Yahweh’s fierce, jealous judgment of Israel by covenant curses (Dt 29:20-21) because they ignored warnings against idol worship (Dt 29:16-18); and (2) His zeal or jealousy for His people (cp. Zch 8:2), resulting in fire upon His enemies (Is 26:11) during earth’s universal judgment (Is 24) to bring salvation to the remnant (Zch 8:6-8).”
III. Call on God (3:9-13)
These verses promise restoration and a remnant, common themes for God’s prophets to deliver.
A. Prophecy: “For I will then restore pure speech to the peoples so that all of them may call on the name of Yahweh and serve Him with a single purpose. From beyond the rivers of Cush My supplicants, My dispersed people, will bring an offering to Me.” (9-10) While ultimately these verses will be fulfilled in the age of the Messiah, we have had a foretaste in modern times:
1. “pure speech” - The official language of Israel is Hebrew, thought long to be a dead language. If Isaiah visited Tel Aviv today, he could read a menu! Never before has a dead language come back to life. This promise is a reverse of the curse of Babel. (Gen. 11:1ff)
2. “From beyond the rivers of Cush My supplicants, My dispersed people, will bring an offering to Me” On Saturday, May 25, 1991, 14,400 Ethiopian Jews were brought to Israel in an emergency airlift to protect them from warring factions. If not a direct fulfillment of this prophecy, then the incident is certainly a wonderful foretaste of God bringing worshippers from the distant parts of the earth to Jerusalem.
B. Purity “On that day you will not be put to shame because of everything you have done in rebelling against Me. For then I will remove your proud, arrogant people from among you, and you will never again be haughty on My Holy mountain.” (11) Israel’s arrogant defiance of God and His laws led to judgment, exile and ruin. At this point in history only ruin lies ahead. Yet, this promise tells of a better day for Jerusalem when pure worship will return.
C. Protection “I will leave a meek and humble people among you, and they will take refuge in the name of Yahweh.” (12) Whereas the arrogant didn’t need God, the meek and humble take refuge in Him.
D. Profession “The remnant of Israel will no longer do wrong or tell lies; a deceitful tongue will not be found in their mouths. But they will pasture and lie down, with nothing to make them afraid.” ( 13) Israel will finally have an honest relationship with God. In the OT, idolatry is often referenced as sexual promiscuity or adultery (cf. Hosea). Such immorality is impossible to hide without lies.
IV. Celebrate Salvation (3:14-17)
These words are directed not only to the end times but also to God’s people everywhere. They give us a picture of God’s nature, of how He desires to treat His people. No matter the trial or threat, God’s people can always depend on Him to ultimately restore them to rejoicing and gladness. (14)
A. Singing “Sing for joy, Daughter Zion; shout loudly, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem!” (14) John Piper answers the question “Is it true that Christianity is unique in the fact that it is a singing and rejoicing faith?” His reply, “Absolutely. I don’t think there are any other religions that sing like Christians sing. Christians really make music over their faith.” We see that from the earliest days of Christianity when Paul wrote to the Ephesians “speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music from your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19). I have witnessed joyful Christians singing from China to Africa, from some of the poorest nations to the richest. Singing with joy is truly a hallmark of Christianity.
B. Pardoned “The Lord has removed your punishment; He has turned back your enemy. The King of Israel, Yahweh, is among you; you need no longer fear harm. On that day it will be said to Jerusalem: ‘Do not fear, Zion, do not let your hands grow weak.’” (15-16) Judgment is getting what you deserve (Rom. 6:23). Mercy is not getting what you deserve. (Heb. 2:17) However, from Emmanuel (‘God with us’) we receive grace which is getting what we don’t deserve (Ephesians 2:8-9).
C. Strengthened “Yahweh your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will bring you quietness with His love. He will delight in you with shouts of joy.” (17)
D. Personal “among you” (15 & 17) Our God is not a distant and removed deity. He desires a personal relationship with us through Jesus Christ.
E. Powerful “warrior who saves” (17) The name Jesus refers to one who saves. At the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, the crowds cried “Hosanna” which can be translated “Save us now we pray!” In stating His own mission, Jesus said “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10) A “warrior” is a military figure, one who fights. It’s comforting to know that we are not in this spiritual struggle alone.
F. Praiseworthy - Three statements conclude this verse with actions God takes toward His people: rejoice over you with gladness… bring you quietness with His love… delight in you with shouts of joy. All three describe actions we would normally direct at God in praise. To think that He rejoices, loves and delights in us is truly praiseworthy and sources of strength.
V. Restoration of a Remnant (3:18-20)
1. The Day of the Lord reminds us of God’s ultimate judgment over the nations.
2. Prophecy and its fulfillment reminds us that God is in control and knows our futures.
3. God’s promises to His people remind us of His loving nature toward those who believe.
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Zephaniah Lesson 1: “Everyone Accountable”
Motivation: God’s people had become corrupted with idol worship. God’s coming judgment (through the Babylonian invasion) was not just for vengeance but also for purification. Through God’s words in Zephaniah, we are reminded of His justice, love and control of the future. (Isa. 46:9-10; Daniel 2:20)
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Nahum Lesson 1: “God Is”
Motivation: Nahum preached about 150 years after Jonah’s revival saved Nineveh. This Assyrian powerhouse had overrun Israel and now threatened to destroy Judah. Through Nahum, God delivered a message of comfort and hope to Judah concerning the punishment and fate of Nineveh.