09: The Day of the Lord – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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“The Lord will be awesome to them, for He will reduce to nothing all the gods of the earth: people shall worship Him, each one from his place, indeed all the shores of the nations.” Zephaniah 2:11 NKJV [Thought questions for The Day of the Lord May 29, 2013] 1. An inclusive belief. From what … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: God’s Answer to Injustice
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Read Nahum 1-3. What verses especially teach us about the character of God? How can we apply what is seen here to our understanding of last-day events? The prophecy of Nahum is God’s Word against the kingdoms of this world as represented by Nineveh. As the prophet looked at his world, he saw the hand of … [Click to read more …]

Giants, Grasshoppers and Reality
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Reality is 90% perception, or so they say. I don’t know who comes up with these statistics, but it makes a lot of sense to me. When I was in sales, I led my district one year, but also went through a three-week drought with no sales at all. So what was my reality? Was … [Click to read more …]

09: The Day of the Lord – Teaching Plan
Michael Fracker

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Key Thought : Zephaniah’s message shows the nearness of a universal judgment including God’s own people, and a promise that the saved from all nations will enjoy God’s blessings.. [Teaching plan for The Day of the Lord May 27, 2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Zephaniah 2:1-3. A. Ask class members to share a short … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: A Corrupt City
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A Chinese proverb says that the darkest spot in the room is located right under the candle. This proverb could be applied to the moral state of Jerusalem in Zephaniah’s time. The prophet just has completed the pronouncement of divine judgments on Judah’s neighboring countries (see Zephaniah 2) such as Philistia in the west, Moab and … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Humble of the Land
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In Zephaniah 2:1-3, we see the prophet’s call to repentance. Even though the destruction is imminent, there is still time to be sheltered from calamity, but only if the nation will repent. The wicked who refuse to repent will be consumed on the day of judgment like chaff. In Psalm 1:4 the wicked are also likened to chaff … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Day of the Lord
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Read for This Week’s Study: Zeph. 1:14-18, Joel 2:1-11, Zeph. 2:1-3, Isa. 11:4, Zeph. 3:1-5, Isa. 62:5, Nahum 1-3. Memory Text: “The Lord will be awesome to them, for He will reduce to nothing all the gods of the earth; people shall worship Him, each one from his place, indeed all the shores of the nations” (Zephaniah 2:11, NKJV). Key Thought: Judgment is coming; but … [Click to read more …]

08: Trusting God’s Goodness – Thought Starters
Joyce Griffith

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“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14 NASB [Thought Questions for Trusting God’s Goodness May 22, 2013] 1. Filled with God’s knowledge. Remember reading a few weeks ago about the time in the future when people will be gnashing … [Click to read more …]