January 28, 2011
LORD willing, this Sunday morning, I will preach from the Old Testament book of Zephaniah. Please be in prayer for me and for our services.
Zephania was a pre-exhile prophet of Judah who wrote between 640-620 B.C. Like the other minor prophets, he warned Judah of great judgment for their failure to repent of various sins.
And then, in the closing chapter (3), we have the privilege to see a wonderful prophesy the future Millenial Kingdom of Christ -- Christ's 1,000-year reign on earth.
Permit me to encourage you to read this short book as soon as possible. You'll want to be armed with an undertanding of these eight words or phrases that may be unfamiliar:
chemarims (1:4) - literally refers to burning or blackening. In context, seems to refer to pagan ministers
malcham (1:5) - Another form of Milcom and Moloch, the idol of Moab and Ammon (Faussets Bible Dictionary)
fish gate (1:10) - location of a fish market at a gated entry to Jerusalem. Always mentioned in the context of sin (e.g. working in the market on the Sabbath)
maktesh (1:11) - literally motar. Possibly a reference to the hollowed-out shape of the area. Appears to refer to the northern part of Jerusalem where foreign merchants congregated.
cormorant (2:14) - an unclean bird. Perhaps a pelican. A voracious, but silent bird.
bittern (2:14) - A nocturnal member of the heron family, frequenting swamps and marshy places. Its Hebrew name means a creature of waste and desert places. Known for its loud cry. (ISBE Bible Dictionary)
lintels (2:14) - home -- or, can refer specifically the head-piece of a door, which the Israelites were commanded to mark with the blood of the paschal lamb.
suppliants (3:10) - humble petitioners
Also note this interesting bit of trivia: Zephaniah 3:8 is unique in that, in the original Hebrew, this single verse uses all of the Hebrew consonants!