Everyone Accountable Zeph. 1:1-11 HCSB March 08, 2015

 

Introduction 

People usually want to know who caused the situation or who is to blame. The answer comes Everyone

Accountable meaning all are guilty. Perhaps some are guilty because of what they did while some were guilty because they did not do anything to call the people back to God and His commandments. It is a sad day.

 

1.    Everyone Accountable as . . Days of Judgment Encompasses Everyone. 1:1-3

       A.   Days of Judgment are Prophesied in the Lord’s . . Declaration. 1:1-2

       1 The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, son of Gedaliah, son of Amariah, son of

       Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah.

       2 I will completely sweep away everything from the face of the earth—this is the Lord's declaration.


       B.   Days of Judgment are Prophesied In . . Detail. 1:3

       3 I will sweep away man and animal; I will sweep away the birds of the sky and the fish of the sea, and the

       ruins along with the wicked. I will cut off mankind from the face of the earth—the Lord's declaration.


       There is a declaration of this judgment from the Lord that was coming upon the people of disobedience. Back then and even today people generally don’t pay much attention to promised judgment. Many have a thought that they will repent before the judgement comes or before they die and face it. Some even doubt or refuse the idea of a judgment. But the Lord gives some detail about the days of judgment and it is very destructive and quite thorough. We who are Christians will be judged related to rewards concerning the works we did. In the text, and today, loyalty and faithfulness to our Lord is very important. Not enough of God’s people have demonstrated their love for and faithfulness to our Lord.

 

2.    Everyone Accountable and the . . Danger of Spiritual Compromise. 1:4-6

       A.   The Danger of Spiritual Compromise Caused by . . Pledging Loyalty to Pagan gods. 1:4-5

       4 I will stretch out My hand against Judah and against all the residents of Jerusalem. I will cut off from this

       place every vestige of Baal, the names of the pagan priests along with the priests;

       5 those who bow in worship on the rooftops to the heavenly host; those who bow and pledge loyalty to the

       Lord but also pledge loyalty to Milcom;

 

       B.   The Danger of Spiritual Compromise Caused by . . Parting from the Lord. 1:6

       6 and those who turn back from following the Lord, who do not seek the Lord or inquire of Him.


       What makes a people think one can pledge loyalty to the Lord and another so called god? Yet at times too many of us have pledged loyalty to the Lord and then slipped into service to self and our pleasures. The people in the text actually bowed on their rooftops to pledge loyalty to the Lord and then at another time pledge to another god. What kind of loyalty is that? It should not even be called loyalty. The promised judgment is the result of such a type of faithfulness. This is just out and out parting from the Lord and no one likes that kind of faithfulness. The text says these people did not seek the Lord or inquire of Him. We need to ask ourselves how much inquiring do we give to the Lord. There is danger in spiritual compromise!

 

3.    Everyone Accountable And a . . Day of Reckoning is Coming. 1:7-11 

       A.   A Day of Reckoning When the Lord has . . Prepared a Sacrifice. 1:7-8

       7 Be silent in the presence of the Lord God, for the Day of the Lord is near. Indeed, the Lord has

       prepared a sacrifice; He has consecrated His guests.

       8 On the day of the Lord's sacrifice I will punish the officials, the king's sons, and all who are dressed

       in foreign clothing.

 

       B.   A Day of Reckoning When the Lord Will . . Punish Those of Violence and Deceit. 1:9-11

       9 On that day I will punish all who skip over the threshold, who fill their master's house with violence

       and deceit. 

       10 On that day—the Lord's declaration—there will be an outcry from the Fish Gate, a wailing from the

       Second District, and a loud crashing from the hills.

       11 Wail, you residents of the Hollow, for all the merchants will be silenced; all those loaded with silver

       will be cut off. (HCSB.)

 

       The sacrifice the Lord is preparing is for the unfaithful of Judah. The Lord evidently has come to a place where His patience has reached His boundary. God is a gracious God but mankind can go to a place where His grace comes to its limit and does not go beyond. In the past it happened with the great flood and a similar experience is promised to come upon the disobedient. Judgement begins in their master’s house as it is full of violence and deceit. Those who made money and profited from their corruption will wail at the Lord’s punishment. It would be a sad thing for the kings to see their children suffer because they followed the example they gave. As we ask who is to blame His answer comes Everyone Accountable. Amen? Amen!