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Humility      Zephaniah 1:12-15; 2:1-3; 3:11-12      July 01, 2007

The prophet Zephaniah grew up, so to speak, with a silver spoon in his mouth, as his great, great grandfather Hezekiah reigned as King. We call King Hezekiah, "good King Hezekiah," and his goodness, in this case, affected his offspring for several generations. Zephaniah's preaching helped to prepare the people for the great revival a few years later during the time of King Josiah. One commentary says, this book contains three chapters, and 53 verses, in these verses we find 45 verses of prophecy, and 14 commands. In Zephaniah's preaching he displayed, and recommended the quality of humility.

1. Humility In Trusting The . . Plan Of God. 1:12-15

    A. The . . Timing In The Plan Of God. 1:12-13 
        12 And at that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish the men who settle down comfortably, who say to themselves: The Lord will not do good or
         evil. 13 Their wealth will become plunder and their houses a ruin. They will build houses but never live [in them], plant vineyards but never drink their wine.

     B. The . . Trouble In The Plan Of God. 1:14-15
        14 The great Day of the Lord is near, near and rapidly approaching. Listen, the Day of the Lord there the warrior's cry is bitter. 15 That day is a day of
wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of destruction and desolation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness,

    The people in this text acted as if God did nothing, and did not plan to do anything. They did not humbly submit to the plan of God, but acted as if they were all wise, and knew exactly how to judge the actions of God, or His seeming inactivity. Have you ever wanted God to do something specific in your life, and it seemed as if nothing happened? God's timing is not the same as ours, and we must humbly submit to His timing. God's plans may include trouble for our enemies, and some of that trouble may even spill over on us. Many times God uses trouble in our lives for His purposes; our attitude needs to demonstrate a respectful and humble submissiveness.

2. Humility In Trusting The . . Proclamation Of God. 2:1-3

    A. The Proclamation Urging A . . Flocking To The Lord. 2:1-2
        1 Gather yourselves together; gather together, undesirable nation, 2 before the decree takes effect and the day passes like chaff, before the burning of the
Lord's anger overtakes you, before the day of the Lord's anger overtakes you.

    B. The Proclamation Urging A . . Following Of The Lord=s Teachings. 2:3
        3 Seek the Lord, all you humble of the earth, who carry out what He commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be concealed on the day of the Lord's anger.

        God led Zephaniah to command the people to gather together. God always desires His flock to assemble together for worship, instruction, and service. God planed for judgment to come upon several nations and any those disobedient children of His flock. The gathering also served to instruct the people to seek righteousness, humility, and follow the teachings of the Lord. I talked to a man today who said, "I am not presently attending any church, but I know I should. On Sunday as I see people making their way to the houses of worship, I know I should be among them; but I haven't started back." God desires the preachers like Zephaniah to warn of the coming judgment, and give the opportunity for repentance.

3. Humility In Trusting The . . Promise Of God. 3:11-12   <>

    A. The Promise Of . . Forgiveness. 3:11a
        11 On that day you will not be put to shame because of everything you have done in rebelling against Me.

     B. The Promise Of . . Firing. 3:11b
        For then I will remove your boastful braggarts from among you, and you will never again be haughty on My holy mountain.

     C. The Promise Of . . Faithfulness. 3:12
        12 I will leave a meek and humble people among you, and they will trust in the name of Yahweh.

        Don't you like to see God's people humbly trusting God? He promises forgiveness to those kinds of people, and at times it flows over to others. At the same time God promised to remove of fire the people who boastfully, and haughtily blasphemed His holy mountain. Who will be left to serve God? The meek and humble and they will demonstrate the kind of people they are by their trust in the Lord. Too few of God's children cause people to stop and take notice of the way they follow the Lord. Without question we need to walk in Humility. Amen? Amen!