The book of Zephaniah has so far been a lot of bad news of judgement and destruction. It all sounds very ominous and foreboding. But in the final chapter there is an unexpected turn of good news. And it’s not only good news for the people of Judah, but also for us.
In Zephaniah 2, God’s judgement extends from Jerusalem to the rest of the world. The nations are denounced one by one for their pride, and it seems as if the whole world would be consumed by the fire of God’s jealous anger. But sprinkled throughout these verses are hints that there will be a remnant who will survive.
Zephaniah warns God’s people that the Day of the LORD is near – a day when God will judge them for their sin and idolatry. Chapter 1 contains a bleak and terrifying message, and yet there is a silver lining. Zephaniah’s purpose is not to lead them to despair but to repentance. There is still a chance to change their ways before it’s too late.