A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness… Zeph. 1:15 (ESV)
YOU’D THINK that prophets of Yahweh during the reign of good king Josiah would have been a little more upbeat. Not so much.
Zephaniah’s prophecy of the Day of YHWH (Day of the Lord), when the wrath of God against the apostate kingdom of Judah is echoed by Jeremiah, as they warned of a day when He will pour out His wrath on an unbelieving world.
THE REBELLION of Absalom has been quashed but a new one rises up in its place: As David returns to Jerusalem accompanied by members of his tribe, the Judahites, the northern tribes arrive along the way and confront the men of Judah. This leads to the short-lived rebellion of Sheba the son of Bichri, which highlights the ongoing tension between Judah and the northern tribes and foreshadows the eventual division of the kingdom in the days of Rehoboam the son of Solomon.
THIS WEEK’S Old Testament study is another lesson in how much depth the scriptures contain when we actually look.
We discuss the prophetic implications of Psalms 22-24, the Divine Council references in Psalms 47 and 68, and the setting of the time and place — just after David’s victories over the Jebusites to take Jerusalem and the Philistines at the Valley of Rephaim — in which they were composed.