27. januar 2022

Devotion: "Rejoice and rejoice with all your heart!"

A little about the book of the prophet Zephaniah and its message - the law and the gospel

One of the "little prophets" in the Old Testament is the prophet Zechariah. To me he is no small prophet, but a tool of God that preaches a great and important message. He preaches a whole word of God, both law and gospel in full. And he does not mix the two offices, but has a clear and distinct message and also separates them from each other as it should be done. In chapters one and two, he preaches the punishment of God that awaits the people of Israel because of their apostasy from God and because of their wicked and sinful lives. He describes the day of the Lord as a day of wrath, and encourages it to seek the Lord in deep earnestness. And he does not hide the necessity of repentance - a repentance that the Lord himself should work - a renewal of the heart and mind where the Lord himself through his servant, the King of Israel, should work by his gospel and by his Spirit. God's people should have new, pure hearts, so that they could call on the name of the Lord and serve Him with one mind. The sins were to be completely wiped out, and since the sins were to be blotted out and forgiven, they also did not have to be ashamed of all the deeds with which they had sinned against the Lord. God's people should have humble hearts. They were to become a bowed and lowly people, and they were to take refuge in the name of the Lord.

Through this renewal and sanctification, not only the heart and lips were to be cleansed. And they would no longer do injustice or speak lies. Nor should there be a deceitful tongue in their mouth. Thus the Lord himself should work a renewal of the heart and mind, bearing justification and sanctification.

Text: “Cry aloud, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O Israel! Rejoice and rejoice with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! The Lord hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cleansed thine enemy. The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall see no more evil. In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem, Fear not, Zion! Do not let your hands sink! The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who saves. He rejoices over you with joy, he is silent in his love, he rejoices over you with rejoicing, ”Zeph 3: 14-17.


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