Justification by Faith - The Singing God (Zephaniah)
July 05, 2022
Michael H. McIlwain
Justification by Faith – The Singing God Zephaniah 3:14-17 I. The Lord has taken away His disciplining hand. (v. 15) a. Judgements against God’s people b. Freedom from their enemies. c. his prophecy finds its fulfillment in Jesus. II. The King of Israel is in your midst. (v. 15) a. This glorious promise looks ahead to Jesus, the King of Israel. (John 1:49). b. This promise looks ahead to the incarnate Glory of God in their midst. (Ex. 26; John 1:14 – Jesus tabernacling III. He will rejoice over you with gladness sings over His people(v. 17) a. This magnificent delight is grounded in the character of God who delights in steadfast love (Micah 7:18). b. God is so happy in the love that He bears to His people that He breaks the eternal silence, and sun and moon and stars with astonishment hear God chanting a hymn of joy. – Charles Spurgeon c. Certain people groups have a tradition in which a certain song is sung by the bridegroom when he receives his bride. d. married to His church and rejoices in her so much that he breaks out into loud singing. IV. He will quiet you by His love (v.17) a. God’s love brings rest and refreshment to our weary souls. b. Quiet you can also be translated as is quiet or rests. c. God has been described as the Warrior who is might to save. This former war cry has now been quieted by His victory and the loving relationship God has between Him and His people. d. The purging and transforming work of grace that the Lord has accomplished creates a renewed people who recognize and confess God’s rule. e. The redeemed people of God trust in His name.
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