Of Jerusalem I thought, ‘Surely you will fear me and accept correction!’ Then her place of refuge would not be destroyed, nor all my punishments come upon her. But they were still eager to act corruptly in all they did.
Therefore wait for me,” declares the Lord, “for the day I will stand up to testify. I have decided to assemble the nations, to gather the kingdoms and to pour out my wrath on them — all my fierce anger. The whole world will be consumed by the fire of my jealous anger. Zephaniah 3:7-8
Jerusalem represents the people not the buildings and streets. Of Jerusalem God thought that they would fear Him and accept His correction.
They were eager, not to repent and turn to the Lord God, but to continue in their sin.
There are sins that are not directly against God, but all sin is against God. All sin is opposed to Him and His character. All sin is an affront to God and no sin goes unnoticed. God does not have a ‘blind eye.’
It’s a good assumption that God’s people, when their sin is pointed out to them, would turn from sin in repentance. Out of fear and love for Him, God’s people accept His correction, right? It was a problem in Zephaniah’s day and in our day too.
People love darkness more than light.
The Good News of Jesus is that our sin can be forgiven and, through Christ, we can be in right standing before God. Because Jesus died the death that our sin requires of us, we can live! Those who place their faith in Jesus are adopted into God’s family. Jesus saves us from the wrath of God that is coming against all sin.
Verse 8 above has yet to happen, I don’t think. There is a Judgment Day coming when all of the nations will gather before God. His fierce anger will be poured out against everything and every sin that is opposed to Him.
Either God’s wrath will be poured out there OR on the cross of Christ for you. So when we are encouraged to ‘be saved!’ This is what we’re talking about. Receive the grace and love found in Jesus.
And as a Redeemed People living in a sinful, messed up world, when the Holy Spirit of God corrects us, let’s be eager to repent! Let’s not be stiff-necked and love that sin over our Savior. Let’s be God’s People, eager to do what is good.
Thank You, Lord, for this salvation. Thank You for loving your child enough to correct and rebuke. That’s Your grace on display! You don’t have to correct Your child, but You do so out of Your great love for me. I worship and love You in return today!