The Lord God Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, the Holy One of Israel, rejoices over the remnant. After he has mentioned several things which it does not mean, he mentions some that it may mean, and then, last of all, he tells us what it actually does mean. evening wolves--which are most ravenous at evening after being foodless all day ( Jeremiah 5:6 , Habakkuk 1:8 ). In that day, in context the day when Messiah returns to turn an upside down world, right side up! He takes great delight in you; he renews you by his love; he shouts for joy over you. But all this is but a shadow of the future conversion of the Gentiles which shall result from Jehovah dwelling in Jerusalem (Ps 102:15, 16; Php 2:10, 11). God has said certain things about Himself, and these furnish all the grounds we require. And so in the prior passage the prophet exhorts them "Do not be afraid, O Zion; Do not let your hands fall limp." And in the Son of His love your weary, jaded, trembling spirit may find full and eternal repose. The Lord thy God is in thee; the Mighty One shall save thee: he shall bring joy upon thee, and shall refresh thee with his love; and he shall rejoice over thee with delight as in a day of feasting. Conceive, if it is possible, what must be the holy delight of God's heart in lavishing its affection upon His people; what must be the joy of Christ when He comes and manifests Himself to His saints as He does not unto the world.
You will scarcely believe it for joy, but the testimony of your own eyes shall convince you of the delightful reality (cp Lk 24:41)." How forcibly does it remind us of the solemn words of Jesus, "Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." This is My inheritance that I will live upon forever, even the glory which I have bestowed on redeemed sinners." Yahweh your God [is] in your midst; a mighty warrior who saves. 7. The reproach of exile - The fact that the Jews were cast out of their "promised land" was a source of scorn, contempt, disapproval, disgrace. (cf Ezekiel 36:27-note which explains that they will then have a "new power," the indwelling Holy Spirit Who gives the desire and the power to obey the Law on their heart - cp Php 2:13-note). (Ezekiel 48:35).
He comes down like the silent dew, or the gentle shower. “He will be quiet in his love” is another way to translate our text. If victory makes the soldier’s return joyous, how joyous must have been the return of that conquering Hero who has led captivity captive, and received gifts for men! God’s covenant blessings come to His people only when they obey His covenant conditions. For what is God's love? Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. Exploring the Meaning of Zephaniah 3 By Joe David . No wonder Paul prayed for the Ephesians to somehow begin to comprehend such incomprehensible love, asking the Father ... would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. When hoary time shall pass away, (MacArthur Study Bible). My worshipers: Born again Jews and Gentiles, Comment: The truth of God’s offer of redemption to both Jews and Gentiles is seen in a number of other Old Testament passages (Isaiah 2:2–4-note; Micah 4:1–4-note; Isaiah 11:9-note; Isaiah 19:23–25; 49:5–6). He exults over you with loud singing. Witness (Lxx = marturion/martyrion - see martureo) - This is a description of Jehovah testifying or taking the witness stand (so to speak) against His enemies, a concept of which is common in the Old Testament (Mic 1:2; Mal 3:5; Jer 29:23).
And when we read Zeph 3:17, we know that it refers not only to all believing Jews but also to all Gentiles who have become heirs of the promise through faith in Christ, the seed of Abraham. The context helps us, explaining that it will be a day when Jehovah gathers nations and assembles kingdoms and that this would involve the entire earth. A Sermon His joy is in self-impartation; His delights are in the sons of men: ‘As the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.’ His gladness is in His children when they let Him love them, and do not throw back His love on itself.
While we cannot be definitive, in the context it could be those who seek righteousness and humility in Zeph 2:1-3. See more. I know, too, that he has great wisdom: he knows all things in the ages past, in the time present, and in the centuries yet to come. The thought of a glad God might be a very awful thought; such an insight as this prophet had gives a blessed meaning to it.
The Lord your God is among you, a warrior who saves. As John Piper reminds us "even though the amazing promises of this section relate most directly to the converted and restored people of Israel (Zeph 3:10 Ed: "dispersed one" - see notes below), nevertheless it is a necessary implication of the prophecy that the blessings promised flow out beyond the bounds of Israel and include us who through faith in Christ become Abraham's seed and heirs of the promise (Galatians 3:29). CALVIN erroneously makes this verse an address to the ungodly; and so MAURER, "Ye shall not have to wait for Me in vain"; I will presently come armed with indignation: I will no longer contend with you by My prophets. If you exalt your own name among men, truly you have your reward on the earth. A Hebrew prophet of the seventh century bc. 1. The LORD has taken away - Indeed, no one else could have accomplished this task but their Messiah! God does not want to give you a piece of His mind. This is clearly at the Second Coming of Jesus. Come to Me, I’ll give thee rest. Zephaniah 3:17. Love fetched him from his throne in heaven; love disrobed him of his glories; love laid him in Bethlehem’s manger; love led him through this weary world for three-and-thirty years; love took him to Gethsemane; love oppressed him till he sweat great drops of blood; love made him the great Standard-bearer in the fight; love made him stand erect, the focus of the war, when the storm gathered round his brow, and every arrow of the foeman found a target in his heart; love made him—, Calm ’mid the bewildering cry, It shall forevermore endure— He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing. Or rather, as a warrior leading Israel to certain victory, which is expressed by "the prey," or booty, which is the reward of victory. How does the joy that God has in his own name apply to me? Jehovah thy God is in the midst of thee, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love; he will joy over thee with singing. He saves from sin. Bank your hope on the righteousness of Christ and not your own. He is well pleased in Jesus—well pleased with all the glorious purposes which are connected with his dear Son, and with those who are in him.