The Sacrifice Prepared, and the Day of Doom

Today my sister and I are going to write on Zephaniah 1:7 and Zephaniah 1:15. Zephaniah 1:7 says:

“7 Be silent before the Sovereign Lord,
for the day of the Lord is near.
The Lord has prepared a sacrifice;
he has consecrated those he has invited.”

What sacrifice could the Lord have prepared? The Israelites had been offering sacrifices since they had been led out of Egypt. What’s so special about this sacrifice? This sacrifice was perfect, this sacrifice wouldn’t just atone for Israel’s sins, He would atone for the sins of the whole world! Jesus, God’s one and only son, became a sacrifice for us.

“2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”

Jesus is our atonement, and He only needed to die once. He is the sacrifice that takes away the sins of the past and the future (and the present)!

Verse 7 also says “He has consecrated those He has invited.” We are the guests, we have been invited and consecrated through Jesus’ death and resurrection! We certainly didn’t deserve to be consecrated, but God (out of His love for us) cleansed us and consecrated us!

Zephaniah 1:15 says:

“That day will be a day of wrath—
a day of distress and anguish,
a day of trouble and ruin,
a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and blackness—”

The Lord is saying here that He would make a day of wrath to punish the people for their sin. He is saying that it would be a horrible day for mankind. There would be distress anguish, trouble ruin, darkness and gloom. This is actually a prophecy for a long time from this passage. This is prophesying about the cross.

At the cross, God poured out His wrath on the sin of mankind. But He didn’t pour His wrath out on us; He poured His wrath out on His perfect son. He crucified Jesus on the cross, so that we could go free. This prophecy was completely fulfilled… there was anguish, wrath, trouble, ruin, gloom, and even darkness, gloom, clouds, and blackness:

“From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land.” (Matthew 27:45)

The blackness of our sin covered Jesus, so that we might be saved. He died in our place. Praise God!

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland and,
Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

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