Book Overviews · Zephaniah

Zephaniah Overview

It is hard sometimes to see the overall theme in the Prophecy books.  The Key is to look at God’s character, not the people.  Amos, Obadiah and Nahum were all about God’s judgment; Isaiah was about God’s Salvation, Jonah about God’s Love, and now Zephaniah is about God’s Restoration.  “The great day of the Lord is near” v 1:14 .

Zephaniah:  the first verse is:

The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, during the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah:

So what do we know…if he was the great great grandson of Hezekiah he has seen Jerusalem at it’s best…fall to it’s worst and then again at it’s best with Josiah.

So Zephaniah speaks from experience and will bring a strong message to the people.  He prophesied in the days of King Josiah, born probably while Manasseh was king, I remember he was a BAD king because I use the middle 3 letters in his name as a reminder..

So the little we do know about Zephaniah was that he was royalty, a prince most likely, in the line of Judah.  Fifty years has elapsed since the prophecy of Nahum, and three descendants have taken the throne since Hezekiah, all wicked and idol worshiping.  Social injustice is at an all time high, the rich are wealthy and the poor are starving.  Idol  worship is practiced by most.

Zephaniah will speak of a Loving God, yet a Strong God.  Zephaniah will also speak of the doom to come to Nineveh that Nahum prophesied.   Moreover,  Zephaniah will speak directly of denouncing idolatry.  Remember back when Josiah  became king and smashed down the alters and idols.

This book will end very different than the way it will begin.  It begins in sorrow but ends in Glory.  Zephaniah will tell:

  • That the faithful remnant will be delivered from captivity
  • That the Gentile nation will be converted (Yay!)
  • That one day everyone will worship the Lord, not just in Jerusalem.

Enjoy the read tomorrow…

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2 Chronicles · 2 Kings

2 Kings 22-23, 2 Chron 34-35

On April 9th we read about the Hebrews asking for a king!  116 days ago!!

The Lord WARNED them that it was not what they needed, they needed God to be their King.  They said no thanks, and God gave them what they asked for to show them they were wrong.  That was in 1046 BC.  500 years has passed and we are about to read the last 5 kings of Judah.

Last 5 Kings of Judah

03 last five kings of juda

Click here if you want to print this one.  But I will post it again this week.


2 Kings 22 “Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years.”  Ok…so you know I need my trusty line graph to prepare myself!  So Manasseh and Amon were his father and grandfather….terrible role models. BUT Josiah comes on the scene at a mere 8 years old so obviously he wasn’t’ old enough to follow in their footsteps.  He shoots straight up to the “revival” section…BUT we can see he is the LAST good king…

It saddens me that since Hezekiah the Temple has to be repaired again after the damage Manasseh and Amon did making alters to foreign gods in it.  Young Josiah puts the task to repair the temple when the Book of the Law was found.  WHAT???  I honestly didn’t realize it was lost.

Who remembers when I used to repeat Deuteronomy 17 over and over…What was a King supposed to do??

The King must:

  1. He must be the one the Lord chooses
  2. He must not multiply his horses for military purposes
  3. He must not acquire many wives
  4. He must make a copy of the Law and have it with him at all times.  He will read it every day.

So imagine finding the Book of the Law (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) and reading ALL that they are not doing according to God’s plan and then realizing that the King should have been reading it everyday.  (Kind of like me finding my dusty Bible in December)

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Entering stage left is a prophetess!  Yaaaasssss!  Huldah.  BUT her message was bittersweet.  Judah will be destroyed, but I will wait till after your death to do it.

Chapter 23- It takes 20 verses to describe how many pagan altars Josiah had to demolish in the Temple area.  The only thing he left from the “yester-year” were the bones of the prophets that disobeyed God’s commands in 1 kings 13.

Josiah makes an atonement for their sins:

2Josiah slaughtered all the priests of those high places on the altars and burned human bones on them. Then he went back to Jerusalem.

This was the same atonement that was made when Moses came down from Mt. Sinai to find the people  worshiping the golden calf!.

Exodus 32:  27 Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Each man strap a sword to his side. Go back and forth through the camp from one end to the other, each killing his brother and friend and neighbor.’” 28 The Levites did as Moses commanded, and that day about three thousand of the people died. 29 Then Moses said, “You have been set apart to the Lord today, for you were against your own sons and brothers, and he has blessed you this day.”

(if this confuses you…let me know).


NOW let’s start putting all the pieced together.  ALL those prophecy books…all the splintered facts we have…they all fit.  Remember I was talking about the world powers in the prophecy books…who can remember them??

Map of Middle East at 3500BC | TimeMaps

Egypt, Assyria, and Babylon.

29 While Josiah was king, Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt went up to the Euphrates River to help the king of Assyria. King Josiah marched out to meet him in battle, but Necho faced him and killed him at Megiddo.

And then finally we read about the next 2 kings…who did evil in the eyes of the Lord…

  • Jehoahaz King of Judah
  • Jehoiakim King of Judah

2 Chron 34-35-  SOoooo I was a little lazy and read only kings before I wrote this and then I listened to 2 Chronicles.  It’s been a while since we read these side by side and I forget that I like the detail from the Chronicler.  Just know when you read it you are reading it from the Priestly view so you will definitely see more of the Temple “workings”.


Thank you for all the encouragement.  I love you guys.-  Patricia Szymanski