The Day of the LORD – A Call to Repentance

The Day of the LORD

The Day of the LORD

“Seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice.  Seek righteousness, seek humility.  It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the LORD’S  anger.” Zephaniah 2:3

The “Day of the LORD” encompasses many prophecies  and you can be sure that our God, who made the heavens and the earth and the spirit of man will  bring these things to pass: (Here are just  some of the prophecies from Zechariah 13 and 14)

In that day…He will:

* Make Jerusalem a very heavy stone to everyone gathered against it.

* Strike the invading horses with blindness and confusion, and the invading riders with madness.

* Defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem…the most feeble will be like David.

* Bring a great mourning and repentance on the remnant of God’s people.

* Cut off idols in the land.

*Plant His feet on the Mt. of Olives.

*Make living waters flow from Jerusalem.

*Make everything in Jerusalem “Holy to the LORD”.

Two of the most beautiful promises are found in Zephaniah: (1)  In that day  you shall not be shamed for any of your deeds in which you transgress against Me…and you will no longer be haughty in My holy mountain.  I will leave in your midst a meek and humble people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD. (3:11-12)      (2)  In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: Do not fear; Zion, let not your hands be weak.  The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

The Day of the LORD is coming.  For it is at hand.  Even though it is great and very terrible…the LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness…to those who turn to Him with all their hearts we have these interesting words from Joel 2:14 “…Who knows if He will turn and relent…” like He did with Nineveh when they turned to Him .  The King sent  this decree on behalf of himself and his administration,”Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything; do not let them eat, or drink water.  But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily to God; yes, let every one turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands.  Who can tell if God will turn and relent, and turn away from His fierce anger, so that we may not perish?”  Then God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God relented from the disaster that He said He would bring upon them, and He did not do it.” Jonah 3: 7-10.

Do we  often stop to meditate on what  loving God with all of our hearts, all of our souls and all of our strength looks like?   With the help of the Holy Spirit, let us renew our commitment to teaching our kids the ways of righteousness.  Let us remember to pray for the parents to not be lax like Eli, who did not teach his boys to walk in obedience.  We must warn our kids that they will not pick up good habits from their culture.  I would encourage you to be the best examples of God’s ambassadors.   For materials to illustrate this verse I used purple, black and yellow tissue paper applied with thinned white school glue and brush.  Verse written with gold gel pen.

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