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Zephaniah 1-3:20

What if find interesting about the entire book of Zephaniah, and Zephaniah himself is this: His prophetic ministry of warning and encouragement to those who would become the remnant took place during the reign of Josiah, the king who initiated worship reform and cleansed the Temple (2 Kings 21-23).

KING JOSIAH sent and gathered to him all the elders of Judah and of Jerusalem. The king went up to the house of the Lord, and with him all the men of Judah, all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests, the prophets, and all the people, both small and great. And he read in their ears all the words of the Book of the Covenant, which was found in the Lord's house. The king stood [on the platform] by the pillar and made a covenant before the Lord--to walk after the Lord and to keep His commandments, His testimonies, and His statutes with all his heart and soul, to confirm the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to join in the covenant. …Moreover, Josiah put away the mediums, the wizards, the teraphim (household gods), the idols, and all the abominations that were seen in Judah and in Jerusalem, that he might establish the words of the law written in the book found by Hilkiah the priest in the house of the Lord. There was no king like him before or after [Josiah] who turned to the Lord with all his heart and all his soul and all his might, according to all the Law of Moses. (2 Kings 23:1-3, 24-24 AMP)

Although Josiah had a heart after and for God, the people he led didn’t. God has always asked us to give Him our hearts. Our behavior and worship can be legislated and taught as to become a habit; however, if what we do does not emanate from a heart of worship, then everything is just going through the motions. It is with our heats that we either praise God or curse God.

Right behavior may give us mans accolades a praises; right behavior may elevate us in the eyes of our fellow church members; however, God sees the heart, the true measure of men and women.

Grace and peace,

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.
Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV)

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