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August 11, 2015



And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil. their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.





The Lord would carefully search among the residents of Jerusalem then, as one searches by using a lamp. He would punish the people whose love for Him had stagnated, like wine left undisturbed too long, and who concluded indifferently that He was complacent and would not act . Their complacency led them to believe that He was similarly complacent. The treasures of the Jerusalemites, and all the Judeans, would “become plunder” for the enemy, and “their houses” would become vacant if not destroyed. They would “build houses” but “not” be able to live in them because the Babylonian invasion would come quickly. They would “plant vineyards”—but “not” be able to “drink their wine for the same reason. “Rather than condemning the use of alcohol, as the passage could be understood, Zephaniah condemns apathy.

God promised to come and search His city and people as with a lamp (or a candle) and reveal all that was going on there. But these men were so spiritually blind that they didn’t see their destruction coming. Even though God warned them over and over again, they didn’t believe that it would happen. But eventually the day came and God sent an army to destroy them. Such a tragic cost in human life and property could have been avoided if they would have given heed to God’s numerous warnings.

God’s word and the history of His people teach us that all evil men will be found out and punished. Many of them may ignore the presence of God, but God does not overlook a single one of them for sin cannot go unpunished. Not then, and not now. So examine your own heart and conduct. Realize the light of God searches both your actions and your conscience.

Rather than be complacent, and let your sins stack up, continually have the attitude of David: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way.” You know that God will examine everything concerning our lives anyway, so invite Him in to cleanse and perfect it, rather than just waiting until He comes to punish and give retribution for the sin that we’ve all committed.


Memory Verse: Ephesians 5:6

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