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Purity and Joy in the Day of the Lord

Sun, Dec 12, 2021
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“Therefore wait for me,” declares the Lord, “for the day when I rise up to seize the prey. For my decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them my indignation, all my burning anger; for in the fire of my jealousy all the earth shall be consumed. “For at that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure speech, that all of them may call upon the name of the Lord and serve him with one accord. From beyond the rivers of Cush my worshipers, the daughter of my dispersed ones, shall bring my offering. - Zephaniah 3:8-10 (ESV) The consistent pattern of the all-powerful, holy, and righteous God is that he comes to save and to judge, neither of which can be separated. The times of his coming are often called by the prophets "the day of the Lord." Zephaniah the prophet tells us of the coming advents (arrivals) of God, but specifically in Zephaniah, part of God's saving is to purify his people who are scattered among the nations in division and spiritual exile. He is preparing people who are ready for the Messiah's earthly reign. The Lord is near, Paul tells us. He will cleanse, just as he is clean. As the dross is removed, all that is left is a people who long for God, who worship him in joy and splendor and unity because judgment against them has been removed. And remarkably, the righteous God takes pleasure and joy in his people who were once unholy and separate from him. I invite you to read Zephaniah chapter 3 in preparation for Sunday morning at 10am (in person or online) as we consider the arrivals of our Messiah and how God wishes to stir our hearts and minds to anticipation and acceptance of what God has and will accomplish in Christ.
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