Entrusting Truth

Upcoming Events

Fathers to Sons Workshop

Deuteronomy 6:6-7
6 “These words, which I am commanding you today, ... read more


Posted on March 12, 2009

In the Bible study with my sons John and Brian (Jeff being in OK City can’t come) we just finished Zephaniah.  John shared that he has seen a pattern in the prophets.  There is much smiting in the first of the book – lots of smiting – and then there is a remnant in the end.  We laughed, but he is right.

Zephaniah, indeed all of the prophets, shares the reasons for the smiting.  In Zephaniah 1:12 “It will come about at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And I will punish the men Who are stagnant in spirit, Who say in their hearts, ‘The Lord will not do good or evil!’  (Emphasis added)  Whoa!  The phrase “stagnant in spirit” really gripped me.  For here in the midst of smiting for idolatry, worshiping the host of heaven, folk who do not seek the Lord, and those who fill the temple with violence and deceit, God says he will especially search out those who are “stagnant in spirit” and smite them.  The smiting is hard, read verse 13 for details.

What does it mean to be “stagnant in spirit”?  Zephaniah tells us.  It is having the attitude that the Lord will not do good or evil.  That seems simple on the surface.  As I have thought about this over the past few days.  Some things have unfolded.  This seems to describe the attitude of a lot of the Church.  It is the attitude that it really does not matter what I do, He will not react.  It does not matter if – I am hesitant to give concrete examples here because I risk offending.  That is the crux of the problem is it not.  We have come to the place in the body of Christ that in the name of tolerance or political expedience we look the other way or else define away things that are troublesome in Scripture as perhaps cultural and not applicable in the current time.  Or else we take the position that our situation is unique and that God will in His grace overlook our transgression.  There is always forgiveness.

So we see immorality, abuse, spiraling divorce, dishonesty, back stabbing, grasping for position, politics at its worst, all in the Church.  In fact all that we see in our culture is replicated in our communities.  How does a community that is no different than the culture function as salt and light?  Do we really believe that there is a God in heaven that rules and there are consequences for rebellion against that rule?  Or like those in Zephaniah’s day have we come to believe that He will not act; He will not do good or evil; He will accept us because of the price He paid and that really does not have any effect on the way we live?

That scares me.

vertrauenswürdige replica uhren trustworthy replica watches orologi replica affidabili

Category: Spiritual Life

Click here to read more

  Blog Categories
  • All
  • General
  • Bible Study
  • Spiritual Life

  •   Blog Search
      Any Words
    All Words
    Exact Phrase

      June 2021  
      S M T W T F S

    1 2 3 4 5
      6 7 8 9 10 11 12
      13 14 15 16 17 18 19
      20 21 22 23 24 25 26
      27 28 29 30

      Archive By Month
      November 2012
      July 2011
      May 2011
      March 2011
      January 2011
      August 2010
      April 2010
      January 2010
      October 2009
      May 2009
      April 2009
      March 2009
      February 2009
      January 2009
      December 2008
      November 2008
      October 2008

    Email Newsletter Signup

    Sign up for our eNewsletter to receive the latest news about upcoming events!

    Submit replica watches uk
    malta dil okulu Ankara Tercume Burosu yeminli tercuman
    orologi replica
    replica rolex fake watches replica watches uk fake Rolex watches