The book of Zephaniah explained with illustrations
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This video explores the main ideas and flow of thought of the book of Zephaniah.

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Tim Mackie is a Pastor of Door of Hope church and a Professor at Western Seminary –


39 thoughts on “Read Scripture: Zephaniah

  1. I’ve been trying to contact you guys at the bible project through email but my emails wont go through
    Is there any other way i can contact you guys

  2. why does it seem that God literally spoke to people in the Bible?….it seems like direct speaking to them like when people directly speaks to one another…if anybody understands this please state it…thanks

    • The beginning of the book of Hebrews touches on this subject.
      Hebrews 1:1-2
      “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.”

      God did speak directly to the prophets of the Old Testament and on occasion to others (King Solomon, for example). Primarily, through, Israel and her Kings heard God’s Word through the laws of Moses and from the words of the prophets. Now though, in these last days of history (between the Messiah’s first and second coming) we have Jesus’s Word as the way God has chosen to speak to his people. Between Jesus’s Words and teachings in the Gospels and the New Testament and “The Spirit himself [who] bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Rom. 8:16) we have been given much more than previous generations of God’s people.

    • It is the pride that leads you away from humility before the Lord that is sin (the atheist does this by saying, in effect, ‘I do not need God because I am my own master’). The situation you describe is rather unlikely to result in God-burying pride like that, and you definitely should celebrate straight A’s! Additionally, giving thanks to the Lord for such a gifted child helps to keep you within a spirit of humility, the opposite of pride.

    • Erin McLellan : This is a seriously difficult question and so as always in times like this we must look to the Lord as our example. In the book of Matthew when Jesus is Baptised my John, a dove descends and lands on Jesus then a voice from the heavens proclaims “This is my Son in whom I am well pleased”. In the one place where the Lord had the opportunity to express His pride in His Son’s work, He instead chooses the word “pleasure”. Pleasure can be shared, anyone can enjoy a pleasure but not pride. Pride is personal and a reflection of the self. And so it says something about the Lord that He did not have Pride but shared His pleasure with us.

  3. can you guys do the books that were in the original bible that were taken out after Luther. like Maccabees and others like then? they are just as much part of the history as these are.

  4. After reading Zephaniah I thought “there’s no way they could avoid admitting that God says he’ll kill people”. But nope, they did it again. This screening out of divine violence is the only major complaint I have about the Bible Project.

    • James Dawes
      Yeah. I enjoy the Bible Project and what they do. However, they’re not perfect. They certainly serve their purpose and complete their goals, but they don’t mention everything and stay away from stuff that might push people away from Christianity right away. They’re good, but far from perfect.

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