Thursday, October 15, 2009

As I was reading I came across this passage in Zephaniah:
"Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
The Lord has taken away the judgements against you;
He has cleared away your enemies.
The Kind of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
you shall never again fear evil.
On that day it shall be said to Jesusalmem:
"Fear not, O Zion;
Let not your hands grow weak.
The Lord Your God is in your midst,
a mighty One who will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness:
He will quiet you by His love;
He will exult over you with loud singing."
Zephaniah 3:14-17
Is this not a beautiful passage? It is filled so many beautiful truths from Scripture. Even if you believe that this passage is intended specifically for the nation of Israel, I believe it's principles can be found in the rest of Scripture:

"The Lord has taken away the judgments against you; He has cleared away your enemies"

"Since therefore, we have now been justified by His blood, much more shall we be saved from the wrath of God." Romans 5:9

"There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of Life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.

"You shall never again fear evil"

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me" Psalm 23:4

" 'O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting' The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

"But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one." 2 Thessalonians 3:3

"For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace." Romans 6:14

And my favorite:
"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died --- more than that, who wa raised--who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of God? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written: 'For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.' No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

"The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty One who will save."
"Who is this King of Glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle." Psalm 24:8

"She will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

"Consequently, He is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them." Hebrews 7:25

"He will quiet you by His love...."
"He brought me to the banqueting house, and His banner over me was love." Sg. of Solomon 2:4

"I have loved you with an everlasting love..." Jerimiah 31:3

"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ--by grace you have been saved." Ephesians 2:4

At this moment, I am in awe of God's great mercy to me. Even though I deserved judgement, because of His great mercy He has taken away those judgements. Not only that, He has also poured out His love upon me and even "exults over me with loud singing!" "Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord." I hope you were blessed even half as much as I was.

In Christ

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