November 9

Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18

“Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the Lord’s wrath; in the fire of his passion the whole earth shall be consumed; for a full, a terrible end he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.” vs. 18

Prophets like Zephaniah had harsh words for the people of Israel and Judah. They were careful observers and it was obvious to them that the nation had strayed from the way of the Lord and that very soon there would be a day of reckoning. They used the scariest imagery possible, hoping that just maybe the people would turn from greed and exploitation and begin living as the Lord desired. We now live many centuries later and wonder what to make of such writings. The literalists among us are likely to discount the warning–since the catastrophe didn’t happen then, it’s not likely to happen now. Such thinking misses the point! No language about the future can be taken literally–but that doesn’t mean the texts should be disregarded. In every age it’s possible for keen observers of the present to get a sense of what is coming, and those prophets should be listened to! We live in a time when greed still runs rampant–the poor are still the victims. And on our horizons there are signs of global disaster–and all the money in the world won’t save us until we change our ways. Is there hope? In Christ all things are possible–even repentance!

Thought for the Day: How can the world be fixed?

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