"Ah, soiled, defiled, oppressing city! It has listened to no voice; it has accepted no correction. It has not trusted in the LORD; it has not drawn near to God."
Jerusalem: the Holy City. Center of Jewish life. It's about to face a reckoning, says Zephaniah. The date is the mid-to-late 6th Century BC. The people have wandered away from following God wholeheartedly. Payback is coming.
As chapter 3 begins, Zephaniah scolds them for 4 specific faults:
- "It has listened to no voice"... The people have made no attempt to gain wisdom or insight from others...
- "It has accepted no correction"... It's one thing to be scolded, or told of your errors. It's another thing to accept one's punishment and learn from one's actions. Jerusalem has not.
- "It has not trusted in the LORD"... Instead, it has relied on itself and/or others than God for protection & strength.
- "It has not drawn near to God"... No time spent together. No intimacy. No eagerness to be in God's presence.
PRAYER: "Forgive me, LORD. Open my heart & life to the wisdom & correction of others. Help me put my trust in you, ultimately... and give me the desire & discipline to draw near to you regularly. AMEN."