Rev. Ryan Ogrodowicz, associate pastor and headmaster at Grace Lutheran Church in Brenham, TX, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Zephaniah 3:14-20.
Zephaniah preaches to Judah during a time in which reform among the people of God is needed. His book is filled with strong Law against the wickedness of God’s people. However, Zephaniah terrifies his hearers with the Law in order to comfort them with the Gospel found in today’s text. The silence that was commanded at the preaching of the Law in the first chapter is now replaced with the songs of joy in the salvation the Lord has given. He has declared them righteous for the sake of His Son, Jesus, the One who comes in their midst in the flesh. He takes away His people’s fears as He rejoices to save them; in the presence of His love, there is a peaceful wonder. He promises restoration for His people tossed to and fro by the world, a promise that will be fully realized when Jesus comes again in glory and raises our bodies to eternal life.
“Advent with the Prophets” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the Old Testament readings appointed for the season of Advent. This holy season of repentance focuses our attention on Christ’s coming. As we spend time hearing the words of the prophets, the saints who waited patiently in the years before Christ’s coming in the flesh at Christmas, we too are prepared to receive Christ now in His Word and Sacrament, even as we wait for Him to come again in glory.
Sharper Iron, hosted by Rev. Timothy Appel, looks at the text of Holy Scripture both in its broad context and its narrow detail, all for the sake of proclaiming Christ crucified and risen for sinners. Two pastors engage with God’s Word to sharpen not only their own faith and knowledge, but the faith and knowledge of all who listen.
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Israel’s Joy and Restoration
14 Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion;
shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
O daughter of Jerusalem!
15 The Lord has taken away the judgments against you;
he has cleared away your enemies.
The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
you shall never again fear evil.
16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
“Fear not, O Zion;
let not your hands grow weak.
17 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.
18 I will gather those of you who mourn for the festival,
so that you will no longer suffer reproach.[a]
19 Behold, at that time I will deal
with all your oppressors.
And I will save the lame
and gather the outcast,
and I will change their shame into praise
and renown in all the earth.
20 At that time I will bring you in,
at the time when I gather you together;
for I will make you renowned and praised
among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes
before your eyes,” says the Lord.
- Zephaniah 3:18 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
English Standard Version (ESV)
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