The residents of Jerusalem during King Josiah’s reign (640-609 BC) experienced a revival that came with a rediscovery of God’s previously ignored and misplaced Word. Zephaniah, a prophet, warned that enjoying the memory of a revival is not the same as living in response to God.
The problem? The people of his day were ready to include Yahweh in their pantheon of gods but it was just a matter of covering all their options rather than a heartfelt devotion. They would “bow down and swear to the LORD and yet swear by [the Chaldean god] Milcom, [as] those who have turned back from following the LORD, who do not seek the LORD or inquire of him” [Zephaniah 1:5-6].
This is my week to offer the Cor Deo posting (introduced here). For the rest of the entry please go here.