Judgement Day

Listen to the sermon Joel Russell-MacLean

Learning for Life: 9:30

Worship Service: 11:00 am

Bulletin: November 10

Newsletter: November 2019 Newsletter

Scriptures: Zephaniah 1, Zephaniah 3; Psalm 34; Matthew 25.31-36, 41-43.


Joel Russell-MacLean

On Sunday, we will observe a moment of silence. We set aside time each year to retell the stories of years and youth taken by war. It helps us to appreciate what we have and not take it for granted. It also helps us have compassion on people living through war around our world today.

Zephaniah lived during the last years of stability in Jerusalem, from around 650-600 BC,  and a period of religious reformation under King Josiah (see 2 Kings chpt 22-23). Unfortunately, once again many people were taking their well being for granted, and violence, corruption, and fraud continued. This has been the pattern of human history since the beginning:

“Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence.” Genesis 6.11 

Zephaniah warned Jerusalem that a time of judgement was coming, when God would hold the nation accountable for all the evil that had gone on. Zephaniah however also looked beyond Jerusalem. He saw the same evil and suffering everywhere, just as we do today when turn to the news.

A day is coming when God will set things right.

It is nice to think that everyone will be willing to change by that day, that everyone will admit what they have done wrong, and accept their Creator’s authority over all life. God’s work and patience is meant to give us time to humble ourselves and seek a better way – God’s way.

But a day has been set when God will put a stop to all the corruption and violence whether we are ready for it or not. That day came for Jerusalem long ago, just as it came for Assyrian Empire, and the Babylonians, and countless other empires and cities and just as it will come for us.

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