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September 16 - Morning

"At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps
and punish those who are compacent, who are
like wine left on its dregs, who think, 'The Lord
will do nothing, either good or bad.' "

- Zephaniah 1:12

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Remove the Wine from the Dregs    

We know that Zephaniah prophesied at the same time as Jeremiah, and after 623 (when the book of the Law was discovered in the Temple) because Zephaniah quotes from this book of the Law, or Deuteronomy, four times (1:13, 15, 17; 2:2).

“Search” refers to a diligent, detailed search that involves looking in every corner and sifting
through things. Zephaniah is predicting the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem in 586 BC, but
Josephus records a similar thorough “searching” through the underground sewers of Jerusalem
by the Romans in 70 AD in order to kill or capture every Jew.

“Dregs” or “lees” are the refuse or deposits of dead yeast, residual yeast from the fermentation
of wine, or the remnants with the sediment that must be removed to preserve the desirable flavor of the wine.

Zephaniah uses the image of wine that becomes harsh when it is not removed from the dregs.
Wine is supposed to be processed by pouring it back and forth to separate the wine from the
dregs. If this doesn't happen, a crusty layer forms on the wine while it ferments too long and the wine's flavor becomes bitter and harsh. The wine must be removed from the dregs so that its
flavor is not ruined.

The men of Judah had become complacent since they had not separated themselves from the evil
or the corruption of their culture. So, the bitter, harsh flavor of worldliness had ruined the flavor of
their lives. The image of “wine left on its dregs” represents the complacent attitude toward God
and a calloused heart towards God’s Spirit.

One of the areas in which their complacency had allowed them to error was their judgment of God’s activity in their communities. They assumed that since they were not instantly punished when
they lived in sin and rebellion (or, stayed mixed with the dregs) that the Lord was not going to
do anything. Since they were complacent, they figured God would also be complacent. But, God promises he will be taking swift action against them.

Jeremiah uses the image of wine left with its dregs in Jeremiah 48:11,

“Moab has been at rest from youth, like wine left on its dregs, not poured from one jar to another – she has not gone into exile. So she tastes as she did and here aroma is unchanged. But days are coming, when I will send me who pour from jars, and they will pour her out; they will empty her jars and smash her jugs.”

  Christian Quote from Church History
"Fallen man is not simply
an imperfect creature who needs improvement: he
is a rebel who must
lay down his arms."
– C.S. Lewis

Something to Ponder??
No Christian or Jew accepted the Apocrypha until
Augustine embraced it around 400 AD and allowed
it to influence his doctrine.
It was not canonized by
the Catholic Church as Scripture until April 8, 1546
at the Council of Trent.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Shiqquts (Hb) - Abomination (Eng) - shiqquts describes detestable and vile acts,
objects, or images. The root word for shiqquts is shqts meaning "blemish" or "impurity."
is word was used to describe the idolatrous practices of the pagans,
as well as the horrible things God’s rebellious people would do. False gods
such as Ashtoreth (Phonecians), Molech (Ammonites) and Chemosh (Moabites)
were all identified as shiqquts because they were blemished, impure deities
used to imitate the pure and holy True God. Daniel spoke of the
"abomination of desolation" and Jesus referred to Daniel's reference by calling it
"the abomination that causes desolation." (Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11; Matthew 24:15)
  The 1,770 foot tunnel dug during Hezekiah’s administration still flows with water and an inscription describing the digging of the tunnel has been found in agreement with
2 Kings 20:20.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I think that God is inactive in my world? Is this attitude making me complacent?
Today I will try to find evidence the God is still active in the world today as
the judge, the savior and the ever attentive Creator.

  "The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their ways preserve their lives."
- Proverbs 16:17
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Rocks on the shore of the Dead Sea covered with salt residue.
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Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
  The lands ruled by King Herod the Great and how they were divided up after his death. (click on image for larger size)
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