Zephaniah 3: Judgment and Justice
I think that we have a kind of an interesting dichotomy that is set up here in Zephaniah 3. On one hand, we have seen throughout this book that God is going to bring justice. I think we can all agree that justice is a good thing, and it is something that we would like to see in the world.
That is what made one particular verse stand out to me because sometimes I feel like we only want certain types of justice to come out.
Zep 3:5 The just LORD is in the midst thereof; he will not do iniquity: every morning doth he bring his judgment to light, he faileth not; but the unjust knoweth no shame.
This verse comes immediately after describing how Jerusalem is not going to learn. Even after all of this stuff has happened, they are not going to return to God. Therefore, we get this verse about justice and judgment. God is going to be perfectly just every day, and He will not fail. I think we would all be glad about that.
However, every now and then you get a sense that people don’t want justice. They think that God is somehow being unfair or even sinning against them for bringing about consequences that follow the actions they have committed. If you think about the ultimate sense of justice, the wages of sin is death. It is a logical consequence of the action of sin. That is why the verse stood out to me. We’re first assured that God does not sin, but we are similarly assured that God will bring His judgment and justice every day. Judgment from God is not sin on His part whatsoever.
We live in a world that certainly says it wants justice done, but often times it seems to be when justice will benefit us. We want people to be fair to us, but I think we all have times when we try to justify being unfair to other people.
Personally, even though it is not always pleasant to face those consequences, it seems better to have a God who is just than one who is selective.