- Read through the chapter in different translations.
- Read through the chapter in your preferred translation several times.
- Highlight the phrase where “day” is used.
- How many times do you see the LORD’s name (YHWH)?
- Mark the places.
- When you see quotes in chapter one, who is speaking?
- List all the “I wills” of God.
- What is the Hebrew idiom behind the translation, “settled in complacency”?
- What attributes of God do you see displayed?
- What does the name “Zephaniah” mean?
- What are “idolatrous priests”?
- What does it mean “worship the host of heaven on housetops”?
- What is “Milcom”?
- What does it mean that “the LORD has prepared a sacrifice; He has invited His guests.”
- What does it mean to “leap over the threshold”?
- Where is the Fish Gate? The Second Quarter? How about Maktesh?
- What is the great day of the LORD?
- What are the main points of chapter 1?
- What is the main theme of the chapter?
- Rather than believe Deism, how do you know that God is personal and active in our affairs?
- How might our culture be mixing faith in God with pagan idolatry?
- Do we have any excuses for when God’s judgment strikes?
- Are you fearful of the Day of the LORD? If you are in Christ, should you be afraid?
- God shakes up complacency. In what ways does He do that in your life?
- In what areas of our lives, do we need the Lord to purge us from complacency?
- How do people try to safeguard themselves from disaster? What is the best safeguard?
- How has God displayed His jealousy in your life?