Archive for May 5th, 2017

Malachi 1

Malachi 1 has the prophet gearing up to dump God’s correction on His people.  But before he does, he reminds them that God truly loves them.  “I have loved you, says the Lord”.  Before God corrects His people, He assures them of His love. This lays a foundation for their obedience, because if they love Him, they will keep His commandments.  Obedience is definitely a sign that we love and are true followers of God.  If we insist on our own ways and doing our own things, we will never truly walk with Him.

Guzik lays out the story of Malachi.  His prophecy is built around seven questions the people asked God. These questions revealed their doubting, discouraged, sinful heart.

  1. In what way have You loved us? (Malachi 1:2)
  2. In what way have we despised Your name? (Malachi 1:6)
  3. In what way have we polluted You? (Malachi 1:7)
  4. In what way have we wearied Him? (Malachi 2:17)
  5. In what way shall we return? (Malachi 3:7)
  6. In what way have we robbed You? (Malachi 3:8)
  7. In what way have we spoken against You? (Malachi 3:13)

And God answers them all.

God asks Israel to find assurance in His election. He wants them to understand that they are chosen and remain His chosen and favored people. But there is an issue with God – how they have followed.  “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am  a master, where is my fear”?  The people were talking out of both sides of their mouth. They expect God to treat them as His own, but they refuse to honor and obey Him as they lived.  It was how they despised and defiled Him.

Here is the reality of God then, and our God now.  “For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts”.  God alone is worthy of our praise.  He has set Himself apart from everything else and He alone will be glorified and praised.  It won’t just be His people that figure that out.  God will make His name great to all people in all lands.

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