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“May you and I revere our Lord.” <>< Dona (12/31/20)

Please read Malachi 1 through 4.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Theme Malachi 1

The priests.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the priest were failing to honor You (v. 6).

Something to think about

The priest were not good spiritual examples to the people.  In Malachi’s day, the priest and the people had fallen away from God. They were no longer truly worshipping God and He was displeased with them (v. 10-11).

Something to experience

Just as He says in verse 14 God is a great king and His name is to be feared among the nations.

Scripture to hide in your heart

Malachi 1:6 “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father, then where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is the respect due Me? Says the Lord Almighty to you, priests, who despise My name. You say, ‘How have we despised Your name?’”

Malachi 1:10-11 10 “Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on My altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you,” says the Lord Almighty, “neither will I accept an offering at your hand. 11 For from the rising of the sun even to its going down, My name is great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to My name, and a pure offering: for My name is great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty. 

Malachi 1:14  “But the deceiver is cursed, who has in his flock a male, and vows, and sacrifices to the Lord a defective thing; for I am a great King,” says the Lord Almighty, “and My name is awesome among the nations.”

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Theme Malachi 2

Priests admonished.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the priests were not setting their heart to honor Your name (v. 2).

Something to think about

So the Lord told the priests He would send a curse on them (v. 1-2). They had not followed their ancestor Levi’s example.  The Lord’s covenant with their ancestors was one of life and peace (v. 4-6).  But now the priests were causing many to stumble because they were violating the covenant God made with Levi (v. 7-9). The people were being unfaithful to God too (v. 10-16).  

Something to experience

We believers need to set our heart to honor God’s name.  We need to listen to God’s Word and do what God says for us to do. Just like the Levi’s we should walk with God in peace, uprightness and encourage others to turn from sin (v. 6).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Malachi 2:1-2 1 “Now, you priests, this commandment is for you. If you will not listen, and if you will not take it to heart, to give glory to My name,” says the Lord Almighty, “then I will send the curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have cursed them already, because you do not take it to heart.” 

Malachi 2:4-6 “You will know that I have sent this commandment to you, that My covenant may be with Levi,” says the Lord Almighty. “My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him that he might be reverent toward Me; and he was reverent toward Me, and stood in awe of My name. The law of truth was in his mouth, and unrighteousness was not found in his lips. He walked with Me in peace and uprightness, and turned many away from iniquity.” 

Malachi 2:7-9 “For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth; for he is the messenger of the Lord Almighty. But you have turned away from the path. You have caused many to stumble in the law. You have corrupted the covenant of Levi,” says the Lord Almighty. “Therefore I have also made you contemptible and wicked before all the people, according to the way you have not kept My ways, but have had respect for persons in the law.” 

Malachi 2:10-16 10 Don’t we all have one father? Hasn’t one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, profaning the covenant of our fathers? 11 Judah has dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has profaned the holiness of the Lord which he loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god. 12 The Lord will cut off, to the man who does this, him who wakes and him who answers, out of the tents of Jacob, and him who offers an offering to the Lord Almighty. 13 This again you do: you cover the Lord’s altar with tears, with weeping, and with sighing, because He doesn’t regard the offering any more, neither receives it with good will at your hand. 14 Yet you say, ‘Why?’ Because the Lord has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion, and the wife of your covenant. 15 Did He not make you one, although He had the residue of the Spirit? Why one? He sought godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. 16 One who hates and divorces”, says the Lord, the God of Israel, “covers his garment with violence!” says the Lord Almighty. “Therefore pay attention to your spirit, that you don’t be unfaithful.” 

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Theme Malachi 3

Prepare the way.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Your Son was spoken of in the first verse (v. 1).

Something to think about

Malachi (and later John the Baptist) prepared the way for Jesus (v. 1). God hasn’t changed and will not change (v. 6). If the people would stop robbing God of the tithe that belonged to Him (v. 9-10) God would cause them to be a delightful land (v. 11-12). God will remember those of His people who have remained faithful to Him (v. 16-18).   

Something to experience

God will purify His people, of whom we believers are a part (v. 2-3). If we will return to the Lord, He will return to us (v. 7). We need to seek to serve Him and live righteous lives before our Lord (v. 16).  

Scripture to hide in your heart

Malachi 3:1“Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me; and the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, behold, He comes!” says the Lord Almighty.

Malachi 3:2-3 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who will stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire, and like launderers’ soap; and He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi, and refine them as gold and silver; and they shall offer to the Lord offerings in righteousness.” 

Malachi 3:6 “For I, the Lord, don’t change; therefore you, sons of Jacob, are not consumed.” 

Malachi 3:7 “From the days of your fathers you have turned away from My ordinances, and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. “But you say, ‘How shall we return?’” 

Malachi 3:9-10 9 “You are cursed with the curse; for you rob Me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there will not be room enough for.” 

Malachi 3:11-12 11 “I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast its fruit before its time in the field,” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “All nations shall call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.

Malachi 3:16-18 16 “Then those who feared the Lord spoke one with another; and the Lord listened, and heard, and a book of memory was written before Him, for those who feared the Lord, and who honored His name. 17 They shall be Mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “My own possession in the day that I make, and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him. 18 Then you shall return and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him who serves God and him who doesn’t serve Him.

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Theme Malachi 4

The Day of the Lord.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the day is coming when Your wrath will burn like a furnace toward the wicked (v. 1). 

Something to think about

And the wicked shall be tread down (v. 2-3). A prophet will come before that great and dreadful day and turn the hearts of the fathers and children to each other (v. 5-6).

Something to experience

We must obey the moral laws that apply across generations (v. 4).

Scripture to hide in your heart

Malachi 4:1“For, behold, the day comes, it burns as a furnace; and all the proud, and all who work wickedness, will be stubble; and the day that comes will burn them up,” says the Lord Almighty, “that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.” 

Malachi 4:2-3 2 “But to you who fear My name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in its wings. You will go out, and leap like calves of the stall. You shall tread down the wicked; for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I make,” says the Lord.

Malachi 4:4 “Remember the law of Moses My servant, which I commanded to him in Horeb for all Israel, even statutes and ordinances.”

Malachi 4:5-6 5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will recognize You as our King and will revere Your name (Malachi 1:14). Lord, I pray we believers will set our heart to honor Your name.  I pray we will listen to Your Word and do what Your Word says.  Lord I pray we will walk with You in peace and uprightness and will encourage others to turn from sin (Malachi 2:6). Lord, I ask You to purify us (Malachi 3:2-3).  Lord, I pray we will return to You for then You will return to us (Malachi 3:7). Lord, I pray we will seek to serve You and live righteous lives before You (Malachi 3:16).  Lord, I pray we will obey Your Word (Malachi 4:4).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray AMEN.

“May you and I obey God’s Word.” <>< Dona