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Malachi

Posted by traveller , in The Good Book 09 July 2010 · 102,048 views

I've been looking at the book of Malachi because of the similarities of that time period and today. For a bit of background, the Israelites had returned to Jerusalem after their Babylonian captivity. They had completed the rebuilding of the temple and the walls around the city. Times were hard. They were struggling to build up a city of independant people. And to make matters worse, since they were under Persian rule they had to pay taxes.

Time went on and the people murmured. The priests, who were suposed to be the voice of God, who were supposed to warn the people when they disobeyed God, were themselves being disobediant. Worse, they were teaching falsehoods to the people. Sorta like some do now. They were in the business for themselves, to pad their own pockets. The people turned from God's ways, and questioned Him. God, why do you allow this to happen? Why do you not hear our prayers? Why have you abandoned us? A lot like today, I think. Well, in Malachi He answers the people, loud and clear, and that answer holds true for today.

Malachi is actually a love letter from God to an unrepentant nation. It begins with with the Lord answering the unrecorded question of "Why don't you love us?" He begins with "I have loved you." Apparently they balked at that because God went on to explain how it was that He did, in fact, love them. This is the famous "I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated."

The way I interpret this, is that Esau thought little of what God gave him, which was his birthright. He casually threw it away as if it meant nothing and was of less value than a bowl of soup. What exactly is a birthright? Back then it was everything. It meant authority and leadership. It meant your future. For lack of a better word, it meant your destiny. Spiritually speaking, it is all that the Lord Jesus offers us, when we are born again, and this, I think, is why God said that he hated Esau. He was tossing out the spiritual offering for one of flesh.

He goes on to address the priests who apparently have questioned God's treatment of them. God answers with, "A son honors his father and a servant his master. If I am a father where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me? It is you, priests, who show contempt for Me."

wow - powerful words. He goes on to uncover the mess they have made of worship. They offered blemished sacrifices to God and kept the best for themselves, then wondered why God ignored their prayers. But you know, the thing is, God wanted their love. Their sacrifices showed what was in their hearts. They were performing their functions out of duty, not love. He wanted them to want to be with Him. It's what He wants today. How can man turn cold toward the Creator of the universe? How can we let our fires grow dim? We do - and always have. Even 400 years before Christ came men were shaking their fists at God, asking why He was so unfair to them. And all that time, and this, God is waiting, waiting for us to return to Him.

In chapter 2, verse 17 He says, "You have wearied the Lord with your words, by saying all who do evil are good in the eyes of the Lord and He is pleased with them." or, "Where is the justice?"

Sounds like today with all those that claim that God is to blame for everything. What a decadent time we live in. All the atrocities that happen on a daily basis, the immorality, the accpetance of filth and smut in our homes via televion and magazines and books and entertainment venues. We sit back and say that it must be ok because Joe down the street does the same thing and he goes to the same church I do, so if it's ok for him, then it's ok for me. We rationalize our sins and lifestyle. All the while, God is wanting us to return to Him.

You know, in this book God says to return to the wife of your youth. Ever wonder what that means? Remember how it was when you first fell in love and that person was the whole world to you? How she/he stared intently into your eyes when you spoke and laughed at all your jokes and held your hand at all the right moments. Remember how they were the center of your universe and all decisions were made with that one person in mind because you didn't want them left out of anything? Of course He is talking here about hating divorce but it is becasue of what divorce means. It is the breaking of a covenant, which is abhorrent to God. But God's word has layered meanings as well. He does not want us to break from Him. He wants us to return to Him, as to the love of our youth, full of passion and fire and loyalty.

The book of Malachi is a prophetic book, announcing the coming Savior, and the second coming. It is a warning of judgement. It is a book of love, proclaiming God's love for us, and His desire for his people.

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This is really good. Just joined and im happy that this is the first thing i was blessed to see. Everytime i read Malachi i always focus on verse 3:10. In my opinion tithing is a very important thing, and sometimes, as with the people of Iseral, we wonder why God hasnt blessed us with this/that. Well he clearly tells us in his word that we cheat him in our tithes and offering. What are your opinions on tithing?
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Good word sis! Posted Image
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Amen!
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well written.... beautifully said. *smiles*
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This is really good. Just joined and im happy that this is the first thing i was blessed to see. Everytime i read Malachi i always focus on verse 3:10. In my opinion tithing is a very important thing, and sometimes, as with the people of Iseral, we wonder why God hasnt blessed us with this/that. Well he clearly tells us in his word that we cheat him in our tithes and offering. What are your opinions on tithing?

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In Luke 6:35 but love ye your enemies, and do good and lend hoping for nothing again: and your reward shall be great and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 36) Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 38) Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom, For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

This passages is not talking about giving to a pastor but it is talking about giving to anyone that ask. It says by the same measure you meet to even youir enemies it will be given back to you.

Also In Luke 6:30 Jesus makes it more plainly to us He says: Give to every man that ask of thee: and of him that take away thy goods ask them not again

Also John the Baptist explained in more detail of how followers of Christ should be living. In Luke 3:10-14 And the people asked him what shall we do then? 11)He answered and said unto them He that hath two coats. Let him impart to him that hath none: and he that hath meat let him do likewise 12) Then came also publicans to be baptized and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? 13) And he said unto them Exact no more that that which is appointed you. 14)And the soldiers likewise demanded of him saying, and what shall we do? And he said unto them Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely, and be content with your wages.
Our Titthes and offering by the Word of God goes to each other not the pastors because Jesus Christ has already paiid the price
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Good blog. I like your statement that God wanted their love. How can we forget God's greatest commandment so easily? What an offer that God wants us to love Him.
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PreacherWesley
Sep 12 2010 04:23 PM
It is easy in today's world to put God on the backburner. We have so many blessings that should point us to God, but instead they seem to be curses. Instead of giving God our all. Giving him our time, our hearts, our talents. We live God with the leftovers. Shame on us. Shame on me. I recently went more indepth on the subject of leftovers from Malachi. I do not want to take over the comments section, but you can read it
here.
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Love is alive
Oct 09 2010 12:20 PM
Well written and wonderfully spoken. :)
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What always kills me is how people always question God, but never questions themselves or other people. People who reject God, in my honest opinion are crying out for one. If their is no God, then why state you dont believe in one. It doest matter.

I look at the actions of people I see daily, and it lets me know its a god. Rape, murder, pedophiles, stealing and adultery. These sins wreck people entire lives, then we lowly humans have the audacity to say ignorant statements like, this happened on Gods watch. Then people who clearly dont know God, or question the bible from a worldly view point always say why did go allow this man childs to die.

Job was a righteous man, blameless and his children died.

Jacobs daugther Dinah was raped.

Cain killed Abel.

Gods ways are not are ways, nor in his thoughts our thoughts. There is nothing new under this sun, and their is no problem in our lives that Gods arm is not too weak or short to solve.
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I am a young man for now, 28, but I am getting older. I am praying to God, he can send me a helper, a wife. And I want god to be the foundation of the relationship. I have been single my entire life, and Im kinda tired of it. But, I am working with God. For some reason now God is comforting me. I pray to God more than I ever have. I have returned to him. I am not happy, but I am joyful, peacful and always thinking. I really dont know what is happening to me, or what God has planned for me, but I am waiting on him, and waiting paitently. This is a lonely world, a cold world and people are evil. But I know other followers and believers in Jesus Christ are going through the same firey trials.
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Malachi is also a book that calls fathers to step up to the plate as the spiritual leaders in their homes. "Turning their hearts to their children" at its core is being intentional about the spiritual growth each child needs. Few men today give much attention to this issue. Very few have seen a good example.

What would the impact be on our homes, churches and nation if men would begin to read God's Word with their families?

Amos 8:11 talks about the Lord sending a famine to the land that would be "a famine of the hearing of the words of the Lord." That is a picture of most homes in America today, even Christian homes. Men expect driving their families to church to be enough.

Rise Up: For Men Who Want to Lead Boldly is a new book published by Eternal Matters that tackles this topic head on. www.RiseUpDad.com

The last words of Malachi are haunting... "or else I will come and strike the land with a curse." May the men in the church rise up and humbly, lovingly lead their homes, taking each member of their families back to the feet of Jesus.
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Great Job! A word for today for the people of today! I have found the same true in the book of Amos! God Bless you~
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Guest_alake5_*
Mar 22 2012 09:44 PM

This is really good. Just joined and im happy that this is the first thing i was blessed to see. Everytime i read Malachi i always focus on verse 3:10. In my opinion tithing is a very important thing, and sometimes, as with the people of Iseral, we wonder why God hasnt blessed us with this/that. Well he clearly tells us in his word that we cheat him in our tithes and offering. What are your opinions on tithing?

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Guestalake5
Mar 22 2012 09:47 PM
I am new to this site as well. This was a very good article. these serve as examples.We must learn from others mistakes,and correct our ways while we have time.
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You mentioned the priests in Malachi were like the priests of Today. Unfaithful wicked Shepherds.
Yes the priests were unfaithful to God, but so was King David and King Solomon.
But God still used them. Solomon slept with hundreds of women and burned incense to demons, yet God gave him more wisdom than any man. King David was the most famous King of Israel, a priest, a prophet, a king, and a writer of Sacred Scripture, a man after God's own heart, yet he shed much blood, and had one of his right hand noble men murdered so that he could get away with impregnating his wife. A great sinner yet God worked through him. So anyone who behaves scandalously doesnt necessarily mean they dont speak the truth or are not called instruments in God's hands.
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thankyou for your insight into Malachi.... It makes me sit up and realy understand the book more and how it relates to now and what we are seeing in our world
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I just joined and am excited to Learn more of wats going on in the world today I just finished the books called the left behind and loved them I just can't wait to see Jesus in all of his glory. I am 26 and just finished college i am a new Christian. I am learning more about God everyday and can't wait to write more books supporting the glorious works of God.
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kingdomwitness
Sep 21 2013 04:28 AM
Nice post there. GOD bless you. http://prophecyofthe...s.wordpress.com
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WONDERFUL POST!!! I JUST JOINED AND AM LOVING IT !!!!

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