Contributed on Sep 18, 2012
Malachi calls the people of his day to be responsive to the love of God.
What we are told in verse one is all we have about the prophet Malachi. Other prophetic books often tell when the prophet wrote, that is, during the reigns of a certain kings. But, apparently, there were no kings in Israel in Malachi’s day - they appear to be a thing of the past. The ...read more
Contributed on Sep 24, 2012
God challenges His people to be authentically devoted to Him.
I voted to close the church; not intentionally, not maliciously perhaps, but carelessly, thoughtlessly, lazily, indifferently, I voted. I voted to close its doors that its witness and its testimony might be stopped. I voted to close the open Bible on its pulpit . . . The Bible that had been given ...read more
Contributed on Oct 1, 2012
Malachi calls the priests of his day to whole-heartedly commit to representing the Lord to the people.
Malachi castigates the priests of Israel for their lack of whole-hearted devotion. While there is truth here to benefit those who serve as leaders among God’s people today, I want us to consider a broader application. Let’s consider how what was said to these priests applies to ...read more
Contributed on Oct 8, 2012
Malachi points out how the people were mistreated each other because they were not right with God.
In the Great Commandment, Jesus says that commitment to our love relationship with God positively impacts our relationship with others. “Jesus replied, ‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest ...read more
Contributed on Oct 16, 2012
Malachi speaks of the day when God will bring justice to the earth.
The prophet now addresses the few people in Israel who had remained faithful to God but who were lamenting the perceived lack of action on God’s part to bring appropriate judgment upon the rebellious among them. They had wrongly concluded that God was unwilling to judge sin. Malachi speaks of ...read more
Contributed on Oct 29, 2012
Malachi concludes his prophecy with words of encouragement for the faithful few in israel.
(READ TEXT) We find that even in the unfaithful and unbelieving Israel of Malachi’s day, there was a faithful, believing remnant that God had made note of (verse 16). Malachi addresses this last portion of his book to them. “Lord, I need You to help me to see satisfactions in ...read more