Summary: The seventh message in a verse by verse series through Malachi.

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Treasures of God

Malachi 3:13-18

I. The Faithless Servants (v. 13-15)

A. They spoke harshly to the Lord

“Your words have been harsh against Me,…”

B. They had an ungodly view of service (v. 14)

1. They said it was unimportant to serve God

“…it is useless to serve God..” – v. 14

2. They said it was unprofitable to serve God – They had a “What’s in it for me” attitude toward service.

“What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance…” – v. 14

3. They said it was unproductive

“..and that we have walked as mourners before the Lord of Hosts?” – v. 14

C. They were showing sarcasm toward God (v. 15)

1. They accused God of lifting up the prideful and arrogant

“So now we call the proud blessed…” –v. 15a

2. They accused God of lifting up the wicked

“..those who do wickedness are raised up…” – v. 15b

3. They accused Him of exempting those that tempt God

“…They even tempt God and go free…” –v. 15c

II. The Faithful Servants (v. 16-18)

A. God declares His listening to the faithful (v. 16)

1. Due to their reverential fear of God

2. Due to their thinking being focused on God

B. God declares His remembrance of the faithful (v. 16)

1. Because they were faithful in worship

2. Because they were faithful in their study together

3. Because they were faithful in focusing their mind on the things of God

C. God declares the preciousness of the faithful (v. 17)

1. It speaks of His ownership (II Tim. 2:19 & II Cor. 6:19-20)

2. It speaks of our preciousness in His eyes

D. God declares His grace that delivers the faithful

1. We will not be spared because we deserved it (Romans 5:8)

2. We will not be spared because we earn it (Eph. 2:8-9)

3. We will be spared because of God’s free grace (John 3:16)

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