Summary: In Malachi 3, God wrote a Book of remembrance of those who spoke of Him. I want to be in that book.
LET’S READ MALACHI 3 VERSES 13-18
Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?
14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?
15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.
16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.
17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.”
I would like to speak to you today about “When God Writes a Book”
LET’S GO TO THE LORD IN PRAYER
Before I get into the heart of my message, I would like to quickly go over verses 13, 14, and 15. This kind of sets up what Malachi wants us to see in these verses.
I. A. In verse 13 it says “Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?” DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? People who outwardly talk against the God of this universe, but then deny being anti-God.
I have NEVER seen so many people, whether they are politicians or the local guy down at the cafe, who say one thing out of one side of their mouth and then another out of the other side of their mouth. They support freedom of “religion” one minute and then turn-around the next and try to block any expression of Christianity.
Let’s not offend a MUSLIM.
Let’s set aside a special room for them to pray in.
Let’s call this violent, wicked, Godless, religion a “RELIGION OF PEACE”
Your words have been STOUT against me. The rulings of the Supreme Court and other courts across our land have been STOUT against the True and Living God and His WORD. THE HOLY BIBLE.
They have ruled the murder of the unborn to be legal.
They have ruled that marriage is NOT between one man and one woman.
They have ruled against prayer in our schools.
AND ALL THE WHILE THESE SAME PEOPLE SAY THEY’RE NOT AGAINST GOD.
THEY'RE ALL FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.
LET FREEDOM RING UNTIL IT RINGS FOR THE TRUE AND LIVING GOD!!!
B. Verse 14 "Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?"
What good has it done to worship God?
What good has it done to obey His commandments?
What good has it done to walk in the way of the Lord?
These were the questions that were being asked in Malachi's time. A lot of the people and some of the priest were asking these questions.
They failed to look at the past and how that God had always taken care of them.
They failed to see His protecting hand.
They failed to see all of the benefits they had received because they had served Him.
In America, I'm afraid we are at the point where we fail to see the importance of serving God. We have forgotten the past.
God's protection for the pilgrims who came from England.
God's protection and help during the Revolutionary War.
God's healing balm after the Civil War that nearly split this country in two.
God's help during WWI and WWII.
C. In Verse 15 it tells us that everything began to get twisted.
They began to call the PROUD-HAPPY.
Those that were wicked were-SET UP, put in a place of honor.
Those that tempted God were-DELIVERED. They weren't held accountable.
Have you ever seen society as TWISTED as it is today?
God tells us in Isaiah 5:20 and 21 "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!"
Woe unto us today!!!!
The HOMOSEXUAL lifestyle is now an ALTERNATIVE lifestyle.
A person is no longer QUEER he/she is GAY.
An unborn baby is no longer a BABY it's a FETUS and that FETUS has become a CHOICE.