Showing posts with label Malachi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Malachi. Show all posts

Monday, December 23, 2013

Malachi 4

The final chapter of Prophet Malachi sets the distinction between those who follow the LORD, and those who don't. The 'day' referred here is the 'day of the LORD' - a time of judgement for the wicked and that of blessing for the righteous.

Those who revere LORD will experience unimaginable joy and go out fully energized like those well-fed calves.
Malachi 4:2 But for you who revere My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.
3 Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,” says the LORD Almighty.
The key to escape judgement and enjoy blessings of LORD's Kingdom is to obey the law of Prophet Moses.

Prophet Elijah will be sent before the day of the LORD to serve as a warning. He will reconcile the turn the hearts of the fathers with that of the children.

Those who refuse to repent and reconcile will be dealt with the LORD. He will come and unleash His total destruction with frightening severity.

My Thoughts
The final words of the LORD closes with a blessed promise, to all those who fear and honor Him.

A frightening warning, for those who decide not to listen to Him, concludes the Old Testament. 

Malachi 3

In response to the grumbling against ungodly men and women prospering, LORD says,
Malachi 3:1 “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the LORD you are seeking will come to His temple; the Messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty.
The nation is warned to prepare and meet the 'God of Justice'. Coming of the Messiah is predicted wonderfully in those first few verses.

One of the most important theological statements in the Bible is narrated next. The LORD says, "I the LORD, do not change."

LORD feels like He is being robbed when people withhold their tithes and offerings. He promises that faithfulness in giving, brings divine blessings.

Next, the people have spoken arrogantly that the proud and wicked prosper, and therefore it is useless to serve LORD. He will address this in the next chapter.

A book of remembrance is written for those who fear the LORD – they will remain as Lord’s treasured possession. The distinction between the righteous and the wicked will soon be visible.

Malachi 2

This chapter brings additional warnings to the priests. LORD will curse the wicked priesthood, and its descendants. The good example of Levi, with whom a covenant was made, is cited. There is a woeful failure to live up to Levi’s good precedent. LORD instructed Levi's descendants - those set apart especially to serve Him - to teach His people what is Truth. Instead of turning people away from wrong, the priests are leading people straight into it. By doing so, the priests have broken their covenant promise with the LORD.

The priests have caused many to stumble. They have not followed LORD's ways and have shown partiality in matters of law.

The priests offend LORD by marrying foreign wives. They come and weep at the altar, shed tears and ask, "Why does the LORD no longer look accept my offerings?" It is because they have been unfaithful to their wife.

Older men are hating and divorcing their older wife, and accepting younger foreign wives. Such men are committing violence towards those older women, whom they are supposed to protect.

Some grumble about those wicked prospering, than the godly.

Malachi 1

Malachi means 'My Messenger' and this book was written during a time when it was hard for people to hold on to hope. People are doubting the words of the Prophets and thinking LORD has forgotten them. The attitude of worship is casual, and LORD's standards have been lowered. 

This book also aims at correcting the lax religious and social behavior - particularly that of the priests. Prophet Malachi, in this book deals with a key issue - LORD's love for Israel, and Israel's heartbreaking response to LORD's love. 

LORD says that he loved Jacob, and hated Easu, which is why Edom has been laid waste. 

LORD indeed loved Israel and chose them to be His covenant people. However, Israel broke the covenant by dishonoring and showing contempt. Their priests sacrificed defiled and blemished animals, including blind, lame, or stolen animals, which are condemned. 

LORD felt as though He is being cheated at the hands of the priests - even while He loves them wholeheartedly. 
Malachi 1:14 “Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the LORD. For I am a great king,” says the LORD Almighty, “and My Name is to be feared among the nations.