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Malachi 1 - He Said They Said

The world grows weary of hearing God call them back. Wake up and answer His call in your life!

Watch the overview video on the book of Malachi, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. In this book, Malachi accuses Israel of selfishness after the exile and announces that the day of the Lord will purify Israel and prepare them for God's kingdom.

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Malachi 1 Summary

Malachi wrote a short book that unfolds a series of six disputes between God, and His people Israel, who by this time have returned from their exile in Babylon and have already returned to the same wicked ways as before.

Perhaps the most glaring symptom of their apostacy is when the LORD of Hosts (v4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14) levels charges against His people, the people have the gall to argue back against Him! This is what happens when we lose grip on our theology - our understanding of who and what God is. When we forget that God is omnipotent (all powerful) and omniscient (all knowing), then His Word to us is of no more value than any other prognostication that bombards our screens.

Chapter 1 contains the God's first dispute, and the beginning of the second. God's first accusation is actually a reminder that He still loves His people, yet His people are incredulous, responding to Him with how have you loved us (v2)?

In His second dispute, God takes issue with Israel's worship. They were putting forth the bare minimum, bringing lame & diseased offerings but yet expecting God to shower them with blessings in return.

Dig Deeper

Our sinful nature causes us to elevate ourselves and subordinate God; in other words, we reverse reality and treat God as if He works for us. When God calls out their weak, worthless worship, the people respond as if they were some sort of pompous boss, snorting out in reply:

What a weariness this is... (v13)

The next time you hear a voice calling you back to orthodox teaching, worship and practice, be sure not to just blow it off as if you have something better to be doing.

AAA Prayer:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: The LORD God Almighty (of hosts) who calls His people back to Him

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that you will not follow the crowds who are bored with God's call upon their lives




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