RETURN – The Minor Prophets: Malachi
October 11, 2020
Malachi reminded the Jews of their willful disobedience beginning with the priests (1:1-29), and then including every person (2:10-3:15). They had dishonored God’s name (1:6), offered false worship (1:7-14), led others into sin (2:7-9), broken God’s laws (2:11-16), called evil “good” (2:17), kept God’s tithes and offerings for themselves (3:8-12) and become arrogant and proud (3:13-15). (sounds like today’s world!). The relationship was broken, and judgment and punishment would be theirs. In the midst of this wickedness, however, there were a faithful few—the remnant—who loved and honored God. God would shower his blessings upon these men and women (3:16-18). Woven throughout this litany of unfaithfulness is hope—the possibility of forgiveness beautifully expressed in 4:2—but for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.” As you read Malachi, see yourself as the recipient of this word of God to his people. Evaluate the depth of your commitment, the sincerity of your worship, and the direction of your life. Then allow God to restore your relationship with him through his love and forgiveness.