Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Malachi--A message from God.

Today, we start a new book in our devotional series—Malachi. Why? Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament. God put it there for a special reason—It is one of the most practical and easily applied books in the Old Testament! I believe this book summarizes most of the major challenges we face as Christians and it is especially applicable in today’s world. Ironically, Malachi is written to a group of people who were going through much of what we face today—casual faith, turning from obedience to God to self-rule, priest deciding the knew more than God, etc. It is a book of hope, warning, and a reminder that God loves us too much to just let us fail.

I believe it is very important to note that to really understand Malachi the first message from God in this book is the authors’ name. Malachi means “message from God.” Malachi’s major job was to give the people a special message or letter “from God.” Some scholars even have asked if Malachi was the prophet’s name or an assumed name to clarify the importance of what was being said. We don’t know the answer to that because the Bible does not tell us. We do know what the name meant. We know why it was important to the people of the past and why it is still important to us. Really, to put the title of the book into modern understanding the book should just be called—“A message from God.” Wow, that clarifies why this books is so important!

The first, message is the series of message from God in Malachi is found in the first two verses. Read verse one and two below and realize that all the messages God gives us through this book, must be seen in light of verse two.

The last Old Testament prophet, Malachi faced a nation that had grown indifferent toward God. He preached to stir their hearts, to turn them from apathy and renew their commitment to the Lord.
1 A prophecy: The word of the Lord to Israel through Malachi.
Israel Doubts God’s Love
“I have loved you,” says the Lord. [1]

With verse two in mind I encourage you to try two things.

One: Try to remind yourself all day “That God has loved you, does love you, and will love you!”

Two: Consider reading the entire book of Malachi every day for seven days. It is a very short book and can be read easily in one setting. Always read it reminding yourself of verse twoe and that this book is a direct message from God!

[1] The New International Version. 2011 (Mal). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

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