Out on my walk this morning I listened to several sermons by Mark Driscoll in his series on Malachi. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard anyone preach through this last book of the Old Testament. Pastor Driscoll stated that Malachi is like a door…it closes off the old and opens up the new (New Testament). It is God’s last words to His chosen people for 400 years before the birth of Jesus Christ his son. It speaks of His love for them, and then rebukes the leaders and elders for their disobedience. Stern words before a long silence.
The Messenger of the Lord
You have wearied the LORD with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?” (Malachi 2:17 ESV)
It amazes me how God’s word is so applicable and accurate for our society today. Men call what is evil good and expect that God is pleased. We walk in our own ways, and then when calamity strikes (as a result of our own doing), we cry foul and even dare to blame God.
The only thing that we deserve is hell. Everything besides that is grace. All because the one true God loves you.
He loves us so much that when we obey His word, we are walking under His umbrella of protection. His word is life. We will be wise to obey it. Wise to walk in His ways and receive His blessings. Wise to obey His commands and teach our children His ways.
We must abide in His word if we are to know and obey the Father God.
We must have a personal relationship with His son Jesus Christ – our savior and Lord – if we are to live with God’s grace and love for all eternity.
It is when we refuse to listen to the word of God that we leave the path of life and walk the path of the wanderer – unprotected and left to our own ways. This is when what God calls evil, we begin to call good.
Stay on the path of righteousness. Abide in His word. Call evil, evil.
“They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. (Malachi 3:17 ESV)
You are God’s chosen; His treasured possession.
Listen to God. Be encouraged. Press on.