Robbing God and Pleasing Satan
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Delivered By
Pastor Ed Dinkins
Delivered On
February 1, 2015
Central Passage
Malachi 3:8-18
Subject
First Sunday Service
Description

Commentary Excerpt - Data Source: http://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/holy-bible/old-testament/the-prophets/minor-prophets/malachi/

"We have to ask ourselves if these conditions (during Malachi's days) characterize the prevalent spiritual condition of the Christian world today. It should not stretch our imagination to see similar behavioral trends in vogue, especially among people of the Western world. We claim to be “Christian,” but are indifferent and calloused toward God and His inspired Word—His revelation to man. Few take notice of biblical teachings and how they apply to their daily lives.

Malachi was inspired to carry his message forward to the end of the age, and he makes reference to the return of Christ (1:11; 3:1-6, 16-18; 4:1-6). He calls it “the day” (3:2, 17; 4:1, 3, 5). Out of love, God calls for us to repent; and He gives a stern warning to all, including those living at the end time.

It behoves all people to heed the warnings so that they will be “worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36). Unless Christ intervenes in the affairs of humanity, the world would end “with a curse” or utter destruction (Malachi 4:6; see also Matthew 24:22). The whole process that eventually leads to the lake of fire (Malachi 4:1) begins with the people not responding to the love of God (1:2-3).

Yet some do respond to God. “A book of remembrance” is written for those God calls “My jewels,” and He promises to spare them as His own children. Why this special category of people as opposed to the many who reject Him? The book of Malachi lists several reasons (3:16-18):

  1. They “feared the LORD”—honored, esteemed, respected and obeyed Him.
  2. They “spoke to one another,” showing the importance of fellowshipping with people of like mind.
  3. They “meditate on His name”—study and think about the Bible to come to a greater understanding of God and His purpose for mankind. Their lives took on a different purpose and meaning. Hope replaced despair, and truth replaced error.
  4. They served Him, showing a willingness to obey God and to seek His Kingdom and righteousness as a first priority in their lives (Matthew 6:33).

The book of remembrance is mentioned as an encouragement to those faithful to God, since He needs no book of records to remember or recollect names."

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