Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Psalm 24:7 God speaks to His people and joyfully commands them to lift their heads. He has gone out to battle on their behalf … Continue reading Lifting My Head
You flood the Lord's altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer pays attention to your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands. You ask, "Why?" It is because the LORD is acting as the witness between you and the … Continue reading God’s Deaf Ear
As for the man who does this, whoever he may be, may the LORD cut off from the tents of Jacob everyone who awakes and answers. Malachi 2:12 God is never so impressed with someone's stature in life that He is willing to remove the … Continue reading No Respector of Persons
Judah has broken faith. A detestable thing has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem: Judah is marrying the daughter of a foreign god. Malachi 2:11 The men in Israel are doing it again. Throughout history, they spurned God's instructions on the issue of marriage. … Continue reading The Pain Of Disharmony
But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble. Malachi 2:8 The priests in Malachi’s day modified the Word of God. They compromised His standards and led people to believe that God would be content with less. They … Continue reading Perverted Faith Is Passed On
"For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, and from his mouth men should seek instruction--because he is the messenger of the LORD Almighty." Malachi 2:7 It should be the natural outcome ~ A man or woman who walks with God should be … Continue reading When My Advice Is Unwelcome
He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin. Malachi 2:6 Looking back is meant to be instructive. I can see how far I’ve come from what I was like before. Hopefully, I am no longer the person I used to … Continue reading Looking Back Is Sometimes Necessary
My covenant was with him (Levi), a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. Malachi 2:5 The beauty of this picture arrests me. Because Levi was … Continue reading A Response That’s Beyond My Grasp
"And now this admonition is for you, O priests. If you do not listen, and if you do not set your heart to honor my name," says the LORD Almighty, "I will send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings. Malachi 2:1-2 … Continue reading God Is Long-suffering ~ Can I Sin Longer?
"And you say, `What a burden!' and you sniff at it contemptuously," says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 1:13 The good news is ~ the Israelites had not yet abandoned their form of worship. The bad news is ~ they were doing it purely for the … Continue reading Am I Just Bored?