My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name. Malachi 1:11 God takes a break from a language of tough love. Though previous verses … Continue reading Who Would I Have Become?
"Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar!" Malachi 1:10 Ten minutes before the service, the organist prepared to offer a prelude. She opened her book, well worn and marked up with … Continue reading What’s Your Habit?
"When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?" says the LORD Almighty. Malachi 1:7-8 The … Continue reading Giving God The Leftovers
"You place defiled food on my altar. ”But you ask, `How have we defiled You?' Malachi 1:7 God swore His love to Israel throughout history through the covenant He made with them. But He predicted their response of unbelief. "How have You loved us?" they … Continue reading When God Repeats Himself
"A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me?" Malachi 1:6 My father, Earle Hewitt, passed away 15 years ago. He was born, married, became a father to my sister and me, and … Continue reading When Others Can’t Tell
"It is you, O priests, who show contempt for my name.” But you ask, `How have we shown contempt for your name?' Malachi 1:6 Defensiveness runs in my bones. When confronted by someone who is upset with me, my default can be to discount what … Continue reading Indignant and Defensive
My sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. Psalm 40:12 Yesterday, the cry for repentance went out and the reverberations from God, through Malachi, reached our hearts. After sending … Continue reading Who Repents? Not Always The Guilty.
Edom may say, "Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild the ruins." But this is what the LORD Almighty says: "They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the LORD. Malachi … Continue reading Ignoring a God I Cannot See
"Was not Esau Jacob's brother?" the LORD says. "Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his mountains into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals." Malachi 1:2-3 I don't want to run from this difficult … Continue reading Do You Know What Hatred Really Means?
"I have loved you," says the LORD. "But you ask, `How have You loved us?' Malachi . 1:2 I've heard this exchange before - this banter between people in relationships. Have you? Expressions of love are met with contempt. "Love me? Oh yeah, right. How … Continue reading When Is Love Proven?