Message From Malachi ‘Indifference To God’

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Malachi is an easy book to find it is the last book of the Old testament.

Haggai and Zechariah make a high point in the experience of the returned exiles. The people listen to God  message and responded. But some hundred years later when Malachi ministered the people had a indifference to God and drifted into various sins.

Sounds like the people of today grown indifferent to God.

Historical bases the background can be found in Nehemiah chapter 13.

Malachi is the bridge between the Old and New Testaments. To show this read Malachi 3 verse1 ‘Who is my messenger’? Read John 1 verse 23 and Luke 3 verse 3 and 4.

A silence of 400 years lies between the voice of Malachi and the voice of one crying in the wilderness. “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.”

The Old Testament closes with the word ‘curse’. Malachi 4 verse 6 The New Testament closes with a blessing Revelation 22 verse21.

Malachi draw a dismal portrait of the people’s spiritual condition. when Malachi confronts his contemporaries, they responded with disdain and indifference. accused of despising God’s Name by offering diseased animals as sacrifices, the people struggled, complaining that worship was boring and a burden.

The priests failed to teach God’s law. the people also complained that God failed to answer their prayers, never considering that the callous ways they replaced their wives with younger and more beautiful trophy wives reflected their indifference to covenant relationship. it is in this setting God announces ‘I hate divorce’ Malachi 2 verse 16.

When God urged the people through the prophets to return to him, they pretended to be shocked, asking what the prophets meant.

Their indifference to worship and their incorrect priories were clearly revealed by their actions. At the end of Malachi, it is clear that there was no hope for restoration of the kind of faith community envisaged in the Old testament, and the prophets focused individuals “who feared the Lord” and “talked with each other ” about Him {Malachi 3 verse 16} God promised “They will be mine, in the day when I make up my treasured processions.

Let never become indifferent to God. He is calling us back to Him. Lets all be counted as one of His treasured possessions, what a wonderful privilege that is.

God loves us and by accepting Him we also become treasured to Him.

God does want to become Our Lord and Our Friend.

Read Malachi and enjoy.

God Bless.

O F J

2 responses to “Message From Malachi ‘Indifference To God’

  1. I once did a sermon called “The Malachi Challenge,” referring to Malachi 3.10, “Bring the full tenth into the storehouse so that there may be food in my house. Test me in this way,” says the Lord of Armies. “See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure.

    Do you believe the standard of tithing still applies?

    • yes but it need to be a personal thing, it can’t be a you must do, from a pulpit God wants our best all the time. We do it out of relationship, for the One Who has done so much for us, but not expecting to get anything back. Some have a mentality of tithing to get. He is our sufficiency, in everything, and really out of that sufficiency, we should give more than a tithe. Somehow to me tithing has gone all wrong. a tenth is fine but is it one’s best in the personal relationship we have with Him, Who gave so much for us. I hope that doesn’t offend, I never think of it as giving to get blessed, I am so much blessed, I give out of that blessing, as part of my worship to Him and I don’t restrict it to an amount.

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