Today, we look at notes from a sermon series my pastor preached a few months ago. We’re looking at the book of Malachi. I love these small books; as I have mentioned, they aren’t preached on much. I encourage you to grab your Bible and read chapter one, and then look at the points below from my sermon notes.
When we read the book of Malachi, we realize we’re just like the Israelites – devoted and then not so devoted.
Sometimes we find we’re a Sunday, seasonal, circumstantial Christian when God wants us to be Christian.
The promises of God are never broken from God’s side.
Self-reflect rather than look at others on how they show contempt for God.
Edom and Esau walked away from God.
Those who chose to walk away from God, those he hated. Those who chose to love God, those he loved.
Chapter 1, verse 2, “I have loved you,” says the Lord. “But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?”
God lays out for us in verse two what he has done. God has loved them.
If God is with us, we will be alright. It will never work out for you when you walk away from God.
The Lord says his name will be known and worshipped through all nations.
How quickly we forget our sins when we need something from God.
Chapter 1, verses 6-8, “A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty. It is you, priests, who show contempt for my name.”
“But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’
“By offering defiled food on my altar.”
“But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’
“By saying that the Lord’s table is contemptible. When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame 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.
When we bring less than the best, God says no thanks. If there’s no sacrifice in your sacrifice, then it’s not a sacrifice.
Have we laid everything down to him, or are we holding back?
Thanks, Pastor Joel, for all the time and effort you put into preparing your weekly sermons. I pray the Lord continues to bless you and give you strength and insight each day.