• William T. Howe Ph.D.

October 1, 2021

Daily Reading: Malachi 1-4

Malachi 2:17

Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

The individuals to whom Malachi preached had been in Jerusalem for about 100 years after being released from the Babylonian captivity. Unfortunately, they reverted back to the same sins the nation exhibited prior to the overthrow by Nebuchadnezzar. They were lackadaisical concerning Temple worship, the priesthood was on a downward spiral because of sin, the sacrifices they did offer were not first quality, tithes were withheld, and they began/continued intermarrying with idol worshipping Gentiles.

In chapters 1-3 the reader will read of God’s continued love for the apostate remnant while at the same time denouncing their sin. In the last chapter the prophet gave an overview of the coming day of the Lord and the ministry of John the Baptist. Malachi 4:5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:. From this verse two things can be learned. One is that John the Baptist came in the spirit of Elijah as confirmed by Jesus in Matthew 17:10-13. Two is that the day of the Lord was the day of Christ on earth.

It is interesting to note, the very last book of the Old Testament gives a prophecy about the church age: Malachi 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse. What a prophecy, what a warning, what an overlooked teaching, and what an awesome travesty it would be if those today failed to heed its long reaching implications for familiar relationships. What it means is this: Parents love your kids, kids, love and honor your parents, if not. Well, let’s not even go there. Just do the first part and there would be no worries about the second part.

I trust you have enjoyed reading the Old Testament and that you have learned much. Congratulations for finishing, and please continue on!

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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