” ‘I have loved you,’ says the LORD. Yet you say, ‘In what way have You loved us?’ ” ~ Malachi 1:2a
” ‘A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am the Father, where is My honor? And if I am a Master, where is My reverence?’ ” ~ Malachi 1:6a
“Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously with one another by profaning the covenant of the fathers?… Yet you say, ‘For what reason?’ Because the LORD has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously; yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant. But did He not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit?” ~ Malachi 2:10, 14-15a
Oh Israel, God’s beloved and chosen people! Once again, they had allowed their hearts to cool in their love and passion for the One True God. Though He had led them out of Babylon (like Egypt before), given them back their land, and blessed the work of their hands, yet they had forgotten Him and had become caught up in day to day living, and in the ways of the other peoples around them. The sons of Israel went through the motions of sacrifice, yet their hearts were not in it. Once again, they were breaking the covenant made between them and God.
Doesn’t that sound like us sometimes? Oh, what amazing things God has done for us! Remember the time when ___ ? Yet as life becomes so daily, as the world distracts us, our hearts cool toward the great I AM, the lover of our souls. We go through the motions, yet our passions lie elsewhere. Let our desire always be to walk ever closer to God!
“But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all Your works.” ~ Psalm 73:28
“Jesus answered him, ‘The first of all the commandments is: “Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” This is the first commandment.’ ” ~ Mark 12:29-30
Jesus gave us the key to staying close to God. Shema, hear, listen! Love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. When we love God with our ALL, nothing else can creep in between us. And don’t worry, the Holy Spirit has been given to us to help us love God with our ALL. We cannot do this on our own.
Malachi is an amazing little book, the last of the Old Testament, the old covenant. God knew His people, all people, were desperately in need of Messiah. He promised them He would be coming, soon.
” ‘Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,’ says the LORD of hosts.” ~ Malachi 3:1
The LORD God of angel armies promised His people that “the Lord, whom you seek…the Messenger of the covenant…Behold, He is coming”. Jesus, the promised Messiah, would be coming! And He would bring a new covenant. He would be the New Covenant, bridging the gap between God and man.
The coming of John “the Baptist” (“My messenger…will prepare the way”) was foretold in this verse as well. I love reading the prophecies and seeing how they have come to pass!
We who have received Jesus as Messiah, as our Lord and Saviour, and have freely accepted the new covenant, look forward to Jesus’ next coming, when He returns for us, as He promised!
” ‘Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.’ ” ~ John 14:1-4
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18