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Thursday, August 1, 2013

Most Known Uknown: Malachi

As we come to an end of our journey of the most known unknown biblical characters we find ourselves at Malachi. Malachi who name means messenger of Yahweh or my messenger emphasized Yahweh's commitment to His people and the obedience He expected from them.  Malachi prophesied that Yahweh would form a righteous remnant into a purified covenant community and eliminate the wicked.  There are two feelings about the book of Malachi those who don't pay their tithes and offerings typically cringe at it and those who do pay their tithes and offerings are fond of it.  However there is more to Malachi message than tithes and offerings.

Malachi teaches us an important truth when you look at it through the lens of the Gospel.  Malachi begins with a disputation in where Yahweh declares his love for Israel.  God has demonstrated his love for you and there is really not any debate about:

  • He sent His SON to die for your sins.
  • He continues to grant you mercies each and every day.
  • He allows you to breathe in carbon monoxide and breathe out oxygen.
  • He provides nourishment for your bodies.
  • He keeps giving you strength when you need it the most.
Notice none of the things I mentioned where material things but God has also demonstrated HIS love for you by given you the desires of your heart.  But often times we like the children of Israel doubt God love for us!  How can a God who has shown his love for us in innumerable ways not loves us.  One of Satan's most important missions is to make you question God's love for you.  Gospel truth is that nothing can separate you from the love of God.  If you do nothing else in life understand that God loves you!! Never again question HIS love for U!

Scripture Reference: Book of Malachi

God bless,
Bondservant Hollis

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