malachi, messiah of peace prophet, part 2

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Malachi: The Messiah of peace prophet part two:

Malachi: The Messiah of peace prophet part two Friendship Baptist Church Pastor Brian Chilton

Question of the Week:

Question of the Week Question 29: Finish this statement: “Return unto me, and I will _______ ____ ______, saith the Lord of hosts.” Answer: “Return unto me, and I will return__ __unto__ you_ , saith the Lord of hosts.” Question 30: What does Malachi ask God to protect the people with?

Tonight’s Outline:

Tonight’s Outline IV. Third Oracle: Be Faithful as God’s Covenant People (2:10-16) A. The charge of unfaithfulness (2:10) B. The first evidence: Illegal intermarriage (2:11-12) 1. The sin (2:11) 2. The consequence (2:12) C. The second evidence: Divorce (2:13-16a) 1. The consequence (2:13) 2. The sin (2:14-16a) D. The charge to faithfulness (2:16b) V. Fourth Oracle: Hope in God (2:17-3:6) A. The charge of wearisome speech (2:17a) B. Israel’s question of the charge (2:17b) C. The proof of the charge: No hope for God’s justice (2:17c) D. The warning by God (3:1-5) 1. The coming of the messenger in preparation (3:1a) 2. The coming of the Lord in judgment (3:1b-5) E. The basis for hope in God (3:6)

Third Oracle: Be Faithful as God’s Covenant People:

Third Oracle: Be Faithful as God’s Covenant People 10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers? 11 Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god. 12 The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts. 13 And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. 14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. 15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. 16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously. (KJV) 10 "Do we not all have one father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously each against his brother so as to profane the covenant of our fathers? 11 "Judah has dealt treacherously, and an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has profaned the sanctuary of the LORD which He loves and has married the daughter of a foreign god. 12 "As for the man who does this, may the LORD cut off from the tents of Jacob everyone who awakes and answers, or who presents an offering to the LORD of hosts. 13 "This is another thing you do: you cover the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping and with groaning, because He no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. 14 "Yet you say, 'For what reason?' Because the LORD has been a witness between you and the wife of your youth, against whom you have dealt treacherously, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. 15 "But not one has done so who has a remnant of the Spirit. And what did that one do while he was seeking a godly offspring? Take heed then to your spirit, and let no one deal treacherously against the wife of your youth. 16 "For I hate divorce," says the LORD, the God of Israel, "and him who covers his garment with wrong," says the LORD of hosts. "So take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously." (NAS95)

The Charge of Unfaithfulness (2:10):

The Charge of Unfaithfulness (2:10) Malachi begins this oracle differently than the previous two; he begins by asking three questions. “Do we not all have one father?” This question is answered by the next question, “Has not one God created us?” The answer is yes. We are all the creation of one Supreme Creator. “Why do we deal treacherously with each other then? We are all brothers and sisters created by one God. Love for humanity is second only for our love for God. In a sense, we profane our covenant with God when we deal treacherously with His own people. Who are His people? The same as our neighbor, everyone we come in contact with each day.

First Evidence: Illegal Intermarriage (2:11-12):

First Evidence: Illegal Intermarriage (2:11-12) (11) The sin is seen in this verse whereas the consequence is seen in verse 12. The Jews were instructed not to intermarry with Gentile nations. This had little to do with racial matters as much as it did with religious problems. Samson and Delilah is a great example of this point. Many times the godly person is influenced by foreign religions. Love may make one do crazy things, even blaspheming his or her God. It is for this reason that individuals should not marry partners that would make them “unequally yoked. (Christians married to unbelievers)” (12) The consequence is seen in verse 12. This intermarriage was a serious thing in Israel. This act would mean excommunication from the synagogue and temple. Why the emphasis on this? One, their religion had been in peril by the influence of the Babylonian Exile. The Northern Tribes of Israel had already become non-existent as they intermingled with the Assyrians. The Messianic Covenant would bring forgiveness. But, this was a serious offense for someone in that time because the nation was already trying to recover.

Second Evidence: Divorce (2:13-16A):

Second Evidence: Divorce (2:13-16A) This time, Malachi gives the consequence and then the sin where he previously gave the sin and then the consequence. (13-14) The people were worshipping the Lord, but it didn’t seem as if the Lord was accepting their worship, but why? Malachi says it is because of the lackluster emphasis they place on the family relationship. They had gotten to the point that divorce was too easy. Not only were they unfaithful to their partners, they were also unfaithful to the Lord. (15) Verse 15 is the most difficult verse to translate in Malachi. The main focus is God’s focus on building Godly families and the lack of support from the people to take marriage seriously. Our culture is placing less and less emphasis on family values. What do you think God would say to the United States of America? Is He trying to say it to us now? (16a) God is quite blunt here. He states that He “hates divorce.” The family unit has been designed by God. When it is torn apart, it is always a bad thing even though it is sometimes permitted.

When is Divorce and Remarriage Permitted?:

When is Divorce and Remarriage Permitted? When Covenant Love is Broken 8 He *said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way. 9 "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery .“ (Matthew 19:8-9, NASB) Jesus replied, “Moses permitted divorce only as a concession to your hard hearts, but it was not what God had originally intended. 9 And I tell you this, whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery—unless his wife has been unfaithful .* ( Matthew 19:8-9, NLT) When Covenant Promise is Broken 13 And if a Christian woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to continue living with her, she must not leave him. 14 For the Christian wife brings holiness to her marriage, and the Christian husband* brings holiness to his marriage. Otherwise, your children would not be holy, but now they are holy. 15 (But if the husband or wife who isn’t a believer insists on leaving, let them go. In such cases the Christian husband or wife* is no longer bound to the other, for God has called you* to live in peace.) 16 Don’t you wives realize that your husbands might be saved because of you? And don’t you husbands realize that your wives might be saved because of you ?” (1 Corinthians 7:13-16, NLT )

The Charge to Faithfulness (2:16b):

The Charge to Faithfulness (2:16b) Many were apparently guilty of divorcing their Jewish wives to marry those from other nationalities. They were risking infiltration of other religions. In our pluralistic society, some would applaud that effort. However, in God’s eyes, it draws people away from a relationship with Him.

Fourth Oracle: Hope in God (2:17-3:6):

Fourth Oracle: Hope in God (2:17-3:6) 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 ? 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. 2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth ? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: 3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. 4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years. 5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. 6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. (KJV) 17 You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, "How have we wearied Him?" In that you say, "Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and He delights in them," or, "Where is the God of justice?" 3:1 "Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming," says the LORD of hosts. 2 "But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. 3 "He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness. 4 "Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years. 5 "Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me," says the LORD of hosts. 6 "For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. (NAS95)

A. The charge of wearisome speech (2:17a) :

A. The charge of wearisome speech (2:17a) Unlike people who change in character and change in actions, God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He will never lie nor will He ever break a promise. B. Israel’s question of the charge (2:17b) C. The proof of the charge: No hope for God’s justice (2:17c) The people wanted to know how they had changed in their actions. “How have we wearied God?” The people had wearied Him because many had made a fortune from being wicked. Others wanted to know why they prospered while neglecting the Lord themselves. They wanted to know where was the justice, but they were just as guilty. They could see the faults in others but not in themselves.

D. The warning by God (3:1-5) :

D. The warning by God (3:1-5) 1. The coming of the messenger in preparation (3:1a ) Malachi now focuses his attention on the upcoming Messiah. The people were wondering, “When is He coming?” Malachi showed that the Messiah would be ushered in by a forerunner. The forerunner was John the Baptist. John would be much like a herald preparing everyone for the upcoming King. 2 . The coming of the Lord in judgment ( 3:1b-5) (1b) Malachi shows the Messiah bringing judgment before bringing peace. The Messiah would in fact be God because Malachi states that the Lord would come to His holy temple. This would be more literal than anyone could ever guess as Zechariah also prophesied, much like the theophanies of THE “Angel of the LORD”. The Messiah would bring the new covenant. The Messiah would bring the glory of God back to the temple as Ezekiel prophesied. Malachi was telling them, “Ready or not, He is coming!!!”

The warning by God (cont’d):

The warning by God (cont’d) ( 2-4) Malachi continues asking rhetorical questions. He asks, “Who can endure when He comes?” “Who can stand when He is here?” Malachi compares the Messiah to purifying agents: A refiner melts the metals to purify them and remove any debris from the metals. Likewise, the Messiah would set things straight and call people on their actions. The Messiah will also be like the purifying agent of soap. He would remove all the sins of those who entered into the New Covenant. Malachi’s prophesies of Jesus are amazing due to the accuracy of who Jesus was when He came and as He is now. ( 5 ) The Messiah would bring peace and love, but He would also bring judgment. He would bring judgment against false religions and false teachers. He would bring judgment against adulterers, thieves, crooks, and anyone who harmed an immigrant or anyone who was committed in committing sins against the Lord and humanity.

E. The basis for hope in God (3:6):

E. The basis for hope in God (3:6) God does not change. God will not break His promises. What He promises, He will deliver. God’s unchanging nature is reason for hope and a reason to trust God.

Next Week: The Finale:

Next Week: The Finale Oracles 5 and 6

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