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Malachi: The Messiah of Peace Prophet (Part Three):

Malachi: The Messiah of Peace Prophet (Part Three) Friendship Baptist Church Rev. Brian Chilton

Question of the Week:

Question of the Week Question 30: What does Malachi ask God to protect the people with? Answer: MADE A MISTAKE ON THIS QUESTION. I should have put “Micah” instead of Malachi. The answer was “a shepherd’s staff” but it was found in Micah 7:14. Question 31: In the book of Hosea, who was Jezreel’s grandfather?

Tonight’s Outline:

Tonight’s Outline VI. Fifth Oracle: Obey God (3:7-12) A. The charge of disobedience (3:7a) B. Israel’s question of the charge (3:7b) C. The specification of the charge: Robbery (3:8a) D. Israel’s repeated question of the charge (3:8b) E. The proof of the charge (3:8c-9) 1. The sin: Failure to give tithes and offerings (3:8c) 2. The curse (3:9) F. The promise of blessing (3:10-12) VII. Sixth Oracle: Fear God (3:13-4:3 ) A. The charge of blasphemy (3:13a) B. Israel’s question of the charge (3:13b) C. The proof of the charge: The endorsement of evil (3:14-15) D. The response of the believing remnant (3:16) E. The warning and promise of God (3:17-4:3 ) VIII . Conclusion: Be Prepared for God’s Coming (4:4-6) A. The present preparation (4:4) B. The future preparation (4:5-6)

Fifth Oracle: Obey God (3:7-12):

Fifth Oracle: Obey God (3:7-12) 7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? 8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. 12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts. 7 "From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you," says the LORD of hosts. "But you say, 'How shall we return?' 8 "Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, 'How have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings. 9 "You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! 10 "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. 11 "Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes," says the LORD of hosts. 12 "All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land," says the LORD of hosts. (NAS95)

A. The charge of disobedience (3:7a) :

A. The charge of disobedience (3:7a) God shows His faithfulness and the people’s disobedience. God is always faithful to keep His promises. However, how faithful are we to keep His covenants and commandments?

B. Israel’s question of the charge (3:7b) :

B. Israel’s question of the charge (3:7b) The people would ask “How have we disobeyed God?” It is okay to ask God questions especially about things we do not understand. Sometimes, the Bible has been misunderstood and principles misapplied because we do not seek the truth from God.

C. The specification of the charge: Robbery (3:8a) :

C. The specification of the charge: Robbery (3:8a) God then begins to list out the examples of how the people had been unfaithful to Him. Let us ask ourselves if we have been unfaithful to God. The first charge was robbery. The people wanted to know, “How have we robbed you God?” God responded, “By your tithes and offerings.” Some will ask, “Where do you get 10% for tithes?” The word “tithe” is the Hebrew word “ma’ aser ” which literally means “a tenth.” So, when we say we give our tithes, we are saying that we give a tenth of our income. This amount is supposed to be untampered . If the person wants to give more, that is acceptable. But, to give less is to rob God of what should be given to Him.

E. The proof of the charge (3:8c-9) :

E. The proof of the charge (3:8c-9) 1. The sin: Failure to give tithes and offerings ( 3:8c) As we seen in the earlier slide, the people were failing to give of their tithes and offerings. “Tithes” were 10% of their earned income. “Offerings”, or “contributions” were additional gifts given to God. 2 . The curse (3:9 ) A curse is the opposite of a blessing. A blessing means to bring grace and good things upon a person. A curse means the opposite. It means to bring harm and place division between God and the person. Someone who ends up in Hell is the epitome of cursed. Examples: Allowing disease to enter the camps, bringing droughts, holding back necessities. It should be noted that while folks are still on earth, God may bring curses to awaken the person to their need for God. When the person repents, God will remove the curse. This is different from the Prosperity Gospel. As the PG only promotes material blessings. Some of the greatest blessings of God come from the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience…etc.) It is possible that the people listened to Malachi because the tithes were restored in Nehemiah 13.

F. The promise of blessing (3:10-12):

F. The promise of blessing (3:10-12) In verse 10 God says, “Put Me to the test” (NLT). If the people only tried to see if God was faithful, the people would find that God is faithful and would bless them. Hebrew word for “blessing” is “ berakah ” which means: Treaty of peace Excellence of a person (holding in high standard Wealth (material blessings) Gifts (spiritual blessings) If the people repent and return to God, He will return to them and will pour out His blessings upon them. Again, God wants to bless us (it’s true!) God says that He has a storehouse of blessings. An unlimited supply of blessings. However, we should never say that all bad things come upon someone because of a curse. That is where the Prosperity Gospel fails miserably. Some see this as an ancient and outdated covenant, but I disagree. I agree with Barker and Kohlenberger as they write, “ Not merely would God’s people be comfortable, healthy, and happy, but because of this the Lord’s name would be honored. Whatever good happens to us should be turned into a testimony to the goodness of God. Then unbelievers will note our blessedness and be drawn to our God” (Kenneth Barker and John Kohlenberger III, Expositor’s Bible Commentary , 1548).

Sixth Oracle: Fear God (3:13-4:3):

Sixth Oracle: Fear God (3:13-4:3) 13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? 14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? 15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered. 16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. 18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. Malachi 4 1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. 3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts. (KJV) 13 "Your words have been arrogant against Me," says the LORD. "Yet you say, 'What have we spoken against You?' 14 "You have said, 'It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the LORD of hosts? 15 'So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.'" 16 Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name. 17 "They will be Mine," says the LORD of hosts, "on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him." 18 So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. Malachi 4 1 "For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze," says the LORD of hosts, "so that it will leave them neither root nor branch." 2 "But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. 3 "You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing," says the LORD of hosts. (NAS95)

A. The charge of blasphemy (3:13a) :

A. The charge of blasphemy (3:13a ) God tells the people that they had blasphemed His name. Blasphemy is a serious charge although people take it lackadaisically today. B. Israel’s question of the charge (3:13b) The people want to know how they have blasphemed God. The people had committed acts against the Lord and did not even know it.

C. The proof of the charge: The endorsement of evil (3:14-15) :

C. The proof of the charge: The endorsement of evil (3:14-15) (14) Some had bought into a version of the Prosperity Gospel. They were not immediately receiving blessings so they thought that serving God was a fluke. Even though the world does not see and appreciate all that we do, God does. Jesus says, “ Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you ” (Matthew 6:4, NLT). (15) The people began to call evil good and good evil. They had lost their focus upon the God of all creation. “You rebuke the arrogant; those who wander from your commands are cursed” (Psalm 119:21, NLT). “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good” (Romans 12:21, NASB).

D. The response of the believing remnant (3:16) :

D. The response of the believing remnant (3:16) Those who were faithful to God were gathering together and sought mutual encouragement in their fellowship. This shows the grand importance of regular church attendance. The world is cruel and harsh. We need the fellowship of fellow believers. Worship revives us and keeps us focused on the things that really matter ( ie .-faith, family, and fortitude). In the Persian tradition, rulers and courts would keep a file of scrolls that had individual names on them and events associated with them, especially those of notoriety. Likewise, God was keeping a record of the activities of the godly and faithful. He appreciates your work when no one else does.

E. The warning and promise of God (3:17-4:3):

E. The warning and promise of God (3:17-4:3) (17-18) Continuing from verse 16, God keeps a record of the faithful. This may refer to the Book of Life, but it probably refers to a book that is similar to the Book of Life and records the deeds of the faithful. God will spare His own people from judgment. His people are His treasured possession. We are God’s and He is ours. As the hymnist wrote “What a Friend We Have in Jesus!” This is similar to Jesus’ teaching of the sheep and the goats (4:1) Malachi begins to show the (Yom YHWH) or the Day of the LORD. The teaching of Hell is very similar to that of Jesus’. Jesus also compares the wicked to “chaff.” The evil will be set apart and they will be punished for their wickedness.

The Warning and Promise of God (cont’d):

The Warning and Promise of God (cont’d) (4:2-3) The “Sun of Righteousness” is an interesting term. It perhaps references the Messiah. He would be like the sunrise. He will bring healing and restoration to the people. The righteous will rule over the wicked on that day.

Conclusion: Be Prepared For God’s Coming (4:4-6):

Conclusion: Be Prepared For God’s Coming (4:4-6) 4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: 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. (KJV) 4 "Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel. 5 "Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. 6 "He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse." (NAS95)

A. The present preparation (4:4) :

A. The present preparation (4:4) (4:4) Malachi gives a reminder at the end that it is important to keep the law of God now as it was in ancient times . This would serve as a reminder of God’s faithfulness through the ages.

B. The future preparation (4:5-6) :

B. The future preparation (4:5-6) ( 4:5) Malachi gives a reminder that Elijah is coming and to be ready for the coming of the Son of God. And He answered and said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things; 12 but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands” (Matthew 17:11-12, NASB). John the Baptist would be the Elijah proclaiming the coming of the Messiah. (4:6) The Messiah would bring restoration and healing when He came. We know this healing in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Conclusion::

Conclusion: It is easy for us to get off track in our lives. Through this book and through this lesson, we see the importance of remaining true to God. We should worship the Lord by: Giving our tithes and offerings for the further activity of God’s kingdom; Support your local church by remaining faithful in attendance, this will show your faithfulness to God as well as strengthen your spiritual life; Remain faithfully obedient to the Lord by following His commandments (remember the greatest commandments are the commandments to love God and love man); And count your blessings. You are a child of God. You will have an eternity with Him and can enjoy the blessings of life through His grace.

Next Study: Hosea, The Married Prophet:

Next Study: Hosea, The Married Prophet We will see the love of God for His people in this study. This study will be a 7-part series.

Bibliography Page: These resources were used in this study:

Bibliography Page: These resources were used in this study New Living Translation Study Bible , Tyndale House Publishers: Carol Stream , IL . 2007. Barker, Kenneth L.; John R. Kohlenberger III, The Expositor’s Bible Commentary : Old Testament Abrided Edition , Zondervan Publishers : Grand Rapids, MI. 1994. Walvoord , John F., Roy B. Zuck and Dallas Theological Seminary. The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures. Wheaton, IL : Victor Books , 1983 Exported from Logos Bible Software 4, 4:02 PM May 25, 2011. Taylor, Richard A.; E. Ray Clendenen , The New American Commentary, Volume 21 A: Haggai, Malachi , Broadman and Holman Publishers: Nashville , TN . 2004 . Swanson , James. Dictionary of Biblical Languages With Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament). electronic ed. Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997. Page . Exported from Logos Bible Software 4, 12:46 PM June 15, 2011. Ellsworth , Roger. Opening Up Malachi. Leominster: Day One Publications, 2007. Page . Exported from Logos Bible Software 4, 12:48 PM June 15, 2011 . The Zondervan NASB Study Bible : 1995 Update. LaHabra , CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995 . Study Bible ; Zondervan Publishers: Grand Rapids, MI. 1999.

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