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Malachi Ė Debating God

Malachi 3:16

Background

A. Malachi = ďMy MessengerĒ - Perhaps a priest, but little is known of him.

B. Prophesied to Judah circa 400 B.C.

C. The last of Godís prophets for nearly 400 years. The next would be John the Baptist.

(3:1)

Outline

  1. Debating with God (Seven ďWhereinĒs)

    1. Questioning Godís Love - 1:2

    2. Questioning Godís Assessment of Their Attitude - 1:6

    3. Questioning Godís Assessment of Their Offerings - 1:7

    4. Questioning Godís Assessment of Their Life View - 2:17

    5. Questioning Godís Assessment of Their Backsliding - 3:7

    6. Questioning Godís Assessment of Their Giving - 3:8

    7. Questioning Godís Assessment of Their Selfish Service - 3:13

  2. Affirmation of the LORDís Love (1:2-5)

  3. Accusations made by the LORD (1:6-2:17)

    1. Corrupted Priesthood (1:6-2:9)

    2. Compromised People (2:10-17)

      1. God is the Father of all by virtue of creation only.

      2. The sin of mixed (various religions) marriages.

      3. The sin of divorce.

  4. Announcements from the LORD (3:1-4:6)

    1. The Messiah and His Predecessor (3:1-6)

    2. A Plea for Repentance (3:7-15)

    3. Characteristics of God-fearing people (3:16-18)

    4. Future Judgment and Glory (4:1-6)

Some Lessons

  1. There is no point in arguing with God. He is right.

  2. God cares about your family. (2:15-16)

  3. Man is prone to see himself as good. (2:17)

  4. Obedience in giving to Godís work results in God blessings. (3:10)

  5. Serving God is profitable (productive and good) whether we see results or not. (3:14)




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