With God âis no variableness, neither shadow of turning.â What ever his attributes were of old, they are now; his power, his wisdom, his justice, his truth, are alike unchanged. So that (term of purpose or result) - This phrase (occurs 580x in the NAS) always expresses purpose and should cause us to pause and ponder what is the purpose and how is the purpose accomplished. But let justice roll down like waters And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. The psalmist knew of such a book as well (Ps 56:8). âThe name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is set on high.â (Pr 18:10) When the king has failed, the priest is corrupted, and the prophet is silent; when the national power has declined and we are bewailing the failure of our age, then let us think on the Name, take an inventory in the Name, count it as our wealth, take time to go over our wealth in order to discover how rich we are. Indeed, our prayers are a spiritual offering. Proverbs 13:19 Desire realized is sweet (Lxx = eduno = to please, gladden, be sweet) to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to turn away from evil. Psalm 104:34 Let my meditation be pleasing (Lxx = eduno = to please, gladden, be sweet) to Him; As for me, I shall be glad in the LORD. The unexpected coming of Christ, partially fulfilled at His first advent, will be accomplished in full at His Second Coming (cf. Are you one of them? This site is a proud member of the Salem Web Network, a subsidiary of Salem Media Group. âD. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. 2:8-9). All rights reserved), "We love You, Lord Jesus," we often will say, The Lord âs Love for Israel. Then if I am a father, where is My honor? They are drawn to obedient believers who know the joy of Godâs delightful blessings. When he declares, 'My kingdom is not of this world,' my kingdom is a spiritual kingdom, a kingdom of righteousness, peace, and joy, who shall abide? To try gold, persons, the hearts (1Chr 29:17, Ps 7:9, 17:3), sons of men (both righteous and wicked = Ps 11:4-5) or man of God. I am the voice crying in the wilderness--behold the Lamb!' 23:20; 33:2; 1Ki. (Nu 18:21). It's our only hope! Malachi 3:7. We are called upon to give to God that which belongs to Him. (Rev 1:7-note) (Related resource - Imminency), Sit implies the refining requires great care. His providences may change, His heart cannot. 12:6; Prov. Not only are we to receive and share Godâs love, we are also to return it through glad obedience. This promise to rebuke the devourer is connected with their bringing of the whole tithe into the storehouse and "testing" God's goodness and ability to provide bountifully. The English word translated as "jewels" in verse 17 is not entirely wrong, but it is not a precise translation of what the Hebrew word, segullah (Strong's #5459, transliterated in various ways), really means. Malachi 3:10 "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. In Scripture bachan is used almost exclusively in this moral/spiritual sense meaning to try, search out, examine or prove one's spiritual heart or character. Pay attention! While "before Me" could be before the omniscient gaze of the Father, it makes more sense to see this as Jesus. In Mal 3:7 the Lxx translates shub/sub (for both uses of return) with epistrepho which means to revert, to turn about, to turn around, to turn toward, to return and figuratively to convert. 19:13; Deut. At the time of Henry's neglect of Queen Anne Boleyn, and his undisguised preference for Jane Seymour, the bishops brought, according to custom, their New Year's gifts to court. Zechariah 12:10-commentary describes a future purification (see also Daniel 12:10 below)â¦, And I (God) will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that (here is the purpose of the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit) they will look on Me (Messiah - see below for Rev 1:7) whom they have pierced (dÄqÄrÃ» = âdrive through, pierce, stab, run through, i.e., make physical impact with a sharp implementâ); and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born. By faith in Jesus Christ we can have a relationship with the unchanging God, who says of Himself in Malachi 3:6, "I am the Lord, I do not change." (13-18)1-6 The first words of this chapter seem an answer to the scoffers of those days. 7 v From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Such seems to have been the case with Malachi's readers. (Lk 1:15-17+) (See summary of John the Baptist), The Messenger of the covenant (Angel of the Covenant) - While His title "Adonai" points to Messiah's role as King, "Messenger" points to His role as Prophet. Then they were rubbed with fuller's soap, which whitened them and took out the spots. The righteous may suffer now, but a glorious deliverance for them lies ahead.". Frankly, we could use the money, both for ongoing budget expenses and to meet our need for more property and facilities. (He Is Like a Refiner's Fire), The Lord is adon which when preceded the definite article (hÃ¤Â´Ã¤dÃ´n, cf use in Mal 1:6) always signifies deity (cf Ex. The persistence and commitment of the man eventually paid off. And yet they still fail to see God's point, questioning His accusation. MacKay sums up this passage - What is needed is that reverential fear of God that shows a heart submissive before Him, and trusting in Him (Ed: Messiah) and His provision for all our needs. MacKay explains that their question "presents a revealing insight into their mentality. Solomon remarks in his prayer at the dedication of the temple that it is silly to think of that house as containing God since the heaven of heavens cannot contain him (1Ki 8:27; 2Chr 2:6; 6:18). They were to "render to God the things that are God's." However, because God has a purpose that He has been working out from the very beginning, He looked beyond what these people were doing to destroy and remove themselves from His purpose. Cp Ps 46:10,11-see Spurgeon's note!) "They thought of Me when in the midst of a perverse people, who said, It is vain to serve the Lord" (v. 14). Bible verses by topic. In this context Jehovah is going to address their blasphemous questions in Malachi 2:17-note and His reply should get their attention! The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia). (1Jn 4:8, 16). God seeks to remove from his people all wickedness and sin so that they can endure his holy presence. We need Him to send the heavenly rains upon us one more time. In other words, to withhold the tithe from God and in effect from His servants the Levites who were totally dependent on this gift, was tantamount to withholding from God Himself! (1 John 5:14-15+) Beloved, may God be pleased to open the windows of Heaven and pour out upon us the spiritual blessings including the blessing of personal, corporate and national revival in Jesus' Name. So the Lord hearkens when we talk of Him. How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who greatly delights in His commandments. Precious is the assurance that he changes not! The old gentleman stood hesitatingly, as if he had not heard the request It was repeated in a louder voice, but there was no response. And so in Malachi, chazaq seems to picture a conflict between Israel's words and God's will. Such worshipers are Godâs âjewelsâ (v.17). If God had changed His purpose, the sons of Jacob would indeed have been consumed. (Ge 14:20), Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORDâS; it is holy to the LORD. Notice that fear of the LORD is a key phrase (mentioned twice). It seems best understood as meaning that remission (lit. They thought upon His name. Jeremiah 12:3 But You know me, O LORD; You see me; And You examine (Lxx = dokimazo) my heart's attitude toward You. No earthly trial can sever. Mal. Dt 28:12; 32:34; Josh 6:19, 24; 1Ki 7:51; 14:26; 15:18; 2Ki 12:18; 14:14; 16:8; 18:15; 20:13, 15; 24:13; 1Chr 9:26; 26:20, 22, 24, 26; 27:25, 27f; 28:12; 29:8; 2Chr 5:1; 8:15; 11:11; 12:9; 16:2; 25:24; 32:27; 36:18; Ezra 2:69; Neh 7:70f; 10:38; 12:44; 13:12f; Job 38:22; Ps 33:7; 135:7; Pr 8:21; 10:2; 15:16; 21:6, 20; Isa 2:7; 30:6; 33:6; 39:2, 4; 45:3; Jer 10:13; 15:13; 17:3; 20:5; 38:11; 48:7; 49:4; 50:25, 37; 51:13, 16; Ezek 28:4; Dan 1:2; Hos 13:15; Joel 1:17; Mic 6:10; Mal 3:10. We get sloppy about sin. Jehovah Nissi. And so in light of Israel's refusal to return to Him, He now points out a glaring example of their refusal. (Isa. The King is coming!â As 1 John 3:3 tells us, âEveryone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.â (Malachi 2:17-3:6 What to Do When Evil Prevails). (cf Jer 31:31-32, 33-34), Comment: Zechariah is not speaking of the church but of literal Israel, those Jews who are alive just prior to the Second Coming of the Messiah. So men who retain Godâs money in their treasuries will find it a losing possession. 37 âFor what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? The first is fellowship with Godâs people; the second is fellowship with God Himself. Weâre better off to keep the 10 percent for ourselves. Judges 7:4-note Then the LORD said to Gideon, "The people are still too many; bring them down to the water and I will test (Lxx = ekkathairo = clean out, cleanse, purge out) them for you there. Itâs easy to say, âWonât it be great when Jesus comes again?â But if our personal and family lives are not right with God, we will be terrified at Jesusâ coming, because He is holy and He will judge everyone. It was the name. 22:18; Lev. Malachi 3:2. (Smelting), Purge - to free from guilt or moral or ceremonial defilement; to make free from something unwanted; To cleanse or purify by separating and carrying off whatever is impure, heterogeneous, foreign or superfluous; to remove by a cleansing process. Paul exhorted Timothy (lest he forget)â¦, But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. Not Bugs Bunny's nemesis, but the animal that haunts the dark nights of the island. (qal) plan, plot, purpose, devise, i.e., think about a course of action in some detail (1Sa 18:25); (piel) plan, plot (Pr 16:9; 24:8); (4) (piel) be on the verge, begin, i.e., be on the beginning of a course of action, as a figurative extension of reckoning in a logical way (Jonah 1:4) (A Dictionary of Biblical Languages w- Semantic Domains- Hebrew). The first is by our weekly tithes and offerings, and that is one of the most important disciplines in the Christian life. Come, come! When preceded by the Hebrew negative particle (lo') chamal means to do something ruthlessly (Isa 30:14; Lam 2:2) or without any restraint (Jer. 57:14; 62:10). The basis is the immutability of God. Profit (01215) (betsa) is used largely in a negative sense and means dishonest, illegal or unjust gain, ill gotten gain, gain made by violence (Jdg 5:19, Mic 4:13), a sin to be avoided (Ge 37:26; Ex 18:21; 1Sa 8:3; Ps. In that crucial OT passage, the Lxx translates the Hebrew chasab/hasab with the Greek verb logizomai which means to take an accounting of something. But Thou Art what Thou Art. J. Baldwin adds that "He who once loved Jacob (Mal 1:2) did not cease to love his sons, though they continued to take after their father and were cheats and supplanters (Ge 25:31â33; Ge 27:18â29, 36; cf. Maaser is related to the numerical adjective eser (04643) used in 157 passages in the OT most often with the meaning of the number ten. Even so. One could say that the LORD God was âcomingâ in or by sending the messengers. Esteem (02803) (chasab/hasab) means to consider, to think, to calculate, to reckon oneself, to impute. We never went away from Him, did we?â, Return to Me - We see the same divine accusation and offer echoed in another post-exilic book, Zechariah recording, The LORD was very angry with your fathers. So bring your offering of prayer into the storehouse and God will open the windows of heaven and pour out blessing until it overflows! Daniel 11:35-note "Some of those who have insight will fall, in order to refine (tsaraph), purge and make them pure (laben - make white) until the end time; because it is still to come at the appointed time. 27:31). But you say, 'How have we robbed You?' Praise God for the gift of the Spirit's giving us the desire and the power to repent and return! And from this faithful God of love He came running (not walking) to Jesus and asked, âGood Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?â What a witnessing opportunity! If people didnât want to carry heavy produce all the way to the temple, they could convert it into cash, but they had to add 20 percent to it just to make sure they werenât making a profit and robbing God (Lev. Below is C H Spurgeon's "answer" to this questionâ¦. 8:10). When Jesus comes and glory dawns, The eagle who robbed the altar set fire to her nest from the burning coal that adhered to the stolen flesh. 6:21-note). (Read MacArthur's sermon on "The Cleansing of Israel"). (Nahum 1:6), Then Nahum answered his own question declaring thatâ¦, The LORD is good, a Stronghold in the day of trouble (Hebrew = tsarah = distress, affliction; Lxx = tribulation = thlipsis), and He knows those who take refuge in Him. That preparation involved preaching repentance so that people would be ready for the Messiah. (Psalm 51:17-19-note). But there is a second way. 89:34; the same Hebrew word for âviolateâ is used in both texts).". While these words in Malachi were clearly addressed to Israel and thus apply directly to them, as with all Scripture, while there is one accurate interpretation, there can be many applications. My Name. The preceding chapter (Malachi 2) is filled with rebuke and judgment against both the priests and the people for their sins. âBrowning. The $100 bill asked, âWhatâs a church?â (See Full Sermon), Alan Carr in sermon on Joel 2 - There Is the Promise of Revival (Joel 2:23-25). Who has worked harder than anybody to earn such a blessing! The second individual mentioned is Jehovah's messenger who prepares the way. I would not argue with that interpretation. use Malachi 3:10 to teach âstorehouse tithing.â One Baptist commentator says, âSo-called storehouse tithing does have a sound basis in this verse.â The idea is that the church is the storehouse where you are supposed to give ten percent of your income. 7:51; Jer. Jehovah Shammah. When we demoralize Godâs workers (Malachi 3:13-4:6).
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