malachi’s ministry- Part II ‘the need for the messenger’

Malachi’s Ministry Part II – ‘The Need For The Messenger’

 

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? and how shall they preach except they be sent? Romans 10:14-15

The messenger was sent by God to rebuke His people for their foolish worship. They had polluted the worship of Jehovah by offering sacrifices unto the Lord that were blind, lame and sick. This was clearly forbidden in God’s law… their sacrifice was to be without spot and without blemish.

They not only brought the worst of the offering but they viewed their worship of Jehovah as a toilsome event, it was weariness unto them; they snuffed at (belittled) it. It is safe to say they went to church but while the songs were a singing and the preacher was a preaching, they really wished they were somewhere else doing something else. To look and listen they gave the appearance of being sincere. They had the external trappings but something greater was missing. They had drawn close to the Lord with their mouth and their lips, but they had removed their hearts was far from Him. This is not the way the Lord wants it. Our worship and service for Him should originate from a willing heart. cf. Exodus 35:29 God looks beyond the external to see if there is a willing and joyful spirit in the heart.  

God admonished them to give the same sacrifice and service that they were giving to Him to the Governor and see if “he would be pleased with thee or accept thy person?” The answer of course would be, absolutely not! If we performed in our secular responsibilities, (jobs) with the same faithfulness and vigor that we serve our Lord, we would probably be unemployed. To be quite honest, we would have been fired a long time ago. This unfaithful spirit warrants great condemnation- comparable to the lukewarm Laodician spirit (Rev.3:14-22) that we see in the church in America.  

Although all the people were guilty of this profane worship, God focused His attention on the responsibility of the priest. They had despised His name by not holding true to His word and accepting nothing less than total obedience. The priest were the ones given the responsibility for turning the people back to God in truth and giving glory to His name.

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