MALACHI 3

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Malachi 3:8-11

GIVING WITH INTEGRITY

 

We have all met people who have lacked integrity.  Some lack moral integrity. Others lack integrity in their business dealings.   There are even some pastors who lack integrity because they do not practice what they preach.  The Jews of Malachi's day lacked integrity in the area of giving to God's work. Many today lack integrity in this same area.

Remember, a lack of integrity is also a lack of honesty.

 

GOD'S ACCUSATION - Vs. 8

The Jews had robbed God because they had failed to give as God had prescribed.

 

GOD'S ACTION - Vs. 9

God had cursed the nation because of their failure to give.

 

GOD'S ADVICE - Vs. 10a

The one who is not giving properly should start to give with integrity. (1 Corinthians 9:6-7).

 

GOD'S ASSURANCE - Vs. 10b

God will give great blessing when we give properly.

 

 

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Malachi 3:8-12

STOP THIEF!

 

Israel was robbing God by not giving Him his tithes and offerings.

When we fail to cheerfully give to the Lord's work, we too, are robbing God.

 

CHARGE OF ROBBERY Vss. 8-9

CALL TO REPENTANCE Vs. 10

CERTAINTY OF REWARD Vss. 11-12

 

 

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Malachi 3:8-11

A REMINDER FROM GOD

 

God reminds us here of the importance of giving to His work.

 

CHARGE OF ROBBERY Vss. 8-9

CALL TO REPENTANCE - Vs. 10a

CERTAINTY OF RETRIBUTION (OR REWARD) Vss. 10b-11

 

 

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Malachi 3:16-17

GOD'S JEWELS

 

When we want to pay someone a compliment we might say, "That person is a real jewel!"

We mean the person is precious or valuable to us because of positive qualities the person possesses.

 

God has his "jewels", as verse 17 states.  They are those who are precious to God because they have responded properly to Him. According to verse 16, God's jewels:

 

FEAR HIM - This would include fearing Him enough to trust Christ as Savior. See Luke 12:4-7 and Ephesians 2:8-9.

 

FELLOWSHIP WITH OTHER BELIEVERS - The people in this verse talked often to each other, indicating their agreement about the things of God. They would have encouraged each other.

We are to fellowship with each other as Christians. See Acts 2:42, Hebrews 3:12-13, and Hebrews 10:24-25.

 

FOCUS ON HIM - These people "...thought upon his name." See John 15:1-7, Psalm 1:2-3 and Isaiah 26:3.

 

It is interesting to note that permanent record is made in Heaven "...for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name."

 

 

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Malachi 3:16-4:6

SUNSHINE

 

We like the sun! There's nothing like a bright sunny day after a snow storm to show off nature's beauty. There's nothing like sunshine to accent the coming out of the leaves and flowers in the spring. There's nothing like sunshine to highlight a summer day at the beach!  There's nothing like sunshine to bring out the beauty of fall colors.

 

Even in life's relationships we refer to sunshine.

An old song goes,

 

"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine,

You make me happy when skies are gray,

Oh you don't know dear, how much I love you,

Please don't take my sunshine away."

 

We use sunshine as a spiritual application as well,

Eliza E. Hewitt wrote:

"There is sunshine in my soul today,

More glorious and bright

Than glows in any early sky,

For Jesus is my light.

 

"O there's sunshine, blessed sunshine,

While the peaceful happy moments roll;

When Jesus shows His smiling face,

There is sunshine in my soul."

 

The passage before us deals primarily with prophecy concerning future events in the life of Israel, and the one who will bring this to pass. He will rule, reign and be all that Israel would ever want. He is the Lord Jesus, THE SON OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.  He is the future sunshine for Israel, and the sunshine for Christians now.

 

A FAITHFUL REMNANT - 3:16-17

God always has a remnant of faithful people who will follow Him no matter what.

 

A FEARFUL RESULT - 4:1

The Day of the Lord is coming!

 

A FUTURE REIGN - 4:2-3

See Isaiah 11.

 

A FINAL REMINDER - 4:4

Those waiting for Jesus to come are to remain obedient.

 

A FORTHCOMING RESTORER - 4:5-6

 

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