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There Is Coming a Day (6 of 10)
Series: Going through the Motions
We've been steadily studying the OT book of Malachi for several weeks now. Tonight, we begin chapter 3 and look at Malachi 2:17-3:5 as we think about the subject, There is Coming a Day. READ TEXT
Between Malachi 2 that deals with the sin of the people in divorcing their spouses and marrying unbelievers and Malachi 3 that deals with their sin of robbing God of tithes and other obligations, there is a section dealing with the coming of the Lord judgment.
The verses begin with an exchange that should be familiar by now to any student of Malachi. Seven times in this book God makes a statement either directly or indirectly critical of the people, and they reply by challenging the statement.
In 1:2 God tells the people, ''I have loved you.'' They respond by asking, ''How have you loved us?'' The second and third exchanges occur just verses later. God says, ''It is you, O priests, who show contempt for my name.'' The priests reply, ''How have we shown contempt for your name?'' God answers. READ 1:6-7
We find this same type of exchange at the beginning of this section, where it says that the people ''have wearied the Lord with [their] words.'' They reply, ''How have we wearied him?''
God is offended that the people accuse him of injustice. They say, ''All who do evil are good in the eyes of the Lord, and he is pleased with them.'' That is, the wicked prosper. And they imply, ''We who do good [they considered themselves to have been quite good] are evil in the eyes of the Lord, and he is not pleased with us.''
The people of God ask this question, ''Where is the God of justice?'' What they mean is this: ''Why are wicked people winning and righteous people suffering?'' And their conclusion is, ''God must not really care about us and He doesn't seem to mind about those who do evil.''
But in Malachi 3:1-5 God promises that one day, the wi ...
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