Is Thine Heart Right With God? (5 Of 14) by Ken Trivette

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#5 The Book of Malachi (5 of 14)
Ken Trivette
Malachi 2:1-3

1. There is an old invitational song written by Elisha
Hoffman that goes:

Have thy affections been nailed to the cross?
Is thy heart right with God?
Countest thou all things for Jesus but lost?
Is thy heart right with God?

Art thou now walking in heaven's pure light?
Is thy heart right with God?
Is thy soul wearing the garment of white?
Is thy heart right with God?

(Chorus) Is thy heart right with God,
Washed in the crimson flood,
Cleansed and made holy,
Humble and lowly,
Right in the sight of God?

2. The passage before us reminds me of this old song. It is
like Malachi is asking to all generations of time, "Is thy
heart right with God?"

3. The objects of Malachi's words are the priests. We read
in verse 1, "And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for
you." Both people and priests were guilty of the same sins,
but because of their responsibility as divinely appointed
leaders, Malachi arraigns the priests first in sin and

4. Malachi is very forthright when he declares the
consequences of a heart not right with God. He reminds the
people, and each of us as well, if certain things of God
are to be experienced then the heart must be right.

5. We read in verse 2, "If ye will not hear, and if ye will
not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the
Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I
will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already,
because ye do not lay it to heart." Malachi describes 3
conditions necessary to an experiencing of God's blessings.
Malachi uses the word "it" to indicate the condition for
God's blessings.

6. For one thing there must a HEARING OF GOD. The word
"hear" is one of the most important verbs in all the OT. It
is used some 1,160 times. It means to hear with attention
and obedience. It is to give undivided attention.

7. There ...

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