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#6 THE BOOK OF MALACHI (6 of 14)
TAKE MY LIFE AND LET IT BE
1. Although a Christian for a number of years, it was the
close of 1873 that Francis Ridley Havergal began to long
for a deeper knowledge of God. On a particular Sunday,
December 2, she was brought to see that she could not have
the full blessedness of a Christian life without a full
surrender to Christ. On February 1, 1874, Miss Havergal was
visiting in a home where there were 10 persons, some of
them not saved, some saved but not very happy. She became
deeply burdened that they might know the Saviour as
joyfully as she had come to know Him. Before she left, her
prayer was answered. On the last night of her stay,
February 4, she was too happy to sleep. She spent the night
writing what is probably her best known hymn:
Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days;
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
2. Malachi speaks of a consecrated life. The passage is
primarily directed to the priests (Cp.2:1) yet divinely
preserved for our hearts. We read in 1 Peter 2:9, "But ye
are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the
praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his
marvellous light." The life of the OT priests has many
similarities of the life of the NT priests. God's
instructions to the Old Testament priest has many lessons
that is helpful for the New Testament priests.
1. THE FIDELITY THAT IS PROPER!
1. We read in verse 4, "And ye shall know that I have sent
this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with
Levi, saith the Lord of hosts." Malachi reminds them of a
covenant that had been made with Levi. This was the charter
under which the tribe of Levi became the possessors of the
2. Levi is set forth as a model of a consecrated life. As
we look at Levi we learn what God expe ...
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