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Everyone Has Not Gone Bad (12 of 14)
Series: The Book of Malachi
1. A man fell asleep on his job. Someone slipped in and rubbed Limburger cheese under his nose. When he woke up he said, ''It stinks in here.'' He went into the next room and said, ''It stinks in here also.'' He stepped outside and said, ''The whole world stinks.''
2. With the Church scandals and the fall of prominent Church leaders in recent years, it is no wonder that the world feels that everyone is bad and the whole religious world stinks.
3. Even as Christians I know at times that it is easy to feel that no one is really walking with God, hungry for God, dedicated to God, and seeking after God. Elijah felt like he was the only that had been faithful to God. Yet God reminded him that there were 7000 that had not bowed their knee to Baal.
4. In Malachi's day there were many that were displeasing to God, but there was a group that was delightful to God. As you read the book of Malachi one would get the impression that everyone in his day had turned from God. Yet Malachi reminded them of those that had been true to God.
5. Everybody had not gone bad. Even today when it seems that few seem to really care about the lost and are committed to the Lord, there are those who have been and are faithful to the Lord.
6. [Cp.Vs.16a]... In spite of those that failed God, there were those that feared God. The word ''fear'' means, ''to be in awe or reverence.'' There were many that were that were a reproach to God, yet there were those that were reverent of God. In spite of the fact that God held a low place in many a heart, there were those in which He held a lofty place.
7. Malachi says ''They spake often one to another.'' In 3:13, we saw that the people of Malachi's day met in little groups and talked about God, there were those who met often and thought on God. Instead of meeting in attacks on God, they met in awe of God.
8. Malachi adds that they '' ...
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