by Jim Perdue

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The Book of Remembrance (9 of 10)
Series: Going through the Motions
Jim Perdue
Malachi 3:16-18


Throughout this entire OT book, we see God's people Going Through the Motions. They don't love God, worship Him, serve Him, or obey Him but they think because they're outwardly religious that it's enough. It's not enough. And God calls Malachi to confront these apathetic and hypocritical people.

But there's a bright spot in this book. In the midst of all the judgment and darkness, there is a ray of hope. In the midst of all the ''arrogant…evildoers'' the Bible reveals another group of people. They are ''those who feared the Lord and esteemed His name.''

God had rebuked the priests and the people for ''profaning'' or ''despising'' His name (1:6,11) And this entire prophecy has been spoken against those who disregarded the Lord. But here, it is revealed that there are still those who worship the Lord.

*Do you remember the story of Elijah in 1 Kings? After he confronted and defeated the prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel he had to run and hide for his life from the wicked queen, Jezebel. Elijah said to the people, ''I, even I only, am left a prophet of the LORD…'' Later, he decided that he was better off dead. In 1 Kings 19:4, he says, ''It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life…'' Elijah felt like he was all alone. He sought refuge in a cave. Twice, God asked, ''What are you doing here, Elijah?'' (1 Kings 19:9,13). Both times the prophet answered, ''I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.'' (1 Kings 19:10, 14). Elijah thought he was all alone. But God did two things. He brought Elisha for Elijah to mentor as a prophet and he reminded him that he was not. ''Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.'' (1 Kings 19:18). God tells Elijah, ''You are not alone, I have not forgotten you.''

No matter how dark it gets, there are still th ...

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