by Daniel Rodgers

Words Do Mean Everything
Daniel Rodgers
Malachi 3:13-18

INTRODUCTION: The background and setting for this story takes place in Jerusalem, with the restored remnant having returned to Israel from Babylonian captivity. Malachi is the last of the Old Testament prophets to Israel. From the book of Malachi in the Old Testament, to the book of Matthew in the New Testament, there would be 400 years of silence, when God would no longer speak to His people-not through the prophets, not by dreams, visions or spoken Word. Israel would not hear from God again, until the time of the birth of His Son, Jesus. But what He had to say in this last prophecy was enough to last them for 400 years. They certainly had time to think it over.

Our message this morning breaks down into two parts-God's discussion concerning the unfaithful and a remembrance of those who truly loved Him and followed Him.

I. God Heard Their Complaint
II. God Remembered Their Conversation


It is important for us to remember that God knows what we think and He hears what we say, be it good or bad; He is omniscient. In Eccles. 5:2, the Bible says, ''Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.''

HUMOR: A father passed his little girl's room one night and overheard her repeating the alphabet.

What on earth are you up to?'' he asked. ''I'm saying my prayers, daddy,'' she explained. ''But I can't think of exactly the right words tonight, so I'm just saying all the letters. God will put them together for me, because He knows what I'm thinking.''

That's rather humorous little story, but the little girl was right; God does knows our thoughts and He is aware of what we are thinking and what we are saying.

What Israel had been saying was not good nor was it funny. They had been complaining against God. Of course, since they had no faith in Go ...

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