Tuesday, June 15, 2010

GOD'S MAN IS IN TUNE WITH GOD

Malachi is important as it tells of the Messianic age when the hearts of men would be turned back to God. The coming Elijah, who was John the Baptist, would "restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers" (Mal. 4:6). And in this age of restoration, men would fear God and would "again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him" (Mal. 3:18).

Integral to this restoration was the man of God whether he be called preacher, priest, or shepherd of the flock. As the example Levi is praised by the Lord because "true instruction was in his mouth" and he "walked with God in peace and uprightness, and he turned many back from iniquity" (Mal. 2:6). Because Levi was in tune with the will of God, he blessed those he taught and people were saved.

In Malachi's day the spiritual leaders had turned away from the commands and had caused the people to stumble (Mal. 2:8). What a sad contrast. And the priests were cursed because of their irreverence. "So I have made you despised and abased before all the people, just as you are not keeping my ways..." (Mal. 2:9). The consequence to turning from God is devastating.

Now that it is many years after Christ, many of us have learned the importance of Malachi because we still respect the commands of Jesus Christ so that we do not add to God's Word. We do not presumptuously approve what God has not authorized. In reverence for God, we speak where the Bible speaks. By our love for God and for His Word, we are confident to draw near to Him in worship, to know that what we offer is pleasing to Him. That's a good place to be, in tune with God's will. Thank you, Lord.

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  1. Anonymous10:31 AM

    Excellent, bro. brian rayburn

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