Saturday, 14 December 2013

Malachi 1-4

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

1:8 When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.

The parallel to human relationships is helpful here. We treat God in ways that we wouldn't treat our boss/leader. Yet we should be treating God better than any human leader since he has done so much for us.

Susan said...

2:13 Another thing you do: You flood the Lord’s altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer looks with favor on your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands.

They weep and wail but do not repent. There is no change of heart. Remorse is not repentance.

Susan said...

3:6 I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.

God does not change his character. Therefore we can know he will continue to show compassion, grace and mercy. We can trust his character even when we are not sure about his actions.

Susan said...

4:2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves.

God will restore. After being attacked and oppressed, the enemy will be defeated and those who revere the Lord will experience God's healing power.

His healing power gives energy to frolic! Not just enough to heal but energy to spare, enough energy to frolic.