Archive for March 3rd, 2018

Back to the start – Malachi uses a magical phrase as the dialogue between the questioning, argumentative, returnees runs its course.  It’s a call to remember the way of devotion of the old time in Exodus and Deuteronomy when God called his people to live for Him to ‘Choose Life’ Deuteronomy 30.13.  These people are God’s Treasured Possession – mentioned several times in Deuteronomy and Exodus.  God’s devotion to us far exceeds ours to Him.  ‘Live as my treasured possession!’ Yahweh challenges through Malachi, ‘and see what I will do.  Devote yourselves to me as I am devoted to you and see what I’ll do.   Keep pure, keep doing the things I ask, Honour me and I will honour you!’ – back to the Covenant again, back to God’s outrageous grace!

‘On the day when I act,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him.’ Malachi 4:17

Over and over again these passages are all about our relationship with God, it’s the central idea throughout the Bible – that’s what’s got to be right – the behaviour of the returnees is born of a relationship gone wrong, a love grown cold in the face of hardship and disappointment.  And the Holy Spirit tugs at us as we read these verses – where am I disappointed?  Where am I compromising to get a better place in contemporary society?  Where am I not giving my all? And as a writer of these notes for perhaps 8 years now, I get a sense of Déjà vu (loved how Word just added those accents!!).  It’s actually quite simple, the message of the Bible is the message of the Cross is the message that will save the world!  God wants you.

Malachi is inspired to use some beautiful phrases when he writes about how things could be; just as vivid as the picture of God rubbing the priest’s noses in the animal dung in chapter 1!

Three stand out for me:

The windows of heaven – 3:10  God’s generosity to me

The Son of Righteousness rising with healing in his wings –  4:2 God’s healing and restoring me through Jesus

The calves let out of the stall –  4:2b God bringing me freedom and joy

Each of these there for us as we respond to Him and devote ourselves completely to Him.












How deep the Father’s love for us

How vast beyond all measure

That He should give his only Son

To make a wretch His treasure ‘                        Stuart Townend

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