Malachi 1:2b-2:9

Malachi 1:2b-2:9

– At the Time of Malachi the Judahites were in in a self-serving mode
Mal 1:2a “I have loved you,” says the Lord. But you say, “How have you loved us?”
– God’s Answer Involves Symbolism God will move Malachi to Speak of Jacob and Esau. Where
Jacob Represents Judah and Esau Represents Edom
Mal 1:2b-3 “Is not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob 3 but
Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to
jackals of the desert 4 If Edom says, “We are shattered but we will rebuild the
ruins,” the Lord of hosts says, “They may build, but I will tear down, and they
will be called ‘the wicked country,’ and ‘the people with whom the Lord is angry
forever.’ ”
– What is the Lesson for the Judahites?
– God reveals that He has Chosen them for Temporal Mercy and not Judgment
– Did Judah Deserve Mercy? Do we? Do we Appreciate just how Great His Mercy is?
Mal 1:5   our own eyes shall see this, and you shall say, “Great is the Lord beyond the

border of Israel!”

– They were Judging God Against their Expectations of Him. Now He will Judge them Against His
Expectations…
Mal 1:6-14 A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is
my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the Lord of hosts to you,
O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your
name?’  7 By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, ‘How have we
polluted you?’ By saying that the Lord's table may be despised. 8 When you offer
blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are
lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or
show you favor? says the Lord of hosts.  9 And now entreat the favor of God,
that He may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, will he show
favor to any of you? says the Lord of hosts. 10 Oh that there were one among you
who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I
have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts, and I will not accept an offering
from your hand. 11 For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will
be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my
name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says
the Lord of hosts. 12 But you profane it when you say that the Lord's table is
polluted, and its fruit, that is, its food may be despised. 13 But you say, ‘What a
weariness this is,’ and you snort at it, says the Lord of hosts. You bring what has
been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering!
Shall I accept that from your hand? says the Lord. 14 Cursed be the cheat who
has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is
blemished. For I am a great King, says the Lord of hosts, and my name will be
feared among the nations.

– Summary of Malachi 1:6 – 1:14: The Lord’s Name is profaned by the mindset and heart of those
who are “worshiping” Him – worship that was not
genuine

Mal 2:1-6 And now, O priests, this command is for you. 2 If you will not listen, if you will
not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the Lord of hosts, then I will
send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have already
cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart.  3 Behold, I will rebuke your
offspring, and spread dung on your faces, the dung of your offerings, and you
shall be taken away with it. 4 So shall you know that I have sent this command to
you, that my covenant with Levi may stand, says the Lord of hosts. 5 My
covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him. It was a
covenant of fear, and he feared me. He stood in awe of my name. 6 True
instruction was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked
with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity.

– Summary of Malachi 2:1-2:6 – The Leaders were Teaching Falsely
Mal 2:7-9 For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek
instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts. 8 But
you have turned aside from the way. You have caused many to stumble by your
instruction. You have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the Lord of hosts 9
and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you do
not keep my ways but show partiality in your instruction.”

– Summary of Malachi 2:7-2:9 – The leaders were False teachers and the People were thus

victimized by their teaching

– Overall Summary
– The Judahites challenged God’s Love for them…
– in return, Challenges the Judahites love for God
– They wanted the blessings from God but not God Himself
– The Judahites wanted Glory for themselves and did not want to honor the Glory of God
and We Should Take Heed of this Lesson
Big Picture
– Let us NEVER doubt the Love of God for us…
– He has chosen for us Eternal Mercy when we deserve condemnation
– Let us not measure God’s Love for us in our own terms
– May we Recognize that God knows better how to Love us than we do
– What we should question is our love for the Lord
– Do we desire His glory or our own?
– Is our worship genuine?
– Is our teaching Biblical and complete?
1 Timothy 1:17

To the King of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be all honor and glory

forever and ever. Amen.

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