December 31, Reading 2 – Malachi 3:8-4:6

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SAA Notes

Robbing God! These words startle now as then. How do I rob God? This is a good question to ask yourself. 4:5,6 closes the Old Testament with the coming of John the Baptist prophesied. John the Baptist opens the New with his testimony of Jesus.

SJA Notes

So much promise in this reading, so much of God’s justice and His love.

This was a word for Israel, as they went into hundreds of years of quiet before Jesus.

And it is absolutely a word for us, as we walk this road today.

“The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.”

This truth is layered over at the end of the New Testament too (Revelation 19-20).

The end of things for those who are outside of Christ, it is fire. The lake of fire that burns with sulfur.

As we end the year, this is good for us to be reminded of. That our unbelieving friends and family need Jesus!

“But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.”

This is Jesus, the SON OF RIGHTEOUSNESS!

And He rises with healing in His wings – He has bought us, healed us, whistled for us to call us home.

We are His sheep, He is our Good Shepherd.

  • Father God,

As we finish another year, we give You thanks!

Thank You for saving us, for healing us. Thank You for Jesus, the Son of righteousness. Thank You for Your word, that encourages and convicts us. Thank You for Your Spirit, who writes Your Spirit upon our hearts.

Please bless and keep us for another year.

Amen.

December 29, Reading 2 – Malachi 1:1-2:9

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SAA Notes

What offerings should we bring Him in worship? Be generous towards God with our heart, time, talents, possessions. These are searching chapters regarding hypocrisy between profession of honouring/respecting God and my actual practice.

SJA Notes

As we enter the final book in the old testament, the message of the Lord doesn’t tone down or lower in intensity. If anything, it ramps up!

The Lord calls out false worship, polluted offerings, despising His Name.

And then He looks at the church, at the priests.

Look at the characteristics God thinks a priest should have (remembering that we are to be priests, 1 Peter 2), “He stood in awe of my name. True instruction was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips.”

This should be true for us!

“He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity.”

Again, we should be as this. This is our calling. And more,

“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.”

As with Jesus, so with us. As He spoke God’s word, so should we.

And in whatever situation the Lord places us, we can refute lies and folly with the knowledge of God and bring His message to those around us.

  • Father God,

Thank You that in and through Jesus we are through the strait gate, on the narrow way. Your way.

We pray for those around us. Please save them.

And for those in the church who are wolves, those who despise Your Name and cause many to stumble – Lord please restrict this evil, and Lord, please break their hearts and cause them to repent and believe in You.

Please save those around us Lord God, for Your Name’s sake, for Your glory.

Amen.