Looking forward to Sunday! Just a heads up, Chapter 2 is packed with so much in each verse so you'll see more questions this week. PSA: We're moving the time to 1:30 PM to give those attending service more of a cushion to make it home. If possible, we're asking you to read Chapter 2 a few times this week and to challenge yourself to read all of Malachi at least once weekly throughout the study. Brandi posted a great resource in the Bible App you can add to your weekly study - you can find that here!
There are three rebukes found in Chapter 2. What is God, through Malachi, rebuking His people for?
In your own words, describe what a covenant is. What are the two different covenants discussed in Chapter 2? Who are they concerning?
Fun fact: the title "Lord of Hosts" is used more frequently in Malachi than any other book in the OT hands down (verse to usage ratio)... like it isn't even close. A). Do some light studying on the title "Lord of Hosts" (helpful resource here). B). Circle the usage of "Lord of Hosts" in Chapter 2, how many times is it used? C). Explain the impact the author was trying to communicate to the original audience by using this specific title so many times? What impact does it have on you?
Reading through Chapter 2, populate the chart below to compare Levi and the priests Malachi is addressing (because who doesn't love charts?!?!?!?! ). Hebrews 4 describes Jesus as the perfect High Preist so, referencing chapter/verse, use any book in the Bible to describe and answer the same questions about Jesus, our Great High Preist.
You have wearied the Lord with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord , and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?” Malachi 2:17 (ESV)
David Guzik cites the following quote from Boice in is his commentary for Malachi 2:17: "God is offended when people accuse Him of injustice."
Thus far, we've read and talked about questions God's people have been posing to Him. Sunday, we discussed how we could sometimes ask those same questions in our own hearts.
The end of this chapter ends with a bombshell of a question:
"Where is the God of Justice?"
In Malachi's day, folks were depressed and discouraged because it seemed like the wicked prospered and had it better than the godly. They had returned to the promised land and rebuilt the temple but didn't see the prophetic promises going down; this filled them with doubt and unbelief.
At what point(s) in your walk have you found your heart asking the same question, "where is the God of justice", (using Boice's words) accusing Him of injustice?
What helped reorient your heart?
What is a helpful way to remind yourself in times of doubt and discouragement that God is faithful?
See you soon!