GRACE BIBLE CHURCH
Robert R. McLaughlin
May 23, 2019
Pastor Rick Bettez
Positive volition toward doctrine paid off with 200 years of prosperity from 516-323 B.C., except for one period of time between 420 and 400 BC which was the period of time during the book of Malachi.
Nehemiah had been a blessing to the Jews and not only rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem but guided them back to a point of prosperity. Upon his departure the people quickly declined.
Mal 1:1 The oracle (massa‘) of the word of the LORD to Israel through Malachi.
Burden or heavy load to carry.
God’s protocol is always to offer grace before judgement and solutions before the problem. It is mankind’s arrogance that ignores the information and protocol of God’s plans.
This will be the last warning for 400 years until John the Baptist arrives! Prophets warned & spoke publicly about the word of God while the priests were to have the written word available to teach and minister to the people.
Mal 1:2 “I have loved you (‘ahab),” says the LORD. But you say, “How have You loved us?” “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the LORD. “Yet I have loved Jacob;
The Levitical Priests had to be believers and as spiritual leaders their duty and belief would carry over to those under their spiritual guidance. This is no different than what pastor-teachers carry as responsibility of duty today.
Rom 9:6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel;
Rom 9:11 for though the twins were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to His choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls,
Rom 9:13 Just as it is written, “JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED.”
Rom 5:8 But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Jhn 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
1Jhn 4:9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Mal 1:3 but I have hated (sane’) Esau, and I have made his mountains a desolation and appointed his inheritance for the jackals of the wilderness.”
God allowed Edom to become a nation yet we see they never respected or accepted the God of Israel instead they set themselves against God. In fact they mixed and mingled and sided with the Moabites and Ammonites who also opposed the God of Israel.
Esau and his descendant’s represent Unbel’s that stood in direct opposition to God’s people. God will take care of our enemies, but the secondary principle within this, is that Unbel’s had infiltrated the house of God.
This is often the case in modern day Christianity that many give lip service to God and even men behind the pulpit can preach the Gospel yet remain Unbels. Repetitive motions, rituals and words do not make someone a Bel.
Mal 1:4 Though Edom says, “We have been beaten down, but we will return and build up the ruins”; thus says the LORD of hosts, “They may build, but I will tear down; and men will call them the wicked territory, and the people toward whom the LORD is indignant forever.”
Every time God is removed from a nation’s culture they replace the one true God with false gods or idols (sex, greed, power). It is only a matter of time before that nation or even a group of people (Unbels) develop a bitter spirit toward truth (Bible Doctrine).
1Sam 14:47 Now when Saul had taken the kingdom over Israel, he fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, the sons of Ammon, Edom, the kings of Zobah, and the Philistines; and wherever he turned, he inflicted punishment.
King David defeated the Edomites in 1Kin 11:15-16, but there was one person that got away, Hadad. He escaped to Egypt and after David died he came back and tried to stir up more trouble.
Mal 1:5 Your eyes will see this and you will say, “The LORD be magnified beyond the border of Israel!”
Mal 1:6 “ ‘A son honors his father, and a servant his master. Then if I am a father, where is My honor (kabad)? And if I am a master, where is My respect?’ says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests who despise My name. But you say, ‘How have we despised Your name?’
Mal 1:6 – The father has authority but also the father has love for the son. Even if the son is not aware of this, in his love the father provides for and trains the son.
Love doesn’t stand alone, it must have respect. The more you know about God the more you respect God and the more you develop a capacity to appreciate who and what He is.
First, there must be the father & son relationship, that is phase one (salvation & respect). Then secondly there must be the servant-master concept which does take effort on the Bels part. If you respect & love the Lord, His word would have a high priority in your life.
Pastor Rick Bettez
June 29th & 30th (Sat/Sun)
33 Church Street, Sutter Creek Ca.
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