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September 20 - Evening

[Malachi] "You have wearied the Lord with your words."
[People] “How have we wearied him?” you ask.
[Malachi] By saying: “All who do evil are good in the eyes of the Lord, and he is pleased with them”
“Where is the God of justice?"
[The Lord Almighty] "I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,”
says the Lord Almighty.

- Malachi 2:17-3:1

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Lord You are Seeking Will Suddenly Come!...
Are You Sure That's What You Want?

Today’s text exposes the attitude behind many people and their cultures that except immorality, oppression and sin. In the verses (2:10-16) leading up to Malachi’s statement in 2:17 God
accuses the people of profaning the covenant, committing an abomination and profaning the sanctuary. God also says the people are faithless, hypocritical in worship, faithless to their
wives and violent. Malachi exposed the reason for this behavior occurring in Jerusalem and
Judah around 500 BC when he told the people, “You have wearied the Lord with your words.”
The people’s words exposed the attitude of their hearts. This attitude had allowed them to quickly
slip back into sin after having returned from captivity only 30-40 years before.

The people had come to accept the false philosophy and erroneous theology that God does not
get involved in human activity or intervene in history by doing something as simplistic as blessing
the obedient and punishing the wicked. The people actually believed that the theology concerning
the justice of God was mere rhetoric for synagogue class or Torah studies. The people had
concluded that God is pleased to bless those who do evil as well as those who are righteous,
if God is even active in blessing people at all.

God responded with a pronouncement when the people asked, “Where is the God of justice?”
God said, “Suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple.” This concept lines up
with Peter’s words in Second Peter 3:9:

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he
is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

The Lord says through Malachi, “I will send my messenger (John the Baptist), who will prepare
the way before me (Matthew 3:3). Then suddenly the Lord (Jesus Christ) you are seeking
(the people of Malachi’s day were longing for the Lord to get involved) will come to his temple
(30 AD, Matthew 21:12 when Jesus cleared the Temple courts); the messenger of the covenant,
who you desire, will come. “

But, when the Lord, the messenger of the covenant came in 30 AD to his temple like the people wanted, they were not pleased with him. The justice they were seeking came exactly 40 years
later, when in 70 AD the Lord’s judgment brought Rome against them to destroy the city and the Temple. It is best to always figure into your equations and decisions the justice of God.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“I regard my research as
a loving duty to seek the
truth in all things, in so far
as God has granted.”

– Astronomer Nicolas Copernicus







Something to Ponder??
In the 1300’s the church burned people for teaching their children the
Lord’s Prayer and the
Ten Commandments
in English.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Stratiotes (Gr) - Soldier (Eng) - Stratiotes comes from the Greek word stratos
meaning "to spread" which led to it meaning "to spread out camp."
From there the word stratos began to refer to "an army."
The English word "strategy" comes from here because it deals with
the spreading out of the army in the battle will take place.
Paul compares Timothy's ministry to the life of a stratiotes or a soldier.


The Philistines killed King Saul and his sons (1 Samuel 31:8-10) on Mount Gilboa
and hung their bodies on
the wall of Beth Shean
(or, Beth Shan). The Philistines invaded Israel,
but did not occupy the
land. These events agree
with archaeological finds
at Beth Shean.

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do hardships or opposition tend to make me stop, turn around or go the other way?
I will consider some hardships necessary for attaining the things God has called me to.
  "Take the garment of one
who puts up security for a stranger;
 hold it in
pledge if it is done
for an outsider."
- Proverbs 1:20
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Luke 15 Zechariah 1-2
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Conviction of Sin
and Error
Vision and Support for effective World Missions

Military Generals

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Nigeria - Muslim extremist in North; armed militias in
oil-rich southeast
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

Here Galyn is seated in the city gate of Gezer where the leaders of the ancient city would have sat. Galyn is seated in the second of the three chambers on the left side of the city gate. Notice the gutter (trench) leading out of the city under the main entrance. (click on image for larger size)

  Map locating the Modein, the site where the Maccabean
revolt began. (click on image for larger size)
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