Today’s Tasting: Malachi (MSG)
Malachi 1: God gives His people a message through the prophet Malachi. God shares His love for Israel and they respond by saying, “How have You loved us?” God continues to tell them that they have not honored nor respected Him, but despised Him with their sloppy worship and sacrifices. He tells them that He is honored everywhere else except among His own people.
Malachi 2: God gives a message to the priests, who have not upheld the office of the priesthood. They have not taught the truth and skewed many lives. They have not honored God. They have not kept the marriage vows they made before God.
Malachi 3: Judgement is coming against any and everyone who does not honor God. He tells them to return to Him and be honest instead of robbing Him. They asked, “How have we robbed You?” God responds, “In tithes and offerings.” He instructs them to bring the full tithe to make provisions for the Temple and to watch Him open up heaven and pour out blessings that they won’t have room enough to receive. They were discouraged because it seemed as if those people who did not honor God were living well—yet, He reminded them about those who honored Him will receive rewards.
Malachi 4: Judgement is coming for the wicked and all those who do not honor God.
Today’s Nourishment: God sends a message to Malachi that is very relevant to churches of today. He reminded them that He deserves a true and pure worship. We cannot come to God half-heartedly with a sloppy worship. We must come to Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).
We cannot worry about those who seem to prosper without honoring His name. Today is a good day to turn around and repent for not worshiping Him. He will welcome you with open arms! His love never runs out!
Father, I thank You for the constant reminder through Your word of the privilege to live and worship You. I admit that I, too like Israel, have not worshiped You like I should. I’ve done my own thing at times. I ask that You forgive me and I welcome Your Holy Spirit into my life right now to lead me to worship YOU! I want to live a life that honors and worships You. Remind me throughout the day to offer worship to YOU. In Jesus’ name, amen.
How is your worship to God? Is it predictable? Is it stale? Is it worship that is in spirit and truth? Do you have a reason to worship or do you wait until the praise leader or Pastor asks you to worship God? Think about your worship to God right now. Be honest with yourself and journal your thoughts of how you may worship in spirit and in truth. Remember God deserves a real worship from us at all times!
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Tomorrow’s Delight: Luke 1; John 1
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A side note from Carolyn: We now see the reveals closed in the Old Testament and the promise with hope of unity and healing: “To you who fear my name, The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings” (Malachi 4:2 NKJV).
In the first century, the Greek version of Old Testament writings, the Septuagint, was adopted as part of Latin Vows. Scriptural canon, meaning scriptural writings had to meet certain criteria, protected scripture that clearly originated from divine inspiration. An English version of the Bible, including the A.D. 1611 King James Version, provided a means to spread the promise of the great news of God’s love for us.
Come with us as we feast on the New Testament to follow this promise of great news of hope, of unity and of healing that arrives as God reveal Himself wrapped in humanity. He had revealed Himself to a man, to a people, and to nations. Now, He planned to reveal Himself to the world as Messiah, Savior, and Lord. The promise was presented and lived through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, God’s Son. Jesus, upon His departure, promised not to leave us as orphans, but to send One, just like Him. And He sent His Spirit. Now, Holy Spirit came to show us Jesus and live in our spirits for the purpose of loving God, loving others, and surrendering ourselves to His Lordship as King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
The Bible Feast Blog now moves to this new era of life with Christ coming to live and die in our place. His central message of “Come to me” continues today as we continue to Esteem Christ and Encourage Believers while we read, blog, and write devotionals throughout the Bible, throughout the year of 2015.
We pray God’s riches blessings and grace envelope you and your families as we feast togethe in The Bible Feast Blog.
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