Through Malachi, warning was also given to the priesthood whose charge was to keep the Lord’s knowledge and be his messenger to his people. Instead the spiritual leadership became corrupted, even in matters of marriage, colluding in making divorce a common thing as men committed social and religious sanctioned adultery by putting away their wives for no other reason than they wished to marry another.
And yet, as a nation they looked angrily at God because he didn’t bless them, and said, “What have we done to you that you are unhappy with us? We’re following your Law!” And because they were not blessed, they concluded, “Serving God is a waste of time.”
The citizens of the land looked around and saw that the arrogant were not being punished for their arrogance. In fact, being self-seeking and snotty seemed to be a pretty lucrative way of life. They noted that those whose ways and thoughts were wicked were also quite wealthy. And they saw that those who openly tempted God by their lifestyles suffered no consequences. (Ch. 3:13-15)
Such was the nation of Israel in Malachi’s day. And such is our nation in our own. But not all have succumbed.
“Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it...” (Ch. 3:16a KJV)
When you look at the Hollywood culture, at the political culture, at the judicial system, and even at social media, and it looks like unholiness is not only unpunished but actually flourishing, it is easy to become discouraged and shrug your shoulders and say, “What’s the use?” But know that God is particularly taking note of you.
He sees how you speak of it to others who are also frustrated and disheartened by the sins of the land. He sees how you are being crushed… are being told to shut up and keep your religious ideals to yourself for threat of litigation and violence.
God did not say he would rescue you from the times you are in. But he knows you are struggling, and “a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.” (And you thought your name was only in the Book of Life!)
“And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
“Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.” (Ch. 3:16b -18)
God speaks of his long-promised judgment. We often think of Judgment Day as that great day of punishment for the unrepentant wicked. But even in our earthly courts judgment is also for the vindication of the righteous!
“But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.
And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts. (Ch. 4:1-3)
Continue on the path where you now stand! Continue to regard the Lord with an attitude of awe, fear and respect. Continue to walk in his ways. Continue to face down wickedness with holiness.
God treasures you.