Malachi “The making of a Gem by the Rock”
May 07 2018
“The making of a Gem by the Rock”
The book of Malachi was written almost 100 years after Haggai and Zechariah (the 1st and 2nd of the post-exile prophets). He wrote during the seven-year absence of Nehemiah who went back to Persia prior to his return to rebuild the wall which was some of the issues that God spoke of through Malachi. The book closes out the Old Testament in 55 verses 47 of which are spoken directly by God to the people (more than any other book in the Bible). The work of rebuilding the temple that God used Haggai and Zechariah to motivate the people to do under Ezra has long ago been completed and its completion caused the people to slip from compliancy to compromise and corruption. And it is to this that God speaks about through Malachi. His name means messenger but beyond that nothing is known of him as the focus is upon the message and not the messenger. This book bridges the gap of 400-years silence until the coming of John the Baptist and 50 years until Matthew would write his account. In The first five verses of chapter one God tries to soften there harden hearts who wanted to know “In what way has God loved them?” By saying, “I have loved you”. God reminds them saying, “You doubt I love you look at your heritage, I choose to love you when you were a scoundrel and I’ve continued to love you look at your brother’s Esau’s land its uninhabited and here you all are back in the land”. Through the prophet God turns the tables and questions them on there love for Him saying in 1:6 “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am the Father, where is My honor? And if I am a Master, where is My reverence?” In the third chapter God promises to “send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming”. That was the prophecy that promises to send John the Baptist 400 years later to prepare the way before Jesus who was coming suddenly to His temple with a “New Covenant” of grace. Finally, in 3:17 God says, “They shall be Mine," says the Lord of hosts, "On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” As a goldsmith I realized that the difference between a gem and a rock was time, pressure, testing and polishing! Folk’s that is what God is doing while we are here in this world changing us from a stony hearted person to a gem by pressure, testing and polishing! Though the process is painful at time, the finished product will be beautiful and precious in our Father’s crown!
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!