Written: Around 450 B.C.
Theme: God's Love and Justice
The message of Malachi was directed to a people plagued by corrupt priests and wickedness. The prophet confronted the people of Israel for their hypocrisy, infidelity, divorce, pride, greed and arrogance. The nation was so complacent in their sin that God's Word no longer had any impact on them. Malachi challenged them to turn from merely "going through the motions" to a relationship with God filled with faith, obedience, and worship. God loves us passionately and wants us to return that love to Him by being people of integrity, purity, and justice.
In May 1775, Harvard College president Samuel Langdon delivered a message to the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts that is reminiscent of Malachi's prophecy – and which echoes eloquently through history to today's America: "We have rebelled against God. We have lost the true spirit of Christianity, though we retain the outward profession and form of it....My brethren, let us repent and implore the divine mercy....May the Lord hear us in this day of trouble....We will rejoice in His Salvation, and in the name of our God, we will set up our banners!"
From the American Patriot's Bible
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