|Posted by Lorraine Serra on September 9, 2010 at 11:09 AM||comments (2)|
Hello friends. Thank you for your patience as I finally post the closing discussion of this study. When I began in May, it was a brand new venture for me. I had no idea how long it would take, or what God would teach us. I hope it has been worth your time to read and meditate on God's word and my gleanings. Praise Him for His infinite wisdom and inspiration! I am already anxious to begin the next study.
I hav...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on August 26, 2010 at 1:48 PM||comments (0)|
Dear faithful readers, our journey through the book of Malachi is drawing to a close. This book from the Bible, written roughly around 450 BC, is still relevant and powerful in its application to us today. It is one whose prophecy has been proven and fulfilled in the annals of secular history as well as religious history. For very soon, Jerusalem and its people will be conquered by yet another invading army. The Romans will build their empire and Jerusalem will be destroyed in ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on August 14, 2010 at 11:17 AM||comments (2)|
As we come to the close of chapter 3 of the Book of Malachi, it becomes evident that the Hebrew children of Zion are of two different camps: those who blaspheme God in their arrogance, speaking against God, and those who honor God and express loving fear of the Lord.
Beginning at verse 13, God is calling the Jews out on the proverbial carpet, as it were, indicting them for speaking out so harshly against Him. Immediately, they respond like a chi...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on August 9, 2010 at 10:34 AM||comments (2)|
Chapter 3 of the Book of Malachi opened with a promise: “He is coming”, and it makes a few more along the way: verse 5 “I will come near you for judgment against …” a list of people whose actions prove they do not fear God; verse 6 “For I am the Lord, I do not change” referring to His endless mercy; verse 7 “Return to Me and I will return to you,” basically offering yet another chance to repent and embrace Him; and verse 12, “And all...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on July 27, 2010 at 8:46 AM||comments (1)|
Chapter 3 of Malachi opens with a powerful and revealing statement which is both historical in context and messianic. It begins, “Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way for Me, and the Lord, whom you seek will suddenly come to His temple.”
First, isn’t it interesting that Malachi, who IS the messenger here, prophecies about yet another messenger to come? His words link us to John the B...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on July 13, 2010 at 12:44 PM||comments (2)|
Just had to share a bit more MEDITATION ON Chapter 2 before we go on.
We left Chapter 2 of Malachi seemingly holding on to whole bucket full of dung. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Moses and Aaron and Joshua, this God who created the heavens and the earth, who poured all goodness and possibility into His precious people whom He called His children, the “Children of Israel”, has repeatedly given them every good thing, worked miracles to red...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on July 6, 2010 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
Let’s “shake on it”. Better yet, let’s each spit in our palms and then “shake on it”. That will seal our agreement. Ever seen anybody do that in a movie or in real life? How about the act of becoming “blood brothers”? I remember old western movies and TV shows as a kid where two people, usually the Indians, or an Indian and a cowboy, each made a cut in their palms, then shook hands to mingle their blood in a lifetime pact of brotherhood, love, f...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on June 17, 2010 at 9:59 AM||comments (0)|
“Levi feared Me, and was reverent before My name.” Malachi 2:5
As we continue our study in Chapter 2, we have heard the Lord of Hosts rebuking the
priests for their corruption, insincerity, and failure to lead the people of Israel by example and through instruction. God is threatening some huge consequences for their insincere worship and tainted offerings, and He promises they will all be wiped out so that the covenant with Levi may be purified and c...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on June 4, 2010 at 12:03 PM||comments (0)|
Corrupt priests is the issue the Lord is about to deal with in this chapter of Malachi. Before even looking into the background of this chapter and its historical references, let’s just take a minute to consider, “Who is a priest and what are his duties?”
In my own experience, a priest is the man who is the pastor, teacher, leader of a group of worshippers. He is charged with caring for the congregation, in spiritual matters, expoundi...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on May 29, 2010 at 10:50 PM||comments (0)|
In our study of Malachi, we left off last time considering the sub-standard offerings which the people of Israel were bringing to the temple. God is not pleased, and He seems to be relating through the mouth of Malachi, that He is even hurt and insulted.
After all, had He not been their God for generations? Had He not delivered them out of Babylon now and returned them to their homeland? Yet, the people continue in their insincere worship...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on May 22, 2010 at 12:16 PM||comments (2)|
As we look at Malachi, who knows what treasures we will discover! That is the joy of study, prayer and listening for God’s instruction, as well as learning from scholars and commentators. I am not a scholar. I am a lover of God and of His word. Things I share come from my heart, and I hope you’ll share from your heart, too.
Now, as I wrote in my last post, this study is a spontaneous inspiration because my Bible happened to fall open to it, revealing to me the v...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Lorraine Serra on May 19, 2010 at 6:27 PM||comments (2)|
I decided to start a study in the book of Malachi this morning.
I thought, for the first time, I am going to make it a study
that I share with my friends. So, as I study and post,
please feel free to post your comments and share
what you glean from the scriptures as the Lord leads you.
Now, I discovered as I started writing this morning that
it turned into a longish article. So for this first one,
I went ahead an posted ...Read Full Post »