for Deep Repentance
“They that feared Yehuveh . . . shall be Mine,
saith Yehuveh of hosts,
in that day when I make up My jewels; . . .
Then shall ye return, and discern
between the righteous and the wicked,
between him that serveth Elohim
and him that serveth Him not.”
|he book of Malachi, when appropriately connected with the books of Micah, Zephaniah, Haggai, and Zechariah, provide a prophetic timeline for the last six active years of this world’s history in the present age, the Years of Returning (Darius), the first six of seven years (mistranslated as|
|seven churches) described in Revelation. Whereas Haggai and Zechariah date and identify the closing events, Malachi is concerned with the spiritual condition of the people who are confirming their covenant with Yehuveh in this last seven years (week). In a large measure, the focus is on the condition of the spiritual leaders more than on the people, for Yehuveh knows that the people will be debased or elevated as their leaders fail or uplift them.
Through Malachi, Yehuveh appeals to everyone, but with emphasis He reminds the Levitical teachers of their responsibility to Him and to their fellowmen: “I have sent this commandment unto you, that My covenant might be with Levi, saith Yehuveh of hosts. My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared Me, and was afraid before My name. The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with Me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of Yehuveh of hosts.” As His people are returning to Him, Yehuveh knows they need such exalted examples and instruction. Malachi 2:4-7.
From early is Israel’s history Yehuveh has called His appointed leaders to be conscientious examples to the people “that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; and that ye may teach the children of Israel all the statutes which Yehuveh hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.” Before Yehuveh can fully restore His people, He must restore their leaders and teachers. So through Malachi, Yehuveh appeals to the anointed priests and Levites to reconsecrate themselves to Him. His appeal is to every one of us: “Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for My salvation is near to come, and My righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this.” “Commit thy way unto Yehuveh; trust also in Him.” “Commit thy works unto Yehuveh, and thy thoughts shall be established.” Leviticus 10:10-11 [Compare Deuteronomy 17:8-11; 21:5; 24:8; 2 Chronicles 17:8-9; 30:22; Ezra 7:10; Nehemiah 8:2-8; Jeremiah 15:19; 18:18; Haggai 2:11-13.]; Isaiah 56:1, 2; Psalms 37:5; Proverbs 16:3.
Originally Written: 23 September 2009
Latest Update: 23 September 2009
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