Malachi, whose name means “messenger”, came with the oracle or burden of the Lord. What was God’s burden to His people of Malachi’s day? Wholehearted worship that leads nations to Him – this is His great desire (Mal 1:11).
The people had returned from exile and had a form of godliness but were denying the power. They looked good but were quick to make small compromises and dilute true worship.
As we return to life amidst the pandemic, Jesus is looking for whole-hearted, pure worship from every man, woman, and child. How we seek Him, give to Him, walk in relational faithfulness, serve Him and others, embody Biblical justice, and find our deepest satisfaction in devotion to Him… these are the things Jesus is after.
This is His inheritance within us. Will He have it in you?
17 You have wearied the LORD with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?”
3:1 “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD. 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.
5 “Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the LORD of hosts.