Deuteronomy 28 – IF

In Chapter 28 Moses puts all the cards on the table in regard to the blessings and curses associated with the covenant.  He has talked many times about God’s blessing being contingent on the people’s obedience and that God will remove His protection and care if they disobey (it is really the basis of the […]

Malachi 2:10-16 – A Faithful God Loves Faithfulness

The tone of the book changes somewhat beginning in verse 10 of Chapter 2.  Instead of God speaking in the first person as He did in 1:6 through 2:9, Malachi now speaks on God’s behalf.  And instead of addressing only the priests he seems to speak to all the people. Malachi condemns the people for […]

Malachi 2:1-9 – No One Sins in a Vacuum

God continues his condemnation of the priests of Israel.  In 1:6-14 He admonished them for allowing substandard sacrifices and having a disdainful attitude toward worship.  He said they dishonored His great name by their approach and the lackluster worship they tolerated.  He told them the best thing they could do is to close the temple […]