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Study Notes

Week of April 21, 2024

Series Outline: 

  1. Malachi 1:1 ~ The Burden of the Word of the Lord

  2. Malachi 1:5 & 11 ~ God will be Glorified

  3. Malachi 1:7 & 12-13~ Defiled Worship

  4. Malachi 2:7 ~ Priests of God (that would be each of us!)

  5. Malachi 2:10 ~ Our Common God

  6. Malachi 2:14-15 ~ Faithfulness

  7. Malachi 3:1-3 ~ Here He Comes!

  8. Malachi 3:8 & 10 ~ Robbing God

  9. Malachi 3:16-18 ~ God’s Own

  10. Malachi 4:1 ~ A Reckoning

  11. Malachi 4:5-6 ~ Forewarned

The Italian Prophet; Mă lăʹ chĭ

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1.  Introduction ~ worship should suffuse all of our lives Eph 5:17-21 

2.  Context ~ we open w/a corrective from God: Mal 1:7 & Mal 1:12-13 

     2.1.  God’s people were (& are) supposed to respond to God’s love

             2.1.1.  & yet they failed to love their God Deut 6:5

3.  Background ~ in its historic context the Jews had grown comfortable 

4.  Their Offerings ~ were defiled, resulting in defiling the altar

     4.1.  the priests were offering ‘defiled food’ to God Mal 1:7  

             4.1.1.  their offerings revealed contempt for the Lord Mal 1:12  

     4.2.  offerings to God were supposed to be the best they had Lev 1:10 

     4.3.  now the Lord’s Table was considered to be contemptible Mal 1:12  

             4.3.1.  here, “table,” is figurative for the altar Deut 12:27 

     4.4.  these offerings resulted in God’s name being dishonored Mal 1:13 

5.  Spiritual Leaders ~ for the Jews were showing their contempt for God 

     5.1.  to “profane” something means to “de-sanctify it” 

             5.1.1.  God is jealous for the honor of His name Lev 22:2 

6.  Priest ~ describes ea of us who claim the name of Jesus 1 Pe 2:9-10 

     6.1.  Jesus had this to say about true worship John 4:23-24 

     6.2.  our worship is founded on the character of God Luke 10:22 

7.  True Worship ~ began @ Pentecost Acts 2:46-47 

8.  God’s Nature ~ stands in the background to all that we do in worship

     8.1.  God took on flesh to walk among us John 1:14 

     8.2.  the price for our sins was paid thru Jesus’ sacrifice 1 Pe 3:18 

             8.2.1.  now God is reuniting all of creation in Christ Eph 1:9-10 

9.  Application ~ Jesus died to be Lord of our lives Rom 14:9 

     9.1.  our worship reflects the reverence God is due Heb 12:28-29 

             9.1.1.  worship is a foretaste of life in heaven Rev 4:8-11 

 

For Contemplation:

Does my life reflect a heartfelt honoring of Jesus in all things?

 

Homiletical Idea:

God is worthy of our best.

 

For Prayer:

Father, through Your Spirit guide me into true worship of You!

Sermon Outline

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