“The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.
I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob,
And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.”
We read our Bible and we know the story of Jacob and Esau.
But they were both direct descendants of Abraham and Isaac.
It was a story of a broken family, wasn’t it?
What went wrong?
In the same context of Malachi, the Lord gave His reason for rejecting Esau –
“Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places;
thus saith the Lord of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them,
The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the Lord hath indignation forever.
And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The Lord will be magnified from the border of Israel.”
The Lord hated wickedness.
But God’s displeasure did not stop there; the rest of the complaints written in Malachi went on about the descendants of Jacob, the priests and Levites called to serve the Lord.
What was at stake?
What makes the Lord displeased?
broken covenant relationship with God Almighty.
“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.
“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”
God through His laws and commandments preserved protects and provided for those who are in covenant relationship with Him.
It is through the laws and commandments of God we learned truth, righteousness, justice and judgement.
It is important for us to be well-informed about the plan and purpose of God.
But was Malachi written only for Jacob?
In the Old Testament God choose the descendants of Jacob as witness to the world of His truth and righteousness that the world may know the true living God.
In the beginning when God created humanity, there was no race no color no nationality. God created man and women to be part of His family.
When Jesus appeared in history, He came to restore God’s decrees and laws to all of us under a new covenant –
This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
This new covenant relationship between God and Man is for both Jews and Gentiles and everyone who will receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.
This new covenant is made possible because Jesus had been appointed priest of God Almighty –
one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. For it is declared: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: ‘You are a priest forever.’” Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.
Jesus offered His life and blood sacrifice for us to seal this covenant relationship between God and Man.
Jesus was crucified and died, but God raised Him from the dead and He is now serving both as priest and king forever in the kingdom of God.
For this reason, Jesus is of a better covenant.
From that day Adam and Eve walked out of Eden, mankind has been part of this broken family. Now Jesus serving both as priest and king of God Almighty will want to restore us back to our Father in heaven through this new covenant established by His own blood. And this can only happen through observation of God’s will and commandments revealed through Jesus.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
We need to follow the ways of Jesus to reach our full and complete restoration.
Our first areas of observations –
- BELIEVE Jesus is God’s salvation plan for mankind
- ACCEPT the blood sacrifice of Jesus is complete and enough to redeem us
- RECEIVE Jesus as our Lord and Savior, Master and Shepherd of our soul to eternity
From then on, we embark on our journey of faith, from believer to disciple.
Our good Lord and Savior who redeemed us from sin and death will not leave us where He found us. Through discipleship we will undergo transformation, renewal and regeneration of the Holy Spirit to become mature sons and daughters of God.
We are disciples of Jesus, followers of His way, walking towards Christ-likeness.
We are living witness and testimony of God’s commandments and judgement.
We are to reflect the truth of God’s word revealed through Jesus.
In our journey of faith, God’s provision to restore is within His covenant relationship.
(1 John 1:6-9)
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.