Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 25, 2018

“So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.”

Today’s devotion comes from Malachi 3:7-18.

“7 “From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them.  Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD of hosts.  “But you say, ‘How shall we return?’

8 “Will a man rob God?  Yet you are robbing Me!  But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’  In tithes and offerings.  9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you!  10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.  11 Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground;  nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the LORD of hosts.  12 “All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,” says the LORD of hosts.

13 “Your words have been arrogant against Me,” says the LORD.  “Yet you say, ‘What have we spoken against You?’  14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God;  and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the LORD of hosts?  15 So now we call the arrogant blessed;  not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.’”

16 Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name.  17 “They will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”  18 So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.”  Malachi 3:7-18.

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The common theme in these verses is the blessedness of those who serve the LORD.  The LORD causes them to stand out as being blessed by Him in sharp contrast to the wicked.  “So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.”  Verse 18.

Those who serve the LORD are blessed through their giving of the whole tithes and offerings.  The LORD opens the windows of heaven and pours out a blessing for them until it overflows, and the fruit of their labors are preserved.  Verses 10-11.

Those who serve the LORD are blessed through their keeping His charge and being humble.  The LORD gives them profit.  Verse 14.

Those who serve the LORD are blessed through their fear of the LORD and their esteem of His name.  The LORD remembers them.  Verse 16.  “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry.”  Psalm 34:15.  “He has given food to those who fear Him;  He will remember His covenant forever.”  Psalm 111:5.

Those who serve the LORD are blessed through their serving as a son does for his father.  The LORD spares them from spiritual death.  Verse 17.

Those who serve the LORD are blessed by the LORD setting them safe and apart from the wicked who will be punished.  Verse 18.  “For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace;  and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff;  and the day that is coming will set them ablaze,” says the LORD of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.”  “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings;  and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.  You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing,” says the LORD of hosts.”  Malachi 4:1-3.


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