Today’s reading is: Mal. 1:1-2:9; Neh. 12:27-13:31; 5:14-19
Malachi Chapter One
- The Lord’s oracle/burden begins with a declaration of His love for Israel (Mal. 1:2a).
- Israel does not have the capacity to understand or appreciate the Lord’s love (Mal. 1:2b).
- The Lord’s love was an unconditional love (Mal. 1:2c; Rom. 9:10-13).
- The Lord’s oracle/burden continues with an accusation against Israel—their priests despise His name (Mal. 1:6b).
- As their Father and Master He does not receive any honor or fear from His people (Mal. 1:6a).
- Again, Israel does not have the capacity to understand why their carnality was a despisement of the Lord (Mal. 1:6c).
- The Lord also explained that Israel was despising His name by their fraudulent and cheapskate offerings (Mal. 1:7-10).
- The Lord promised a coming day when His name will be magnified, & His offerings will be awesome (Mal. 1:11-12).
- The entire apostasy of Malachi’s day is described as a spiritual fatigue (Mal. 1:13-14).
Malachi Chapter Two
- The Lord’s oracle/burden follows the accusation of chapter one with a warning in chapter two (Mal. 2:1-9).
- They are already under Divine discipline (curse) (Mal. 2:2), but that Divine discipline will progress to fecal disposal (Mal. 2:3).
- The warning charges the priests of Malachi’s day to imitate the Levites of Moses’ day (Mal. 2:4-7).
- The warning recognizes that their failure was leading the people astray (Mal. 2:8-9).
(Chapter Two continues tomorrow)
Nehemiah Chapter Thirteen
(NOTE: Rhodes: Neh 12:27-13:31; 5:14-19)
- Chapter 13 takes place years after the events of chapters 1-12.
- Nehemiah completed his term as governor, and returned to Persia. After an unknown period of time, he returned to Jerusalem and found more evil at work (Neh. 13:1-9).
- Tobiah the Ammonite (Neh. 2:10) had been given chambers within the temple (Neh. 13:4-5).
- When Nehemiah found out about it, he threw Tobiah out of the temple (Neh. 13:8-9).
- Nehemiah also discovered that the Levites were working outside jobs to support themselves because they were not being supported by the tithes and offerings (Neh. 13:10-14).
- Nehemiah also put an end to the Sabbath violations that he observed (Neh. 13:15-22).
- The mixed marriage snare was also becoming prevalent once again (Neh. 13:23-29).
- Other seemingly basic tasks were being neglected without Nehemiah’s spiritual leadership (Neh. 13:30-31).