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God's Love

Malachi 1:1-14
Introduction
Does God love you and me? The Bible declares God is love and that He loves His People, and all people. Malachi tells us about this love.

1. The . . Dispatch Related To God's Love. 1:1-2

A. The . . Details Of The Dispatch. 1:1a & 2a
        1. The Dispatch Given By God. 1:1a, 2a
            
"An oracle: The word of the LORD. . ." v 1a 
               
". . . I have loved you," says the LORD." v 2a

        2. The Dispatch Given To Israel. 1:1b
               
". . . to Israel . . ."
     

        3. The Dispatch Given BY Malachi. 1:1c
               
". . . through Malachi."

B. The . . Doubting Of The Dispatch. 1:2b
        ". . . But you ask: "How have You loved us?"

Illustration
My first Bible Professor in College had been around the world 5 different times. He told of the one of first times he spoke to a tribal group and he told them God loved them. The natives had never heard that concept before, as to them God is more of an impersonal force. The Bible tells us God loves us, and it is a personal quality of love.



2. The . . Demonstration Of God's Love v 2c, 2d 2e

A. The . . Examination From The Demonstration. 2c
      
"Wasn't Esau Jacob's brother?"


B. The . . Enunciation From The Demonstration. 2d
        This is the LORD's declaration.

C. The . . Explanation From The Demonstration. 2e
        "Even so, I loved Jacob,

Illustration
A brother and sister were playing church. The brother read from the Bible and said, "God Is Love." He would turn the page and say, GOD Is Love." His sister argued that the Bible did not say God was love on ever page, and they really began to fuss. Finally she went into the house and told her mother what her brother was doing. Then she said, "Mother tell him it does not say, God Is Love on every page. The Mother thought for a moment, and said I don't think I can tell you that.




3. The . . Distinctions Related To God's Love. 1:6-8a

A.   The Distinctions Noted In . . Absence Of Honor. 1:6     
        6 "A son honors his father, and a servant his master. But if I am a father, where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is your fear of Me? says the LORD of Hosts to you priests, who despise My name." Yet you ask: "How have we despised Your name?"


B. The Distinctions Noted In. . Abuses Of Honor. 1:7-8a
7 "By presenting defiled food on My altar." You ask: "How have we defiled You?" When you say: "The LORD's table is contemptible." 8 "When you present a blind animal for sacrifice, is it not wrong? And when you present a lame or sick animal, is it not wrong?



4. The . . Disbelief Related To God's Love. 1:8b - 10

A. The Disbelief Caused A Call For. . Comparison. 1:8b
        8b Bring it to your governor! Would he be pleased with you or show you favor?" asks the LORD of Hosts.


B. The Disbelief Caused A Call For. . Considerations. v 9
      
"And now ask for God's favor. Will He be gracious to us? Since this has come
from your hands, will He show any of you favor?" asks the LORD of Hosts.

C. The Disbelief Caused A Call For. . Closing. 1:10
        10 "I wish one of you would shut the temple doors, so you would no longer
kindle a useless fire on My altar! I am not pleased
with you," says the LORD of Hosts, "and I will accept no offering from your hands. HCSB


Mal 1:10 KJV
10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. KJV

Illustration The Temple was closed in 070AD. It is closed today.
The American Baptist Convention has declined more than one church per week for over 50 years. Sad --- No it is good if they will not stand for the word. 1 x 52 =52, 50 x 52 = 2,600 Churches.


Rev 3:16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.



5. The . . Declaration Related To God's Love. v 11-14

A. The . . Premise Related To The Declaration. 1:11a
    ". . . "For My name will be great among the nations, from the rising of the sun to its setting. Incense and pure offerings will be presented in My name in every place because My name will be great among the nations," says the LORD of Hosts.


B. The . . Profaning Related To The Declaration. 1:12-13
12 But you are profaning it when you say: "The Lord's table is defiled, and its
product, its food, is contemptible." 13 You also say: "Look, what a nuisance!" "And you scorn it," says the LORD of Hosts. "You bring stolen, lame, or sick animals. You bring this as an offering! Am I to accept that from your hands?" asks the LORD.

C. The . . Pretense Related To The Declaration. 1:14
14 "The deceiver is cursed who has an acceptable
male in his flock and makes a vow but sacrifices a defective animal to the Lord. For I am a great King," says the LORD of Hosts, "and My name will be feared among the nations.

Illustration
Do you remember Jim Jones and his escapades in Jonesburg? Did you ever hear they used the Bible for toilet paper. Cults always mis-use scripture. Most try to have their own version of what they call scripture.

Illustration
Two Ministers were on their way going to a monastery and a bad snow storm came up, they came across a traveler who had fallen and was helpless, one monk said let him alone, his fate has dealt with him. The other monk loaded him on his shoulders and carried him, the weight slowed him down and the other monk went on, almost to the monastery the monk carrying the fellow tripped on something , it was the other monk as he had fallen and froze to death, but the monk carrying the fellow had kept warm by the body heat generated by carrying this fellow. He was ask afterward what was the most tragic thing he has seen, and he thought of that and said, "Not having a Burden to carry."

Application

Do you have a burden for a lost relative? Do you have a brother, sister, son, or daughter, maybe a daughter in law, or son in law, grandchild or neighbor. There is a relation to our burden and a person's salvation