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September 20 - Evening

[Malachi] "You have wearied the Lord with your words." [People] “How have we wearied him?” you ask. [Malachi] By saying: “All who do evil are good in the eyes of the Lord, and he is pleased with them” or “Where is the God of justice?" [The Lord Almighty] "I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty. - Malachi 2:17-3:1

The Lord You are Seeking Will Suddenly Come!...Are You Sure That's What You Want?

Today’s text exposes the attitude behind many people and their cultures that except immorality, oppression and sin. In the verses (2:10-16) leading up to Malachi’s statement in 2:17 God accuses the people of profaning the covenant, committing an abomination and profaning the sanctuary. God also says the people are faithless, hypocritical in worship, faithless to their wives and violent. Malachi exposed the reason for this behavior occurring in Jerusalem and Judah around 500 BC when he told the people, “You have wearied the Lord with your words.” The people’s words exposed the attitude of their hearts. This attitude had allowed them to quickly slip back into sin after having returned from captivity only 30-40 years before.
The people had come to accept the false philosophy and erroneous theology that God does not get involved in human activity or intervene in history by doing something as simplistic as blessing the obedient and punishing the wicked. The people actually believed that the theology concerning the justice of God was mere rhetoric for synagogue class or Torah studies. The people had concluded that God is pleased to bless those who do evil as well as those who are righteous, if God is even active in blessing people at all.
God responded with a pronouncement when the people asked, “Where is the God of justice?” God said, “Suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple.” This concept lines up with Peter’s words in Second Peter 3:9:
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
The Lord says through Malachi, “I will send my messenger (John the Baptist), who will prepare the way before me (Matthew 3:3). Then suddenly the Lord (Jesus Christ) you are seeking (the people of Malachi’s day were longing for the Lord to get involved) will come to his temple (30 AD, Matthew 21:12 when Jesus cleared the Temple courts); the messenger of the covenant, who you desire, will come. “
But, when the Lord, the messenger of the covenant came in 30 AD to his temple like the people wanted, they were not pleased with him. The justice they were seeking came exactly 40 years later, when in 70 AD the Lord’s judgment brought Rome against them to destroy the city and the Temple. It is best to always figure into your equations and decisions the justice of God.
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Stratiotes (Gr) - Soldier (Eng) - Stratiotes comes from the Greek word stratos meaning "to spread" which led to it meaning "to spread out camp." From there the word stratos began to refer to "an army." The English word "strategy" comes from here because it deals with the spreading out of the army in the battle will take place. Paul compares Timothy's ministry to the life of a stratiotes or a soldier.
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Do hardships or opposition tend to make me stop, turn around or go the other way?
I will consider some hardships necessary for attaining the things God has called me to.

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Bible Reading Descriptions Here


(morning only)

Complete Text

General Text

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Conviction of Sin and Error


Vision and support for effective World Missions
Military Generals
Nigeria - Muslim extremist in North; armed militias in oil-rich southeast

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Here Galyn is seated in the city gate of Gezer where the leaders of the ancient city would have sat. Galyn is seated in the second of the three chambers on the left side of the city gate. Notice the gutter (trench) leading out of the city under the main entrance. (click on image for larger size)
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Map locating the Modein, the site where the Maccabean revolt began.
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Someone to Quote

I regard my research as a loving duty to seek the truth in all things, in so far as God has granted.” – Astronomer Nicolas Copernicus

Something to Ponder

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In the 1300’s the church burned people for teaching their children the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments in English.

Here’s a Fact

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The Philistines killed King Saul and his sons (1 Samuel 31:8-10) on Mount Gilboa and hung their bodies on the wall of Beth Shean (or, Beth Shan). The Philistines invaded Israel, but did not occupy the land. These events agree with archaeological finds at Beth Shean.


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"Take the garment of one who puts up security for a stranger; hold it in pledge if it is done for an outsider."
- Proverbs 1:20

Coach’s Corner

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When you have prayed for yourself, take time to make requests in prayer for things that are in line with God’s will for others.

Luke 15
New International Version (NIV)
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
The Parable of the Lost Coin
“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ 10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
The Parable of the Lost Son
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”
Zechariah 1-2
New International Version (NIV)
A Call to Return to the Lord
In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah, the son of Iddo:
“The Lord was very angry with your ancestors. Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty. Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the earlier prophets proclaimed: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Turn from your evil ways and your evil practices.’ But they would not listen or pay attention to me, declares the Lord. Where are your ancestors now? And the prophets, do they live forever? But did not my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, overtake your ancestors?
“Then they repented and said, ‘The Lord Almighty has done to us what our ways and practices deserve, just as he determined to do.’”
The Man Among the Myrtle Trees
On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, the month of Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah, the son of Iddo.
During the night I had a vision, and there before me was a man mounted on a red horse. He was standing among the myrtle trees in a ravine. Behind him were red, brown and white horses.
I asked, “What are these, my lord?”
The angel who was talking with me answered, “I will show you what they are.”
10 Then the man standing among the myrtle trees explained, “They are the ones the Lord has sent to go throughout the earth.”
11 And they reported to the angel of the Lord who was standing among the myrtle trees, “We have gone throughout the earth and found the whole world at rest and in peace.”
12 Then the angel of the Lord said, “Lord Almighty, how long will you withhold mercy from Jerusalem and from the towns of Judah, which you have been angry with these seventy years?” 13 So the Lord spoke kind and comforting words to the angel who talked with me.
14 Then the angel who was speaking to me said, “Proclaim this word: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I am very jealous for Jerusalem and Zion, 15 and I am very angry with the nations that feel secure. I was only a little angry, but they went too far with the punishment.’
16 “Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will return to Jerusalem with mercy, and there my house will be rebuilt. And the measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem,’ declares the Lord Almighty.
17 “Proclaim further: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘My towns will again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem.’”
Four Horns and Four Craftsmen
18 Then I looked up, and there before me were four horns. 19 I asked the angel who was speaking to me, “What are these?”
He answered me, “These are the horns that scattered Judah, Israel and Jerusalem.”
20 Then the Lord showed me four craftsmen. 21 I asked, “What are these coming to do?”
He answered, “These are the horns that scattered Judah so that no one could raise their head, but the craftsmen have come to terrify them and throw down these horns of the nations who lifted up their horns against the land of Judah to scatter its people.”
A Man With a Measuring Line
Then I looked up, and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand. I asked, “Where are you going?”
He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is.”
While the angel who was speaking to me was leaving, another angel came to meet him and said to him: “Run, tell that young man, ‘Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of people and animals in it. And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within.’
“Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north,” declares the Lord, “for I have scattered you to the four winds of heaven,” declares the Lord.
“Come, Zion! Escape, you who live in Daughter Babylon!” For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye— I will surely raise my hand against them so that their slaves will plunder them. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me.
10 “Shout and be glad, Daughter Zion. For I am coming, and I will live among you,” declares the Lord. 11 “Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people. I will live among you and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you. 12 The Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem. 13 Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.”

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