Saturday, November 26, 2016

A Time Between Time - Remember

By Mary Vee
Malachi 3
Between the Old and New Testament

From the Historical records



Photo by Mary Vee
The time in between time. 

Four hundred years are in the process of passing. We won't hear anymore from Nehemiah, Ezra, Ezekiel, or other prophets like Hosea, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, or Malachi. They've told us their stories and have nothing more to say.

But, remember this: 

God told Malachi to tell us there were those who feared and worshiped the Lord faithfully during that time and during our time. They talked with each other, encouraged one another to continue, and the Lord listened and heard.

A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name.

"Those who remembered Me and continued to worship Me will be mine in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. 

"You will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.

"The day is coming. It will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble. That day will set them on fire. Not a root or a branch will be left to them. 

"But for you who revere My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. You will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. You will trample down the wicked. They will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things," says the Lord Almighty.

"Remember the law of my servant Mose, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel."

"See," says the Lord, "I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers. If they will not, I will come and strike the land with a curse."

And so...we are asked to remember. 

Remember God. 

Our creator. 

The giver of life. 

Our protector. 

The One who faithfully loves us and will never leave us....even when we are stifled in a terrible storm.


Come back next time, because interesting events happen in Jerusalem in days to come.
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sources: 
New International Version, New King James Version. 
My Bible College training.
My notes and walk through classes I've taught in Children's church. Answers to student questions, etc.
Pastoral sermons on this time
Matthew Henry Commentary
F. LaGard Smith Commentary

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