When God talks, it’s about love (Malachi1a)

1John419Today we start a new reading on God’s revelation to prophet Malachi. The subject matter is love.God begins by declaring His love. “I have always loved you,” “This is how I showed my love for you:”

Summary:

  1. God talks .
  2. God talks about His love for His people.
  3. God talks to the person who can hear Him.
  4. God also shows how He loves.
  5. When you see for yourselves, you will say, ‘Truly, the Lord’s greatness reaches far beyond…(whatever boundary you have set to limit God’s love). 

Malachi 1:1-5 New Living Translation (NLT)

This is the message[a] that the Lord gave to Israel through the prophet Malachi.[b]

“I have always loved you,” says the Lord.

But you retort, “Really? How have you loved us?”

And the Lord replies, “This is how I showed my love for you: I loved your ancestor Jacob, but I rejected his brother, Esau, and devastated his hill country. I turned Esau’s inheritance into a desert for jackals.”

Esau’s descendants in Edom may say, “We have been shattered, but we will rebuild the ruins.”

But the Lord of Heaven’s Armies replies, “They may try to rebuild, but I will demolish them again. Their country will be known as ‘The Land of Wickedness,’ and their people will be called ‘The People with Whom the Lord Is Forever Angry.’ When you see the destruction for yourselves, you will say, ‘Truly, the Lord’s greatness reaches far beyond Israel’s borders!’”

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