Malachi Chapter 3
1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
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Matthew Henry's Malachi Chapter 3 Bible commentary...
The coming of Christ. (1-6) The Jews reproved for their corruptions. (7-12) God's care of his people; The distinction between the righteous and the wicked. (13-18)1-6 The first words of this chapter seem an answer to the scoffers of those days. Here is a prophecy of the appearing of John the Baptist. He is Christ's harbinger. He shall prepare the way before him, by calling men to repentance. The Messiah had been long called, "He that should come," and now shortly he will come. He is the Messenger of the covenant. Those who seek Jesus, shall find pleasure in him, often when not looked for. The Lord Jesus, prepares the sinner's heart to be his temple, by the ministry of his word and the convictions of his Spirit, and he enters it as the Messenger of peace and consolation. No hypocrite or formalist can endure his doctrine, or stand before his tribunal. Christ came to distinguish men, to separate between the precious and the vile. He shall sit as a Refiner. Christ, by his gospel, shall purify and reform his church, and by his Spirit working with it, shall regenerate and cleanse souls. He will take away the dross found in them. He will separate their corruptions, which render their faculties worthless and useless. The believer needs not fear the fiery trial of afflictions and temptations, by which the Saviour refines his gold. He will take care it is not more intense or longer than is needful for his good; and this trial will end far otherwise than that of the wicked. Christ will, by interceding for them, make them accepted. Where no fear of God is, no good is to be expected. Evil pursues sinners. God is unchangeable. And though the sentence against evil works be not executed speedily, yet it will be executed; the Lord is as much an enemy to sin as ever. We may all apply this to ourselves. Because we have to do with a God that changes not, therefore it is that we are not consumed; because his compassions fail not.
7-12 The men of that generation turned away from God, they had not kept his ordinances. God gives them a gracious call. But they said, Wherein shall we return? God notices what returns our hearts make to the calls of his word. It shows great perverseness in sin, when men make afflictions excuses for sin, which are sent to part between them and their sins. Here is an earnest exhortation to reform. God must be served in the first place; and the interest of our souls ought to be preferred before that of our bodies. Let them trust God to provide for their comfort. God has blessings ready for us, but through the weakness of our faith and the narrowness of our desires, we have not room to receive them. He who makes trial will find nothing is lost by honouring the Lord with his substance.
13-18 Among the Jews at this time, some plainly discovered themselves to be children of the wicked one. The yoke of Christ is easy. But those who work wickedness, tempt God by presumptuous sins. Judge of things as they will appear when the doom of these proud sinners comes to be executed. Those that feared the Lord, spake kindly, for preserving and promoting mutual love, when sin thus abounded. They spake one to another, in the language of those that fear the Lord, and think on his name. As evil communications corrupt good minds and manners, so good communications confirm them. A book of remembrance was written before God. He will take care that his children perish not with those that believe not. They shall be vessels of mercy and honour, when the rest are made vessels of wrath and dishonour. The saints are God's jewels; they are dear to him. He will preserve them as his jewels, when the earth is burned up like dross. Those who now own God for theirs, he will then own for his. It is our duty to serve God with the disposition of children; and he will not have his children trained up in idleness; they must do him service from a principle of love. Even God's children stand in need of sparing mercy. All are righteous or wicked, such as serve God, or such as serve him not: all are going to heaven or to hell. We are often deceived in our opinions concerning both the one and the other; but at the bar of Christ, every man's character will be known. As to ourselves, we have need to think among which we shall have our lot; and, as to others, we must judge nothing before the time. But in the end all the world will confess that those alone were wise and happy, who served the Lord and trusted in Him.
Ademola's Malachi Chapter 3 comment about verse 11 on 10/09/2014, 1:59am...
Heard the lord clearly that he will rebuke the devourer for my sake if I invest in his Kingdom Tithes and vows
E's Malachi Chapter 3 comment about verse 10 on 10/05/2014, 9:49am...
Abraham and Jacob gave tithes for sure to God! There was no church building. I believe it 's important to give to the church but we ate not under any law and God 's children should know whether they gave it to a single mother or whatever good means from your heart He will it. By Jesus Christ and the work of the cross were good! Even in Malachi it was the priest eh stole from God! Please read in context and stop binding up God 's children the work is finished for by grace we have... not of works!!! Eph. 2 8,9 Give to God don 't be under the spirit of condemnation. Please someone show us through His word one place in the NT where tithing specifically to the church is written? I can 't find it. Please let 's love and continue to give but may the church get there foot off the necks of God 's people with this lie!
Elewechi Emmanuel's Malachi Chapter 3 comment about verse 6 on 9/19/2014, 5:48pm...
This passage is real in my life. I am alive today because God has decided to be my pillar and so I am not consumed. I love God 's conscious promises.
Elewechi Emmanuel's Malachi Chapter 3 comment about verse 6 on 9/19/2014, 2:48pm...
This passage is real in my life. I am alive today becausee God has decided to be my pillar and so I am not consimed. I love God 's conscious promises.
Johnson's Malachi Chapter 3 comment about verse 8 on 9/10/2014, 4:39pm...
If malachi 3 8 is yardstick for christian giving today, then all of us are robbers.......who robbed god? The passage is talking about levith that suppose to pay tenth of tenth..........read. From chapter 2 of malachi and answer the question by ueself....
Marjorie's Malachi Chapter 3 comment on 9/02/2014, 1:55pm...
Ask yourselves this, how do you expect your pastor to live or your church to pay its bills? Our pastor is full time, he does not work any job except being a pastor so if people dont pay tithes then he dont get paid! Whatever you make you must pay tithes on including social security! 10 percent is tithes one tenth and half of that is offering 5 percent which pays church bills like utilities, water, etc. I get social security only so I make 1329 a month. I pay 133 tithes and 66.50 offering and anything you give over that is sacrificial giving like missions etc. God expects His people to support the shepard or pastor He puts over them and God also expects us to support the church and help pay bills. If everyone does his or her part then the pastor and the church should be supported just fine. The pastor also pays tithes and offerings, the pastors tithes is suppose to go for outreach like helping the needy and winning souls, everything costs money so ask yourself if everyone pays tithes and offerings like I do will my church survive and my pastor be able to pay his bills or buy food for his family?
OLAN's Malachi Chapter 3 comment on 8/21/2014, 3:33am...
Although the Old Testament The LAW was written for primarily for the Isrealites, there are so many principles in it that transcend right into Christianity e.g Loving God with all your heart and your neighbour as urself . Furthermore, Tithe is one of them. In fact, Jesus wasn 't against paying it as can be proven in His response to the Pharisees in Luke 11 42 " But woe unto you, Pharisees! for you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over justice and the love of God these ought you to have done, and not to leave the other undone. " .
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