I’ve Loved You


Bible Text: Malachi 1:1-5 | Preacher: Jeff Voegtlin | Series: Malachi

“The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi. I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness. Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever. And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The LORD will be magnified from the border of Israel.”



“Love the people who treat you right, forget about those who don’t.”

  • Better answers
    • forgive
    • pray for
  • Seems to come from someone who thinks they’ve been mistreated
    • Always a group- society of the disgruntled
    • Group with a grievance
      • Israel after exile- we’ve been mistreated
      • Returned to land but with hardship
      • Rebuilt Temple- nothing like the original temple
      • Rebuilt wall- no kingdom
      • Relatives still far away
      • Look at others and think it’s not fair


  • The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.
    • Burden- heavy message
    • Israel- all God’s people
    • By hand of- written
    • Malachi- my messenger (only mention)
    • I have loved you- two words
    • Broken off (heart broken)

Expected response

  • I John 4:19
  • John 14:15
  • Wherein hast thou loved us- the disgruntled response
    • Look at what you’ve done to me
    • Judgment, discipline
    • Look at what you haven’t done to them (Edom/Esau)
  • God’s response
    • He responds (God is not obligated to answer you)
    • You think to put God on trial
    • Yet, He in love responds (vs. 2-5)
    • James 1:17 (every good thing from God)


  • Where are you?
    • Disgruntled – self-centered – I’ve been mistreated
    • I love you, too – obedient – seeking to be obedient