Malachi 2:17


Malachi 2:17

Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

Introduction

  • Setting of Malachi
    • Remnant returned
    • Surrounding people prosperous
    • Time of Ezra-Nehemiah
    • Struggling to get by
    • Questioning/denying God

Exposition

  • Weariness
    • God chooses to personify Himself- he is infinite, cannot get weary (Isa. 40:28), But…
    • Isa. 43:24; Isa. 7:13; Amos 2:13; Amos 5:21-23
    • Eph 4:30; Gal 2:21
  • Insolence- pride or haughtiness manifested in contempt
    • “We’ve wearied you? What about, how You are treating us?!”
  • Mercy- “When ye say…”
    • Why should God be answerable to men?
    • God shows us our errors- His Word
    • Merciful- what if we did not know our errors?
  • Rationalization
    • All evildoers are good (okay) -vs. 3:15
      • Human viewpoint
        • Evildoers receive common blessings
        • Righteous receive common hardships
        • Unbeliever rationalized – No difference – No matters
      • Concern to other Bible writers
        • Job 21:7-26; Job 24:1-23; Ps. 73:1-20; Eccl. 8:12-14, Jer. 12:1-4; Hab. 1:1-17
        • Answered with future perspective
        • Concerns are from right heart- for God’s rightoeousness
      • These using circumstances to accuse and disregard God
    • Where is God= Judgment= There isn’t a God of Judgment = I can live as I want

Conclusion

  • When we live from day to day in the flesh, thinking as humans we weary the Lord we are
    • Insolent-pridefully contemptuous –
    • Rationalize- but he will be merciful when we repent
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