Stout Words


Stout Words

Malachi 3:13-15

Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.

Exposition

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Understand text, its not hard to hear God speaking these words to us today in America

  • Repeated arguments in book- Stout Words
    • What against Thee?
    • Conversations between yourselves
      • Serving God is empty
      • Keeping God’s law gives no profit (Sabbath Sales)
      • Humility (mournful) gives no profit
      • Proud are the happy ones
      • Wicked workers are established
      • Those that tempt God ARE delivered
    • Serving God is Empty
  • See our nation doing this
  • See our nation embracing this
  • Tempted to believe this ourselves
    • We should remember Psalm 13

Past – worshipped God          Now- worship emperor

On this 4th weekend

Celebrate
Remember
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Conclusion

  • How should Christians respond to the apparent success of evil doers?
    • Be faithful to public worship – PS. 73:17
    • Be faithful to Bible reading- Ps. 73:24
    • Be faithful to prayer – Ps. 73:28
    • Be faithful to witness – Ps. 73:28
    • Be faithful to Christian fellowship – Mal 3:16
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