Have we not all one father? Hath not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother by profaning the covenant of our fathers?
Malachi is the last book in the Old Testament, both by placement and by Chronology. It describes the condition of the nation of Israel as needing to return to God. This will make the way for the coming of the Messiah.
How do we treat one another? In the church, in our families, in our community? Is the love of Christ and the law of God first and foremost in our relationships? Do we gossip? Condemn? Judge? Do we ignore those who are in need? Do we offer compassion and mercy?
We all fall short of the glory of God (Ro 6:23). What we do when we realize it is what Malachi is addressing. Do we justify our actions or words, or do we realize we erred and repent? Matthew 5 is the Sermon on the Mount and the Beatitudes.
The BE-ATTITUDES: Blessed are the meek, blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are the peacemakers, blessed are those who mourn … These are the attitudes we are to nurture.
Heavenly Father, I am weak but You are strong. When I fail, You lift me up. Make my life a prayer to you, like in the beatitudes. Let your life and love shine out of me, even in my weaknesses. Strengthen me today, to follow after you and put on Christ. Amen.
This is the end of our Old Testament devotions for a while. I pray that you have been blessed in your reading each day. Praise God for your faithfulness to His Word!