No, this is not a message on tithing, but there are other great lessons in this text. Yes, the tithe is an important part of this text, but also teaches several important truths.
Malachi answers these important challenges in three ways:
I. THE LORD REMEMBERS HIS OWN VERSE 16.
They call us freaks, fanatics, fools and fundies today. But in Genesis 8:1, we read that “God remembered Noah.”
There are several things God remembers:
A. God remembers our character – those that fear God verse 16.
God said about the lost in Romans 3:18, “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
B. God remembers our contemplation, “thought upon His name” verse 16.
C. God remembers our conversation, “the Lord heard it” verse 16.
Somebody said that there are three books in God’s library:
- His BOOK OF REVELATION.
Where God has written His last things.
- His BOOK OF REDEMPTION.
Where God has written of His Lamb.
- His BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE.
Where God has written our good things not our sin. When you do anything in His name, He writes it down.
TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW! DON’T MISS IT!
Jeremiah 1:1-9, 2 Timothy 3:14-17.
2 Timothy 3:16 has been called the golden text of His Word. We don’t sort of have the Word of God, we Have the Word of God today.
We are not like some scientist waiting for a radio signal from space or heaven. We have His Word.
You may read the Bible, obey it, even teach it to others, but how do you know the Bible is true? How would you defend its truthfulness to an unbeliever?
First of all, we cannot prove to anyone that the Bible is true. Only the Holy Spirit can do that as He moves in the heart of a person who desires to know and do God’s will John 7:17.
From a human perspective we do have reason to trust:
I. THE BIBLE IS HISTORICALLY ACCURATE.
The writers of the Bible were honest, sane, sincere men who in many cases were eyewitnesses to what they recorded.
Their careful attention to detail show their sincerity and concern about details of the Bible. Luke 1:1-4.
The historical and geographical information that the Bible presents has been confirmed by other documents and archeological discoveries.
Not to mention the many prophecies in the Old Testament that have been fulfilled in great detail in the New Testament. Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Matthew 8:16-17, 27:30-31.
CONTINUED ON MONDAY!
Read Jeremiah 37:16-21.
Yesterday we saw. I. THE WORD OF REVELATION.
Just as God gave His word in Jeremiah’s day He is speaking to America today. I believe we need to heed to the warnings, and do something in this generation to save the next one.
II. THE WORD OF WARNING.
Proverbs 29:1, “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”
God’s message today is still “stop or perish.” “Prepare to meet thy God.”
III. THE WORD OF JUDGMENT.
Is there any word from the Lord? There is! THE WORD – JUDGMENT!
Judas repented, but it was too late. The people in Noah’s day had to face it, but it was too late. The men of Sodom ignored the revelation of warning.
I can recall another man in the New Testament who ignored the revelation built his house upon the sand. When the storm came it was too late.
Will America listen in this culture? Is it too late for America? Can you imagine what it will be like for those who ignore His REVLATION and WARNING?
God’s people must awake out of sleep, trim their lamps, and let their light begin to shine. God is still looking for faithful dedicated people who will stand in the gap to make up the hedge.
We need to say, “Oh God make this the year of repentance and revival in America. Make this the year of turning and of harvest in America. Make this the year of coming back to the original founding fathers of America.”