“Here is the Lord’s message...given through the prophet Malachi: ‘I have loved you very deeply,’ says the Lord.” Mal. 1:1-3 TLB
In this last book of the Old Testament is a story both precious, but also most frightening! In it, God gives His chosen people a last chance to return to Him and receive His blessings and reward for obedience to His commandments.
The Old Testament is an amazing journey: a good king who loved and obeyed the Lord, like King David, only to be followed by a bad king like Ahaz who led the people of God back into idol worship — some so vile that they actually practiced the sacrifi ce of their children to Baal, by burning them in the fi re of heathen worship!
As always, before judgment, God gives one last chance for the nation of Israel to repent and turn from their wicked ways. We see this by the prophet’s opening words:
“‘I have loved you very deeply,’ says the Lord.” Mal. 1:2 TLB
So, what is God’s controversy with these people that He loves so deeply? They had abandoned the true worship of God and were practicing a false and phony worship by offering cheap and worthless gifts to God’s holy Temple! God actually calls them “polluted sacrifi ces”! When challenged by the prophet, they respond with fake surprise —
“‘Polluted sacrifices? When have we ever done a thing like that?’” Mal. 1:7 TLB
God responds by saying —
“Every time you say ‘Don’t bother bringing anything very valuable to offer to God!’” Mal. 1:7b TLB
The prophet goes on to describe the polluted gifts which, by the way, the people knew very well what they were doing. They were bringing lame, crippled, blind, and diseased animals (offerings) to the Temple of God — and to make the apostasy even worse, the priests on duty were accepting these sick and diseased animals as offerings to God!
At last God says, even though I have loved you:
“I WILL NOT ACCEPT YOUR OFFERINGS”! Mal. 1:10B TLB
Finally, God is so angry He goes on to say something so outrageous we can hardly believe that our merciful God would say it:
“Take note that I will [even] rebuke your children, and I will spread on your faces the manure of these animals you offer to me, and throw you out like dung”! Mal. 2:3 TLB
Wow! God is truly angry and may I add the words God uses in the original Hebrew are the rather coarse street words for manure and dung!
So, now, may I bring this awesome word of the Lord into the 21st century of our day? By the way, God brings this message directly to us by saying:
“But my name will be honored by the Gentiles … my name shall be great among the nations.” Mal. 1:11 TLB
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Let’s bring our very best offerings to JESUS!
Dear partners, brace yourselves because there is a fearsome message even to us today. Let me hasten to say it is not for everyone, because many of you, my beloved pioneer partners, have been bringing your BEST OFFERINGS to your TBN! How else could we have nearly 20,000 TV, cables, DBS, 70 satellite channels, the Internet, and on and on reaching the whole wide world?! As the old saying goes, “If the shoe fi ts….”
No, here is where it gets very serious and also where my old heart breaks.
For 36 years, Jan and I have given God and you the best years of our lives. Do we regret it? No — a thousand times no! We have seen the glorious miracles of God again and again (read my book, HELLO WORLD)! As I have said many times, if I had been a total atheist I would have to believe because I have seen with my own eyes the glorious miracles of God. What grieves me is this: The ratings services we subscribe to tell us that over 100 million souls actually tune into and watch TBN —
AND YET ONLY ABOUT ONE MILLION
HOUSEHOLDS ACTUALLY TUNE INTO
AND GIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT
FOR YOUR TBN!
With all the sorrow of my heart I have to say: Multitudes are watching, being blessed by, have called into, and received blessings by your TBN — but have not responded to, or have offered a polluted offering to our Heavenly Father via TBN!
Precious partners, let us not make the same mistake the children of Israel made. Let us offer to God our BEST OFFERINGS while there is time to help reap the final harvest before Christ returns in power and glory!
The prophet Malachi concludes with —
“‘Watch now,’ the Lord of hosts declares, ‘the day of the Lord is coming.’” Mal. 4:1
For many it was too late — for many the Scripture declares:
“The wicked will be burned up like straw….” Mal. 4:1
The greatest tragedy of this amazing Bible story is the fact that most did not heed the cry of the prophet. As a result, God did not speak to His chosen people for 400 years! Finally, Christ was born, “In the fulness of time…” (Gal. 4:4), only to be rejected by His own, and in 70 AD total destruction of Jerusalem, the Temple and walls! The Jews have been in tragic exile for over 2,000 years, but are being re-gathered even now as we approach the end of this age. Meanwhile, we Gentiles have been grafted into the Vine and the responsibility of bringing in this fi nal harvest of souls is ours. We must not, no, we cannot fail as did God’s chosen race!
Finally, some good news for some:
“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in his wings” (Mal. 4:2 TLB).
Praise the Lord!
Jan and I love you 36 years long and strong! We will be looking for your love gifts and for many new partners who have heard this word of the Lord!