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The “Jesus Focus” in the Book of Malachi

13 Mar

Reading The Bible Through The Jesus Lens in Malachi

From Biblical Book to Biblical Hook

Charts adapted from Dr. Michael Williams Book

Title for Malachi

Malachi: Theme

Malachi 3:7

“Honor God”

When he comes to judge, God will spare those who honor Him.

“Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty.

Christ-Focus in Malachi

Implications from Malachi

Hooks from Malachi

The Father honors Jesus, who honored him with faithful service.

 “who was faithful to him who appointed him, just as Moses also was faithful in all God’s house.

 For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself.

 For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.

 Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later

 But Christ is faithful in all God’s house as a son.  And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.”

 – Hebrews 3:2-6

By the power of the Spirit of Christ, we must strive to honor God with our lives.

 “If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”

 – John 12:26

 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,

 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

 – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Does your life bring honor to God?

 Have you allowed the demands of your immediate circumstances to crowd out the joys and responsibilities of a God-centered life?

 What is the ultimate end of a life focused on something other than God?

 What one thing could you do right now in your present circumstances to honor God?

 What is keeping you from doing it?

 Where can you find the strength to do it?

 

 

 

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