Closing the book on the old covenant: Malachi

In that Day we shall see the Lord, the Conquerer.

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Today’s reading: Malachi 1-4.

“Why does the Old Testament end with a curse?”

The honeymoon didn’t last long. When the exiles returned from Babylon and rebuilt the temple and Jerusalem’s walls, they renewed their covenant with God. They rejoiced with great joy. They seemed poised to advance with God, for they acknowledged the sins of their fathers and abandoned idolatry. Yet little more than one hundred years later, when Malachi prophesied, the old sins resurfaced. It was a final nail in the coffin of the old covenant.

The people lacked faith. They doubted God loved them. Why were things not better, they asked, if God loved them so much?

They lacked conviction. They practiced religion as a ritual without any devotion. They gave God whatever was available, rather than giving him their best.

They lacked compassion. They abused rather than cherished their wives. Their business practices reflected…

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