A Question of Provision

May 27, 2018 Speaker: Cameron Barham Series: The Burden of Malachi: God's Unchanging Love for His Unstable People

Scripture: Malachi 3:6–3:12

Key Truth: God is unchanging in His commitment to love us as our Protector and Provider which calls for repentance and faithful obedience from us in response.  

 


Introduction:

What areas of your life are you most consistent in?
Why those areas?  

 

“Malachi continues to deal with the spiritual malaise that affected the people by reminding them of God’s constancy. Their preservation was due to the Lord’s unwavering commitment to the covenant, not theirs (3:6).”

John L. Mackay, Haggai, Zechariah, & Malachi: God’s Restored People

 

 

A Question of God’s Provision and Our Theft:

Malachi 3:6-12:

“Of course, such temptations were multiplied by the relative ease of fudging one’s tithe figures….For this reason, tithing was perhaps the perfect test to expose one’s true heart relationship toward the Lord: faithful giving or selfish stinginess would truly be known only by the individual and God.’”
Iain M. Duguid & Matthew P. Harmon,
Zephaniah, Haggai, Malachi: Reformed Expository Commentary

 

How quick are you to repent and seek restoration with the Lord?
What does your current
practices in generosity reveal about your faith and trust in God as Provider?

 

 

Application:

Malachi 3:6-12 teaches us that:

God is unchanging in His commitment to love us as our Protector and Provider which calls for repentance and faithful obedience from us in response

 

“If they persisted in disobedience, there would be no divine provision or protection. It would not matter if they gave money; if they were divorcing their spouses, marrying pagans, not teaching the word right, ruining worship, or treating poor people with contempt, then tithing would not bring blessing.’”

Allen P. Ross,
Malachi Then and Now:
An Expository Commentary Based on Detailed Exegetical Analysis

 

 

 

Benediction:

2 Peter 3:8-13

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