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11/13/2012

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Making God Tired


"You have wearied the Lord with your words. How have we wearied him? you ask" (Mal.2:17a).

After the Israelites had returned from the Babylonian (Persian) captivity, Ezra and Nehemiah had led them back to the Lord with their reforms. When a new generation arose, the people began to slink back into the ways that displeased God. It was Malachi's job to get them back on track. He answers their question from today's verse with the completion of the verse... "By saying, 'All who do evil are good in the eyes of the Lord, and He is pleased with them' or 'Where is the God of Justice?'" (17b)..... As Malachi spells out their sins in the third chapter, we might think that we were reading the morning newspaper... "I will be a swift witness against sorcerers. Against adulterers, Against perjurers, Against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, against those who turn away an alien --- Because they do not fear me,' says the Lord of hosts" (3:5). The same sins that littered the spiritual landscape in the days of Malachi, pollute ours also. The helpless, who are symbolized by the widows, orphans, and aliens found themselves without resources to live and were ignored... As we read ahead, we also find that they were robbing God... "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house" ( 3:10 )... It was apparent that other things were more important than giving back to God the share that he deserves. Sound familiar? Have you ever wanted to throw up your hands in frustration as people blatantly ignore God's just precepts and say; "I'm getting so tired of this"? The prophet Isaiah said this: "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness. who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter" (5:20). There is enough religious cynicism in the world, we must not allow it to seep into our fellowship... We do not want God to grow tired of us...

Have a wonderful day... Do good, give God the glory... Love mark Phil.4:11

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