More and More Malachi

Malachi 1

 1 The burden[a] of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.

Israel Beloved of God

    2 “ I have loved you,” says the LORD. 

      “ Yet you say, ‘In what way have You loved us?’ 
      Wasnot Esau Jacob’s brother?” 
      Says the LORD. 

      “ Yet Jacob I have loved; 
       3 But Esau I have hated, 
      And laid waste his mountains and his heritage 
      For the jackals of the wilderness.” 
       4 Even though Edom has said, 

      “ We have been impoverished, 
      But we will return and build the desolate places,” 

Thus says the LORD of hosts: 

      “ They may build, but I will throw down; 
      They shall be called the Territory of Wickedness, 
      And the people against whom the LORD will have indignation forever. 
       5 Your eyes shall see, 
      And you shall say, 

      ‘ The LORD is magnified beyond the border of Israel

 

1 The burden[a] of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.

The message that Malachi had was like a burden to him that he needed to be delivered from.

 

 2 “ I have loved you,” says the LORD. 

      God is speaking to Israel here as a loving father with great affection,but Israel was like a rebellious child that constantly challenged His words of love for them. 

But Esau I have hated

Many times in the OT the verb “hate” has the meaning of “not to choose” or could even indicate indifference.  God’s love for Jacob was expressed by in His electing grace and extending His covenant to Jacob and his descendants in His sovereign purpose, God set his love on one and not the other and this may merely indicate indifference not what we know as hate.

 

4 Even though Edom has said, 

      “ We have been impoverished, 
      But we will return and build the desolate places,” 

Edom was a nation descended from Esau, and they shared Esau’s unbelief and self confidence.  Destruction made Israel reexamine her relationship with God but destruction in Edom resulted in more pride and  confidence in self alone.

Thus says the LORD of hosts:  This expression describes God as the supreme commander of the universe. The hosts are His heavenly armies.

 

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