A Picture of Failed Word Ministry

Let’s think about the picture Malachi paints, first of all, of a failed Word ministry. It’s a sobering picture. And there’s an event that occurred earlier this year, really a tragedy, that I think serves as a helpful metaphor for the message of this part of chapter 2.

A Pattern for the Faithful Ministry of the Word

So Malachi paints a picture of the failure of Word ministry and yet he gives us a promise about the future of the ministry of the Word for our great comfort.

The new covenant priesthood not based on ceremonial law.

Look at verses 12-17 and perhaps we ought to stop there. In verses 12-17, the author then tells us that there is a connection between this new priesthood and the change in the law. 

The old covenant was not the culmination of God’s plan.

I want to point to four or five things that this passage emphasizes.  First in verse 11, which is in a sense a capsule summary of what the author is going to be arguing for the rest of the chapter. 

A More Sure Word of Prophecy

In the lead-up to the Truth Matters conference in October, we will be focusing our attention on the sufficiency, authority, and clarity of Scripture.

Honoring the Spirit by Honoring the Scriptures

In the lead-up to the Truth Matters conference in October, we will be focusing our attention on the sufficiency, authority, and clarity of Scripture.