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.

The Right Kind of Hunger

Some Christians undergo a frantic struggle every Sunday to remember where they last saw their Bibles. They know they had it with them at church last week.

Craving God’s Word

Babies crave milk, and only milk. Parents care about the color of the blanket, the pattern of the curtains, the decorations in and around the crib, and the way the child is dressed.

The True Source of Spiritual Life

People don’t always do the things they know they should. Whether it’s eating vegetables, paying bills promptly, or getting to bed on time, some people’s everyday actions defy what they know to be best.

Rejecting Sinful Desires

Hunger for God’s Word is incompatible with the desire for sin. That’s why the apostle Peter calls us to reject sinful desires—they are deadly obstructions to a healthy biblical diet.