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I had a young man that wanted to learn more about his Bible, so we started a Bible Institute course.  When he handed in his homework, the essay questions consisted of 2-10 words. When I asked him about it, he said, “I’m doing what you want.” He always tried to do the very minimum of anything asked of him and then was astonished when it wasn’t enough. He could also twist a request into something totally opposite.

God is telling the Jews in this passage that they were doing the very same thing and they reacted just like the young man I mentioned.  They had gotten to the point that they didn’t see the importance of serving God. As a result, they considered proud people happy. The held up wickedness and a good thing. They even protected those that tempted God.

Doesn’t this sound like America today? We have “Christians” that do their own thing and call it Christianity. They think worship is pointless. We have gay pride, for example. It is promoted and broadcast as happiness. Those that want to stifle Christianity are considered right and Christians as evil. The wicked are treated with honor and respect while Christians are insulted and even jailed.

The place to start to turn this around is my heart. Like Malachi told the Jews, we Christians have failed, but don’t realize it or are in denial. I need to apply this passage to me.

“Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.” Malachi 3:13-15.

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