True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin. ‘For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the LORD Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth.
Malachi 2:6-7 (NIV)
Read: Malachi 2:1-9
Consider: Malachi means ‘My Messenger’ and the book is written as a rebuke to the people and the priests against the religious laxiety of the time.
When reading Malachi it contains some prophecy that points towards the coming of Christ and his messenger, John the Baptist (see 3:1).
There are other passages in Malachi that speak directly to the priests of the day. However, some of what is said could just as easily be said of certain sections of the church today. There are some parts of the church where the last thing they try to do is to ‘… turn many from sin’. They have forgotten that they are God’s Messengers and their job is to share knowledge and instruction. Having turned away from the authority of Scripture, they have nothing of any value to share.
Malachi should encourage those in church leadership to keep their teaching true to Scripture and to share the gospel, so as to turn many from sin. It is a great privelege and awesome responsibility to be ‘God’s Messenger’.
Pray: Lord, we pray for our church leaders. May they be true to you and hold to the authority of Scripture and may their lips be full of knowledge and instruction about you. Give them a confidence that you have chosen them to be your Messenger. Amen