Through day-to-day life, marriage is constantly highlighting and rubbing against our rough edges as we enter into deeper covenant with our spouses. Through its ups and downs, it becomes a living picture of the gospel - two people living in an unbreakable covenant with one another. In Malachi, God addresses the breakdown of marriage among the Israelites of that day, namely in their infidelity. He reminds the men, “do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.” In speaking of divorce, he even writes that the man who leaves his wife “does violence to the one he should protect.”
October 22, 2017 • Bruce & Tamara Miller
October 29, 2017 • Bruce Miller
Have you ever watched evil people get ahead in life and wonder, "where is God in this?" The dishonest coworker gets the promotion. The jerk keeps winning. The corrupt politician escapes jail time. If God is just, why would he allow these things to happen? The Israelites in Malachi's day were asking these same questions while exiled in captivity. They're supposed to be God's people, so how could he tolerate so much evil done against them? In Malachi 3, God promises a time when they'll be made new again when those who do blatant evil against others finally face judgment. His words serve both as an encouragement and a challenge to those who underestimate their own offenses against God.
November 5, 2017 • Bruce Miller
Money. It's a tool with as much potential for evil as good. It's also one of the most difficult topics in the Bible. God makes it clear in Malachi that his desire is to massively bless his people. But could our attitudes and behaviors towards money keep us from experiencing it?