THE NEED FOR SPIRITUAL REFORMATION. Mal 2:1-4
The Levitical priests are specially addressed here and reproved, because they have a mission to raise the Jewish society to true worship and to holiness. Instead they had led the nation into sin.
How are we leading our nation? Does our life constitute a reproof and example to the world around us or does our life simply reaffirm their life in sin.
I. THE NATURE OF THE SPIRITUAL REFORMATION REQUIRED.
A. We Need An Engaged Hearing of God’s Word.
Malachi 2:2 .
1. The need to listen in order to hear.
2. Parable of Linen Girdle: worn, taken, hidden in hole of rock; covered with soil; later found rotted.
3. How you hear is important.
B. We Need to be Applying and Practicing the Principals of God’s Word.
1. There should be the right attention given to what we know from God’s Word.
That Word is not only earnestly listened to it is to be laid to heart.
This means that what we hear must affect our lives.
2. God’s Word is to be applied to correct the wrong that is in us, generating and developing the
Truth in our lives.
C. We Need a Complete Dedication to the God’s Glory.
Glorify the LORD means: Honouring the name of the Lord,
Making much of Him.
Doing all for Him.
Prioritizing so that the Lord has the weight of our obligation.
Making the LORD first above all else and all others.
This is a reformation not of doctrine but of principle, not of systems but of souls. It is in truth the only reformation worth having.
II. THE URGENCY OF THE SPIRITUAL REFORMATION REQUIRED.
The neglect of setting things straight in our lives incurs:
A. A curse.
Malachi 2:2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.
Not the personal advantages and perquisites enjoyed by the priests, but the blessings they pronounced upon the people.
1. The service had been merely formal without any sort of reverence in it; the blessings they uttered were retributively evacuated of all efficacy and became a mere formula or liturgy.
B. A rebuke.
A theme of Malachi is the need for a Godly seed that will serve God.
Without a faith that is real and vital our children will not inherit the cleansing, the forgiveness and the regeneration that we have enjoyed.
Our Lord wants to enjoy his children as a Father should. But a belligerent child is held in contempt.
The dung is in the maw of the sacrifices on the feast days. The maw was given to the priests,
Deuteronomy 18:3 .
They were to get the dung of the maw as their perquisite instead of the maw.
And one shall take you away with it, it shall cleave to you wherever you go. (ie. Smell of dung)
What does our profession smell like —– and is it the same in our face?
Malachi spoke very graphically about the scent of our service and prayers when God’s Word is not laid to our hearts.
Have you been renewed in the spirit of your minds?