Is It Worth It? (Malachi 3:13-4:6)Ben Clarke, 19th February 2017
Part of the Study of Malachi series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service
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3:14 "You have said, 'It is futile to serve God. What did we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty?
3:15 But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly the evildoers prosper, and even those who challenge God escape.' "
3:16 Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name.
3:17 "They will be mine," says the Lord Almighty, "in the day when I make up my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him.
3:18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.
4:1 "Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire," says the Lord Almighty. "Not a root or a branch will be left to them.
4:2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.
4:3 Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things," says the Lord Almighty.
4:4 "Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.
4:5 "See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes.
4:6 He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse."
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