Last night I finished reading the entire Old Testament with footnotes for the third time. Woohoo! I’m not sure how long it took me this time around… I’m not really good at following a reading schedule. I just read however much I can everyday, or almost every day… okay, okay, SOME days. Anyways, I really enjoy reading the Old Testament, especially since getting the recovery version with footnotes. I read the book of Malachi last night; there are some really good juicy verses in that book. Would you be able to quote any verses from Malachi from off the top of your head? It would be interesting to see how many people even know what the last book of the Old Testament is.
Here are some of the verses I enjoyed:
2:15b Take heed then to your spirit, and let no one be treacherous to the wife of his youth. (That one is for you, honey. I know you’ll be reading this later.)
3:10 Bring the whole tithe to the storehouse that there may be food in My house; and prove Me, if you will , by this, says Jehovah of hosts, whether I will open to you the windows of heaven and pour out blessing for you until there is no room for it.
3:14 You say, It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge and have walked mournfully before Jehovah of hosts? (Footnote: This word indicates that the children of Israel worshipped (sic) and served God, but they did it mournfully, not at all happy that they were required to do these things.)
And this last one is my favorite –
4:2 But unto you who fear My name will the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings, and you will go forth and leap about like well-fed calves.
In short, my enjoyment of the book of Malachi can be summed up with these four sentences:
Listen to your spirit and be nice to your wife.
Give to the Lord and He will bless you.
Don’t serve the Lord walking around with a sad face.
Let the Lord shine on you and you will be a happy cow!