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August 21 – Malachi 4

We’re on a tour of the minor prophets for the rest of the summer: Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Malachi 4

Judgment and Covenant Renewal

“Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them. But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty.
“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.
“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”

SOAP Note

Giving All of Us to the Lord | Rebecca Hoyt

Scripture

Malachi 4:2a

Observation

My Bible notes say that Malachi closes with reference to the law of Moses. The promise of the coming of Elijah offered hope that God would still speak to Israel.  Jesus declared John the Baptist to be this Elijah (Matt. 11:13-14; 17:12; Mark 9:11-13). God’s promise to Israel will be fulfilled in Jesus.

Application

In the “Written On My Heart” section of my Bible at the end of Malachi it says, “Half-hearted obedience is disobedience. Spiritual apathy and vain religiosity do not receive the blessing of a holy and worthy God. Though you might attempt to hide the true attitude of your heart and keep areas of your life from the touch of God, His gaze pierces the deepest recesses of your heart, and His mighty arms reach the things we keep farthest from Him. Malachi reminds you that you are to worship the Lord fearfully and wholly with your hearts, lives, and money, lest you rob Him of what He deserves.”

Prayer

Dear Father, thank You for reminding me that there is nothing to hide from You. You know every part of me, and You want me to worship You with every part of me – not just some, but all. Thank You for Your love, mercy, and forgiveness. Amen.

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