In the Fullness of Time – Luke 1

As foretold by the seventy-weeks prophesy delivered to the prophet Daniel by the angel Gabriel, God had a plan and a timetable for His Son, Messiah Jesus Christ, to be born and live among His people as a human being.  Gabriel would return five centuries later to announce the unfolding of the Father’s plan, beginningContinue reading “In the Fullness of Time – Luke 1”

Lifting the Curse – Malachi 4

The prophet Malachi closed out the Old Testament with both a promise and a warning from God.  Afterwards, there would be no further scriptural word from heaven until the coming of Christ four centuries later. Malachi concluded his prophecy from God: 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophetBefore the coming of the great and dreadfulContinue reading “Lifting the Curse – Malachi 4”

The Sun of Righteousness – Malachi 4

One of my favorite times of day is the thirty minutes or so leading up to sunrise.  The lightening sky manifests itself in any number of ways, sometimes with an artist’s palette of soft pinks and oranges spread upon the clouds, other times with a single, brilliant vertical pillar of light.  Couple these visual masterpiecesContinue reading “The Sun of Righteousness – Malachi 4”

God’s Jewels – Malachi 3

Speaking though the prophet Malachi, the Lord tells us how He observes and regards our attitude towards Him and the ways that we reflect that in our actions. 16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemedContinue reading “God’s Jewels – Malachi 3”

A Larger Shovel – Malachi 3

Who can outgive God? It has been said that no one can outgive the Lord, for whatever charitable gift we shovel His way, He will return it back to us using a larger shovel.  But there is a caveat – do it discreetly, or the praise of other people will suffice as our reward. AsContinue reading A Larger Shovel – Malachi 3

Settle Out of Court – Malachi 3

God watches over all of us but pays particular attention to the weak and helpless.  When Christ returns to rule and reign on earth in the last days, we will be held accountable for any abuses we have committed against the humble.  Best to approach the Judge now to confess and make amends for anyContinue reading Settle Out of Court – Malachi 3

A Purifying Fire – Malachi 3

The prophet Malachi foretold of a day when God Himself would appear at the temple in Jerusalem.  This would happen a first time when Jesus Christ was born of Mary to share the good news of the coming kingdom of God and to offer Himself as a sacrifice to atone for the sins of theContinue reading A Purifying Fire – Malachi 3

God’s Messenger – Malachi 3

Malachi, the final prophet in the Old Testament, foretells of another prophet who will arrive four hundred years later, John the Baptist.  John would be the herald for the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ. 1 “See, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. Then the Lord you seek will suddenly comeContinue reading “God’s Messenger – Malachi 3”

A Good Spouse – Malachi 2

From the earliest scriptures, God states that He did not design people to live alone.  He takes the marriage relationship very seriously and has a deep interest in the way we are treating our spouses. The gift of marriage does not come to everyone, but if God wills it for us, we have certain responsibilitiesContinue reading A Good Spouse – Malachi 2