Our Reason for Godliness
Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament. These are the last words the people of Israel will hear before Jesus comes. So what does he write about? He writes to prepare the way for the coming savior. Will Israel be prepared? Four hundred years will pass before Jesus comes. What kind of legacy will the people of Malachi’s day leave for the generation that receives Jesus? That is in view as Malachi describes the current condition of the people. The legacy they are currently leaving is not a pretty one. While the spiritual climate seemed positive under the preaching of Haggai and Zecharia and the leadership of Nehemiah, it has grown routine and cold. The people go through the motions when it comes to worship, but their lives don’t reflect the light and hope of the world. Malachi exposes their condition and explains the ingredients and tools they need to leave a godly legacy that will prepare the way for the Lord. We will walk through these in the next couple of months. But before we begin to talk about these ingredients and tools we need to answer the question, why leave a godly legacy? Or perhaps more to the point, “How?” since things seem to be so bad?
The answer is simple and yet so extremely important. Without this answer we would have no hope in leaving a lasting godly legacy. None. Zip. What is it? It is this: God is leaving a godly legacy. And because God is leaving a godly legacy, we have hope that we will too.