Psalm 81:11-13; Isaiah 59:2; Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 15:18-19; Romans 1:18-20,24-25; 8:5-8; Ephesians 2:1-3; 4:17-19; Titus 1:15-16; 3:3
For Jerusalem has stumbled, and Judah has fallen, because their speech and their deeds are against the Lord, defying His glorious presence.
Malachi was God’s messenger, or His prophet. He warned the Israelites, God’s special people, of their sinfulness. God had given the Israelites specific laws for their ceremonial sacrifices made in the temple. These laws were for their own good and to bring glory to God. The priests in Malachi’s day were not obeying God’s laws. They were offering polluted and bad sacrifices. They were dishonoring and rejecting God.
Everything was perfect in the world until we broke it. When humanity chose to sin, the world that was once perfect became messed up and broken. Sin is ultimately a rejection of God Himself. Because of sin bad things happen, we experience all types of pain, and death has come into the world. All of creation groans and wishes that the world be perfect and good like it was before.
Every child should know that:
Every child should:
Every child should feel:
Every child should want: