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Malachi 3:16 - 18
Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name. "They will be Mine," says the LORD of hosts, "on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him." So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.

Reading this just now, I had two thoughts really jump out at me. First, throughout the book of Malachi, the LORD has been detailing a litany of sins Israel has been committing, and still, He is shown here to have an aim above the outpouring of His wrath upon a people deserving just condemnation. What is that aim? It is to cause this sinful, rebellious people to heed His warnings so that He might show them mercy, so that He might spare them from His just wrath. Second, the LORD says that He will "spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him." There's no way that a just God can let our sins go, yet He still desires to have compassion on us, doesn't He? So what does He do? He sends the perfect, holy Son to die for the imperfect, sinful sons.

Thank you, Father.

posted by Bolo | 9:43 AM
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