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Today we come to Malachi 2:17-3:6. We are crossing over the half way point in our study. God refers to himself some 24 times in these 4 short chapters as the The Lord of Hosts. We are learning about the character of The Lord of Hosts as we make our way through this short prophecy. He reveals Himself in a powerful way to us in these verses that we will study this week.
We will see that The Lord of Hosts is the perfectly just, purposefully refining, immutable, supreme judge, and that is our glorious hope! We read in Malachi 2:17-3:6:
You have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet you say, “How have we wearied Him?” In that you say, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and He delights in them,” or, “Where is the God of justice?” 3:1 “Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the LORD of hosts. 2 “But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. 3 He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the LORD offerings in righteousness. 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years. 5 “Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien and do not fear Me,” says the LORD of hosts. 6 “For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.
In this text we will see that The Lord of Hosts is the perfectly just, purposefully refining, immutable, supreme judge, and that is our glorious hope! Let’s see this unfold in this passage together. First of all, we see that God is perfectly just.
I. The Perfectly Just God v17
Notice in verse seventeen that Malachi announces, “You have wearied the LORD with your words.” That term wearied is interesting because it generally describes exhaustion from physical labor. How is this even possible that they would wear the one true God out? Think about it. He created the heavens and the earth in 6 days. He didn’t rest until the 7th, and even then, it wasn’t because He needed rest. It was because we needed rest, so He gave us an example. Now, this God who does not need rest has been exhausted by them. This leads to the obvious next question “Yet you say, “How have we wearied Him?”
They ask the obvious question. How have we worn you, the Lord of Hosts, out? He answers them clearly. “In that you say, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and He delights in them,” or, “Where is the God of justice?” In essence, they have exhausted God by accusing Him of injustice. They were claiming that those who do evil are good in God’s eyes. It seems as though God delights in those who do evil. They were asking in a round about way, where is the God of justice?
To misrepresent God wearies Him more than creating the heavens and the earth. He is a jealous God. He is jealous for His name, for His character, for His attributes, and for His glory. Let us not take His Name in vain by misrepresenting him! Isaiah warns in Isaiah 5:20, “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” This God is the perfectly just God. Not only is He the perfectly just God, but He is the purposefully refining God.