"And now this commandment is for you, O priests. "If you do not listen, and if you do not take it to heart to give honor to My name," says the LORD of hosts, "then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings; and indeed, I have cursed them already, because you are not taking it to heart. "Behold, I am going to rebuke your offspring, and I will spread refuse on your faces, the refuse of your feasts; and you will be taken away with it. "Then you will know that I have sent this commandment to you, that My covenant may continue with Levi," says the LORD of hosts.
Insights: Malachi is giving the priests a warning from the Lord regarding their relationship with Him. In 1 Peter 2:9 we are reminded we, those who are born again and have received Jesus’ pardon, are a part of a royal priesthood. So, these warnings to Israel’s historical priests can be applicable to us as Christians. The ear is not the seat of emotion in Hebrew culture, however, to help us understand what God is calling the priests to, it will help with this concept of connectedness with God. When we hear things, it often times results in an emotional response, whither that response is happiness, anger, sadness or expectation. In this warning God is telling the priests they do not listen, they do not emotionally connect with God. In Hebrew culture the heart is the seat of intellect. God is calling the priests to connect with Him intellectually as well. Yet in this verse God tells us the priests that they do not take to heart what they have heard from God. In Psalm 1:2 we are told a wise man meditates, thinks on, God’s word day and night. These priests are giving no thought to God. Finally they are to willfully connect with God as He tells them to honor Him. Again, however, these priests are not taking heed to these warnings. God is calling us to be in an intimate relationship with Him that encompasses our entire being, all of our emotions, intellect, and volitional will. In God’s warning to us, He states if we will not take heed to His warning, then curses will fall on us and our children. Ron Brown helps us here. He wrote, “God doesn’t desire to curse and show contempt. If the people repented, if they listened to Him and took His Word to heart, then God would lift His judgment. Repentance is God’s desire for any who sin against Him.” Beloved, repent and reconnect with God!
- Are you heeding the warnings of the Lord?
- Are you in jeopardy of the Lord’s cursing upon you?
Prayer: Father, I hear Your warning and desire to be in union with You in all areas of my life. Mold me by Your grace into the child You desire me to be. Amen.