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1. The LORD'S Love of Israel
Today's Passage: Malachi 1:1-5
Get to know your bible. It will become a good friend.
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Or, for your convenience I have typed the verses below from the
New Living Testament (NLT).
Thank You for meeting me, LORD.
I welcome you into this place.
Please prepare my heart Jehovah.
Thank you for insight.
We see God in nature. We can worship him as we see him there. But, we hear God through his words. Worshiping him in this intimacy of conversation with Him is relationship.
Eastern forms of meditation encourage an emptying of the mind. A release. This is not scriptural. We can find scripture that warns of leaving ourselves empty.
"Anyone who isn't with me opposes me, and anyone who isn't working with me is actually working against me.
When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, 'I will return to the person I came from.' So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and in order. Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before." Luke 11:23-26
So Biblical meditation refers to placing the Word of God in our minds and thinking about that. Reflecting on what has been read and reread from the word. Not on emptiness. But instead, the Word of God.
We do not ponder our navels.
Instead we ponder the words that He has given us to get to know Him.
A chant or a mantra although very powerful, they have not the power of God's written words. God speaks when we listen, but as you cannot hear an orchestra's beautiful music when you are not in the concert hall, we cannot hear his words without opening the bible.
We can see him in nature, but we hear him through His Words. We can and should worship Him in both ways. But for our purposes we speak of the benefit of worshiping through reading His Word.
Meditation in WORSHIP
God is able to speak to us through those words that we read and reread, as we think about what we have read and ponder those words infiltrate our minds and change us. They give us a better understanding of what God is saying in His word. Through that better understanding we begin to think differently, and our attitudes and lives change. Even our actions toward ourselves, others and the world change to be more Christlike.
And isn't that what Christians desire? To be Christ like. To be Christ followers. To know God.
With these precepts or tenets in place, let us begin with WORSHIP.
1. This is the message that the LORD gave to Israel through the prophet Malachi.
2. "I have always loved you," says the LORD,
But you retort, "Really? How have you loved us?"
And the LORD replies, "This is how I showed my love for you: I loved your ancestor Jacob,
3, but I rejected his brother, Esau, and devastated his hill country. I turned Esau's inheritance into a desert for jackals."
4. Esau's descendants in Edom may say "We have been shattered, but we will rebuild the ruins."
But the LORD of Heaven's Armies replies, "They may try to rebuild, but I will demolish them again. Their country will be known as the "The Land of Wickedness,' and their people will be called 'The People with Whom the LORD is Forever Angry."
5. When you see the destruction for yourselves, you will say, 'Truly, the LORD'S greatness reaches far beyond Israel's borders!"
Malachi 1:1-5 NLT
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