Sunday, September 26th, 2021
Sunday Morning Worship (9:30 AM)
Sermon Text (Malachi 2:1-9):
 “And now, O priests, this command is for you.  If you will not listen, if you will 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. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart.  Behold, I will rebuke your offspring, and spread dung on your faces, the dung of your offerings, and you shall be taken away with it.  So shall you know that I have sent this command to you, that my covenant with Levi may stand, says the LORD of hosts.  My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him. It was a covenant of fear, and he feared me. He stood in awe of my name.  True instruction was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity.  For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.  But you have turned aside from the way. You have caused many to stumble by your instruction. You have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts,  and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you do not keep my ways but show partiality in your instruction.” (ESV)
We have recently started a new sermon series going through the last book of the Old Testament – Malachi. This Sunday we will be looking at Malachi 2:1-9, where the Lord rebukes the priests for their corruption of the covenant that He had made with Levi. For, as He tells them, a priest (much like the pastor today) was to be “the messenger of the LORD of hosts” (v.7). As such, “true instruction” was to be found in his mouth, and his example was to be one of ‘walking with God in peace and uprightness’ (v.6). And as a result of that, the priests, like Levi before them, were to turn many from iniquity (v.6).
But sadly, the priests in Malachi’s day were the polar opposite of the example of Levi. They themselves did not walk with God, but had “turned aside from the way” and ’caused many to stumble by their instruction’ (v.8). And so in many ways the sad state of the nation, both in their careless approach to worshiping and serving God as well as in the chastisements that they were experiencing for it, were in many ways the fault of the unfaithful priests who had corrupted God’s covenant with the Levites.
And so here in our text God is rebuking them for their manifest sins and shortcomings, reminding them of the godly example of Levi who they were to have followed, and even now graciously calling them to repentance. It was not too late to turn from their wicked ways and follow God in earnest!
What a timely message for us in the church today! Do we not see many of the same kinds of things going on in our own day? Do not many in positions of ministry and leadership in our churches likewise fail walk with God and faithfully teach the whole counsel of God in order to turn many away from iniquity? May God use His Word to reform His church today, and bring us to repentance, so that He might use us for His glory, and lead many to the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, through our testimony to the gospel!
We hope that you will join us for worship this Sunday! If you are unable to attend in-person, see our YouTube channel for the live video feed starting @ 9:30 AM (PST).
Sunday Night Bible Study (6 PM)
Please join us on Sunday nights as we go through the Westminster Shorter Catechism together. The Shorter Catechism is a very clear and helpful summary of the Reformed faith.