Malachi 3:13-18 (NIV)
Israel Speaks Arrogantly Against God
13 “You have spoken arrogantly against me,” says the Lord.
“Yet you ask, ‘what have we said against you?’
14 “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? 15 But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.’”
The Faithful Remnant
16 Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name.
17 “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him. 18 And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.
1. What do you believe the word righteous means? What does it mean to you?
a. For me it means, being right with GOD
b. Which we can’t do on our own
c. We need the strength of Jesus
d. He died for us, so we can be saved
2. As a child do you ever remember doing something wrong and then being punished for it, but perhaps you really didn’t know what you’d done?
a. V. 13 makes me think of this idea because many times both Christian and non-Christians speak arrogantly about God
b. Some believe they can act how they’d like and still receive all of God’s blessings
c. Non Christians don’t care how they’re perceived as long as their accepted by their peers
3. (v. 13) Can you think of a time when you spoke arrogantly against Him?
a. What does it mean to be arrogant towards God?
b. How did you feel after the fact?
c. These words can be any negativity towards him such as blaming him for your downfall or bad luck
d. Blaming him for death or pain
e. How do you think this makes Him feel
4. (v. 16) What can we gain by carrying out his requirements
a. What’s it matter
5. This can be described as being two types of people- those who understand the importance of serving Him and those who don’t
a. Those who serve Him would fear Him
b. Those who don’t believe there’s nothing to lose
6. (v. 17) When looking at v. 17, what do you think the day if referring to?
a. I believe it introduces the last day of judgment
b. A day of destruction for the wicked but healing for the righteous.
7. (v. 17) How do you feel about line 17 where he says, “…they will be mine”?
a. Refers back to v.16
8. In the early stage of Old Testament revelation the nation of Israel is called God’s “treasured possession” (Ex. 19:5; Deut. 7:6; 14:2).
9. The final verses return to the promised ancestors and encourage the people to keep the Law of Moses.
10. What are some ways you can tell the different between those who serve God and those who don’t?