Overcoming Self-Deception

Malachi 2.10-16

  1. Take a Step Back

    1. Examine Your Heart/Affections (Malachi 1) (Be careful – The Theory Determines the Experience!)

    2. Reset Your Thinking (Malachi 2.1-9) (This is the Priest/Mediator’s Primary Job!)

    3. Judge Your Behavior (Malachi 2.10- 3.15)

      1. Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage (2.10-16)

      2. “Tolerating”/Condoning Bad Behavior (2.17-3.6)

      3. Financial Giving (3.7-12)

      4. Your Commitment to Ministry (3.13-15)

    4. Embrace God’s Intent (3.16-4.6)

  2. Seek Wisdom Regarding Marriage

  3. Fulfill the Covenant of Marriage

???? – Adam and Eve (Gen 1-2)

1800 BC – Isaac and Rebekah (Gen 24)

1400 BC – Moses authorizes divorce “for hardness of heart” (Deut 24; Ex 21)

710 BC – Israel Hardens Heart/Divorces. God grants certificate (Isa 50.1)

625 BC – Israel Divorces God through Adultery. God grants certificate (Jer 3.8)

430 BC – Malachi rebukes the One Who Divorces (Mal 2.10-16)

5 BC – Joseph almost divorces Mary (Matt 1)

30 AD – Jesus teaches on divorce (Matt 19)

55 AD – Paul teaches on divorce (1 Cor 7)

The Wisdom of God

Malachi 2.1-9

A Heart Healed (Malachi 2.1-9)

  1. Honor God’s Character (Heart/Affections) (1-6)

  2. Preserve Clear Instruction (Mind) (7-9)

  3. Gather . . .

Malachi’s Path to Clear Thinking: Who Doesn’t Want Life, Peace, Awe, Honesty, Uprightness, and Mentoring? (2.1-6)

  1. Guard Knowledge (2.7a)

  2. Seek Instruction (2.7b)

  3. Accept the Need for a Messenger/Mediator (2.7c)

  4. Avoid Stumbling People (2.8)

  5. Reject Partiality (2.9)

The Affections of God

Romans 11:33-12:21

Acquaint Ourselves with Malachi’s Situation
Trust God’s Affections (Heart) (Malachi 1.1-5)
Own Our Empty, Cheating Heart (1.6-14)
Honor God’s Character (2.1-6)
Preserve Knowledge and Instruction (Head) (2.7-9)

Resolute

Revelation 21.1-5; 22.1-7

  1. Don’t Minimize the Curse (Gen. 3.1-6; Isa. 1.5-6; 53.4-5)

  2. Do Maximize Grace (Gal. 4.1-7, 2 Tim. 2.1)

  3. Show People Light IN the Darkness (1 John 2.1-10)

    IF we don’t minimize the curse,

    IF we do maximize grace,

    IF we show people light IN the darkness, then we can

    Span the Agonizing Gap!