14 November 2019

Malachi 2:1–9, Colossians 3:5–17, 1 Peter 2:1–8 (read online)

In a number of bibles (both translations and iterations), this passage in Malachi has the header of Warning to the Priests. You may have read that yourself. This passage is indeed to the Israelite priests, who fulfill the forms of worship, prayer, supplication, and , but do not fulfill the t of any of it. Tying the t of worship to ing ’s name should give any of us pause. Look at what is equating to the behavior of their ts: animal poop and entrails. In other s, what’s coming out of them is crap. Pretty harsh.

The problem that many Christians have reading this passage is, “this doesn’t apply to me.” Except if you read Paul’s and Peter’s letters, the category of Israelite/Jewish Priest actually does apply to all of us. Paul’s letter res the human-based barriers between people. Peter res the concept of non-priest. In other s, the warning of Malachi does apply to each of us.

Now, we could say that the Law doesn’t apply to us. Okay. Yet, the “Law” of love (love the Lord your ) would seem to wipe that argument out in context. While we use and have the titles of priest, pastor, reverend, minister, and while they have a certain place within the , that does not spare us from the priesthood of all believers.
Re-read Malachi. Replace “you” with “me”, and “your” with “my”. Take this personally.

1) How have you violated what s on us to do/be according to the s in Malachi?

2) Scripture is pretty down-to-earth. This passage in Malachi shows it (along with a little rephrag). Why is it important that the are so down-to-earth? What happens when we over gentle the Word of ?

3) Barriers are a common tactic. Why do you think it is important that Paul and Peter red them? What barriers need to be red in your , particularly with how you categorized and interact with other people?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.