Pamphlet 1808 Malachi kc 3-2
"O ye priests (ministers), this commandment is for you!" HELLO!
Mal. 2:1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.
 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.
In other words, exactly how do priests "give glory unto His name"...
by saying "Praise the Lord" and "Great is the Lord"? NO!
It is by the TEACHING of God's Word,
chapter by chapter and line by line, through the lips of His priests,
His messengers, that people come to learn of His marvelous ways
and His wondrous works and grow in their fear (i.e. reverence) toward their Father.
This is STILL the DUTY of the priests/ministers
land... but alas,
most would rather conduct services of praise and worship
rather than spend time studying and doing their homework,
laying His commands to heart, and teaching His Word with understanding to His children!
Here is how our people truly learn to love the LORD.
Deut. 31:12 Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:
 And that their children, which have not known any thing, may hear, and learn to fear [i.e. love] the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.
All they know about loving God is what they have learned from the traditions of men.
What a lamentation (a sad song) indeed!
Isaiah 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
Romans 10:2 "For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge."
And so it is written in Mal. 2:2,
if those who claim to represent God
will not lay to heart His Word and do as He commands His priests/ministers to do,
and teach His Word instead of following traditions and teaching fairy tales,
then He has cursed them already... for the curses were written of long ago (Deut. 28:15-68).
Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.
In other words,
He is going to put a stop to their idolatrous ways of misleading His people
and drawing them away from His Word, from the mercy seat where Christ dwells!
To wit, the next phrase in this verse denotes how our
about what they teach and has reference to the refuse (dung)
of the blemished spotted unacceptable sacrifices they bring to Him.
 And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
I mean, how much plainer can it
"O ye priests (Christian Ministers), this commandment is for you!" HELLO!
For sure it is graphically portrayed enough as to be self
explanatory... and then... after their "fling" with the Lord,
those idolatrous priests shall be hauled off along with the refuse ...
even sporting it on their faces as their new make-up!
Let's repeat that part of Mal. 2:3 ...and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts;...
Then shall the priests/ministers know that He meant business in His message to them in this Book of Malachi.
To study the Bible is the noblest of all pursuits;
to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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