Pamphlet 1809 Malachi kc 3-3
is evident that most priests (preachers, etc.) of Christianity today,
just as it was in the type set forth by their counterparts in the days of Ezra,
prefer to remain in the comfort of Babylon's prosperity.
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.
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.
What is the covenant God made with Levi, the priesthood? You will find it in Num. 25:10-13 and in Deut. 33:8-10. The command of a true priest of God is to teach His people and to pray and to present unblemished "unspotted" sacrifices acceptable 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.
Here is more on that covenant:Deut. 33:8-10
And of Levi he said...
 They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law: they shall put incense before thee, and whole burnt sacrifice upon thine altar.
Life and peace come from hearing and knowing the Word of God. The priests were in charge of imparting His Word, and therefore life and peace, unto the people. But alas! They went astray and caused our people to stumble and fall (vs. 8)! In fact, it is written in the 8th chapter of Ezra concerning the Levite priests that NOT ONE of them went forth with Ezra and Nehemiah to rebuild the temple when Cyrus gave the decree. They all stayed back in good old prosperous Babylon where life was a piece of cake (filled with leaven of course). Ezra actually had to send a Nethinim, a temple worker, back to Babylon to obtain some true Levitical priests to perform the duties in the temple.Mal. 2:5
My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear [reverence] wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.
There is nothing new under the sun in this generation. The decree has gone forth and we are all called to come out of Babylon the great of these end times. Rev. 18:4 "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." However, it is evident that most priests (preachers, etc.) of Christianity today, just as it was in the type set forth by their counterparts in the days of Ezra, prefer to remain in the comfort of Babylon's prosperity. Laziness and comfort was not the covenant made with Levi then, neither is it the covenant of Christian preachers today! They are to turn our people away from "iniquity", from the idolatrous sins of Babylon (religious confusion), by teaching the law of truth, the Word of God, straight from His Word, from His Mouth, directly through their own lips to the ears of the people. Why? So that He might be glorified!
Again, the law of truth is God's Word, the opposite of which is iniquity, also called lawlessness! That is exactly what the traditions of men are... lawlessness, and therefore someone who teaches those traditions instead of teaching God's Word, speaks iniquity and unrighteousness through his lips. The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.
Here is what God expects from His messengers and anyone who tells you that you don't need to study God's Word because all you need is to have (emotional) love in your heart, is a liar and speaks the words of men, not God. Here ye the Word of the LORD:
 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
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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