Advent 2 (2015.12.06 Sermon Audio)
December 6th, 2015 | John Chandler
Shane Blackshear continued our Advent reflections with the messengers words from Malachi 3:1-4.
With the possible exception of the sorcerers, who perpetuated ancient superstitions, all the groups listed were responsible for social evils. Malachi dealt in detail with those who swear falsely in his sermon on unfaithfulness, and would probably have considered among the adulterers this who divorced their wives. The wage-earner in Malachi’s day was ‘oppressed’ by being underpaid or by being kept waiting for his wages, and the widow and the orphan, who had no-one to shield them, were at the mercy of the unscrupulous. All these were always the Lord’s special concern. The sojourner would be known these days as the settler or the immigrant . He also had his rights, and God would judge the man who robbed him or them. All who ride roughshod over other people reveal that they do not fear the Lord of hosts, but when ‘draws hear for judgement’ the question ‘Where is the God of justice?’ will be answered. — Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi: An Introduction and Commentary
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