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Old Testament and New Testament: Malachi 1:2 (English and Spanish)

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“I have loved you,” says the the LORD. But you say, ‘How have you loved us?’ Is not Esau Jacob’s brother?’ declares the LORD. ‘Yet I have loved Jacob but Esau have I hated.” – Malachi 1: 2

Malachi 1: 2 Bible Verse Audio
Malachi 1: 2 Bible Verse Audio Minute

We are introduced to the Book of Malachi after seeing the Book of Ezra and the Books of Haggai. We are able to understand that after the construction of the temple there were promises of renewal and blessings that would be accompanied by the belief and faith in the LORD. We see in the Book of Malachi that while the temple had been constructed and the great city improved upon, the faith of the people did not improve.

Within the first few chapters of the of the Book of Malachi, we are able to see the reproof that is given to the priests who had offered polluted offerings by not giving GOD the first fruits of their offerings. We are able to see that this displeases GOD and reminds us back to the chapters in Genesis of Cain and Abel. We are able to see that instead of the priests giving GOD the first fruits, they give what was blemished. This displeases GOD and gives us an understanding of why the blessings that had been promised were not given to the people.

The first lines of the book indicate that GOD loves His people. Those who believe in His word and are able to give to GOD what He requires. We see in Genesis that Abel was able to give GOD what was pleasing while Cain withheld and only gave what was blemished. We are reminded of this again in Esau and Jacob’s story where Jacob is able to inherit the blessings while Esau does not. Similarly, GOD is giving the people a reminder to change their manner in which they attempt to please GOD.

Even through the reproof, we are able to see that GOD starts of by telling us through the prophet Malachi that He loves us. He loves those who believe in His word and in His love. We are able to see that reproof can appear to be difficult, but it is with the intention of changing a person’s or people’s behavior in order to improve. We are able to see how specific themes recur and allow us to understanding lessons that have been seen in the past.

“’Yo los he amado,’ dice el SENOR. Pero ustedes dicen: ‘En que nos has amado?’ ‘No era Esau hermano de Jacob?’ declara el SENOR. ‘Sin embargo, Yo ame a Jacob.” – Malaquias 1: 2

Malaquias 1:2 Pasaje de la Biblia Audio
Malaquias 1:2 Pasaje de la Biblia Minuto Audio

Somos introducidos al libro de Malaquias despues de ver el libro de Esdras y el libro de Hageo. Podemos entender que despues de la construccion del templo habian promesas de renovacion y bendiciones que acompanarian la creencia y fe de DIOS. Vemos en el libro de Malaquias que despues de que el templo fue construido y la gran ciudad mejorada, la fe de las personas no incremento.

Durante los primeros capitulos de el libro de Malaquias podemos ver lo que DIOS dice sobre los sacerdotes que habian dado ofrendas que no heran al agrado de DIOS. Podemos ver a DIOS no le gustan las ofrendas y nos recuerda a los capitulos de Genesis de Cain y Abel. Vemos que en vez de dar las primeras frutas dan lo que no es al agrado. Esto no es del agrado de DIOS y nos puede ayudar a entender por que las bendiciones no se habian dando de las promesas previas.

Las primeras lineas del libro indican que DIOS ama a Su gente. Los creeyentes que creen en la palabra de DIOS pueden darle a DIOS lo que requiere. Vemos en Genesis que Abel pudo dar las ofrendas al agrado de DIOS y fue lo que agrado a DIOS. Mientras Abel daba buenas ofrendas, Cain daba las ofrendas que no era del agrado de DIOS. En otra historia similar vemos que en la historia de Esau y Jacob, Jacob fue el que pudo tener bendiciones de DIOS mientras que Esau no las pudo tener. Similarmente, DIOS le estaba dando al puebla la habilidad de cambiar para poder agradecer a DIOS.

Aun con esto, podemos ver que DIOS nos ama cuand el profeta Malaquias dice que DIOS nos ama. Nos ama a todo aquel que cree en la palabra y en Su amor. Podemos ver que habeces lo que nos pide puede ser dificil, pero puede ser con la intencion de hacer cambiar a la person or personas para el bien. Podemos ver temas que suceden otra vez durante los diferentes libros y esto nos ayuda a entender lecciones que se han visto en el pasado.

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