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Old Testament and New Testament: Malachi 2: 4-7 (English and Spanish)

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“So shall you know that I have sent this commandment to you, that my covenant with Levi may stand, says the LORD of hosts. My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him. It was a covenant of fear, and he feared me. He stood in awe of my name. True instruction was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity. For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.” – Malachi 2: 4-7

Malachi 2: 4-7 Bible Verse Audio
Malachi 2: 4-7 Bible Verse Audio Minute

We read in Malachi Chapter 1 that GOD loves His believers and those who trust in His saving power. We know this because it is a recurrent theme throughout the books of Old Testament and New Testament. We are reminded that GOD created us for His purpose, and we have the ability to serve His will. We see the distinction of the two different manners of serving GOD through Abel and Cain, Jacob and Esau, and again Joseph and his brethren. We get to see the different manners of serving GOD. Again we are reminded of another example between the previous Levite priests who did what was right and the priests of the exile that are reproofed.

Malachi starts by issuing several reproofs to the people but it starts with the priests. They are told to give what is pleasing echoing the manner in which Cain gave half-heartedly while Abel gave with joy. We are able to see that GOD wants us to give pleasingly to His will not only in our work, our blessings, and our beliefs. We are able to give thanksgiving to GOD, and allow His strength and belief to work in us. We see that the priests of the exile where doing the least possible that they could in order to get away with doing the requirements. There was no joy, love, or emphasis on pleasing GOD. It had become another day of multiple days. They did not see their new day as a day to please the LORD and give thanksgiving and be filled with happiness.

Malachi tells the people this in order for them to change their ways. GOD is saying again and again through the prophets, the need to change the manner in which they worship, preach, and continue. They are meant to be filled with enthusiasm instead of being hum drum about life and even more than life about the matters that concerned GOD. We see again a dichotomy between the true believers of the Levites that did everything according to the will of GOD in the past and the exile priests. We see the two different manners of pleasing or displeasing GOD.

Levi or the Levites made sure to keep the commandments and allow people to know them and guard them in their hearts and minds. We are reminded of the scriptures that says place the scripture in your mind and heart. The reason was to prevent our belief and faith from being eroded or modified by other doctrines and beliefs that are not biblical. We learn that the Levites feared GOD. They saw His amazing power to change history. They saw nature and saw the magnificence of GOD’s creation and knew that the Creator and Almighty Father made the creation awe inspiring as a representation of GOD’s power. They knew that GOD delivered them out of Egypt, the Edomites, and Canaanites among the nations. We are reminded of the Levites that were faithful to GOD even when they knew that they would not have a portion or inheritance with Israel and they would eat the LORD’s food offerings for their inheritance yet they did believe and did not grumble. They believed that the LORD was their inheritance and had faith similar to Moses in delivering Israel from Egypt.

We see the opposite of faith in the priests of the exile, who give what is blemished because they want to keep was was good. They gave the commandments but did not believe in them wholeheartedly. They wanted to please man more than please GOD. They wanted to preach faith, but live in the security of being able to have their needs met. They wanted to act righteous, but inwardly they did not have the faith of Moses or the Levites. To this GOD sends Malachi, the messenger. GOD sending prophets is His manner of giving people another change of salvation and explaining His steadfast love. But instead of attempting to understand or learn, they grumbled as they grumbled with Malachi.

We can see why GOD did not send another prophet for 400 years until John the Baptist to preach the entrance of Jesus Christ, the Messiah. It is sad to understand what led to GOD being silent to His chosen believers. They were chosen but no longer believing. We may say that the exile may have changed their hearts and caused them to become resentful; however, GOD wants us to believe in His faithfulness and promises. With Moses, while the people grumbled, he was able to lead and to even speak on their behalf to avert their destruction. And when they made him speak bitterly, GOD understood why. As believers can we understand why there was silence for 400 years until John the Baptist who again was another opportunity to get right with GOD?

Malachi, the messenger, allows us to see a fork in the road concerning the manner true believers and false believers would go. We see Malachi preaching despite opposition and adversity from an established priesthood who wanted to only do as they wanted and not the manner that GOD had established in reference to the Levites. Likewise, we are able to see John the Baptists’ immense duty to accomplish the will of GOD. That was why he was rough around the edges and cared not what people thought of him. His will was GOD’s will. We see a similarity between the last prophet of the Old Testament and the first prophet of the New Testament. We see that both care more about pleasing GOD than men. They care more about pleasing the will of GOD than that of men. This ultimately allows us to see how there is a similarity that is not coincidence or luck. It is a divine fingerprint showing us that GOD sends who He sends and accomplishes His will over everything, in Heaven, on earth, and everywhere else.

“Entonces sabran que les he enviado este mandamiento para que Mi pacto siga con Levi, dice el SEÑOR de los ejercitos. Mi pacto con el era de vida y paz, las cuales le di para que me reverenciara; y el me reverencio, y estaba lleno de temor ante Mi nombre. La verdadera instruccion estaba en su boca, y no se hallaba inquidad en sus labios; en paz y rectitud caminaba conmigo, y apartaba a muchos de la iniquidad. Pues los labios del sacerdote deben guardar la sabiduria, y los hombres deben buscar la instruccion de su boca, porque el es el mensajero del SEÑOR de los ejercitos.” – Malaquias 2: 4-7

Malaquias 2: 4-7 Pasaje de la Biblia Audio
Malaquias 2: 4-7 Pasaje de la Biblia Audio Minuto

Vemos en el Capitulo 1 de Malaquias que DIOS ama a los creyeentes y aquellos quienes confian en el poder salvador de DIOS. Sabemos esto porque es un tema recurente a traves de los libros del Viejo Testamento y Nuevo Testamento. Sabemos que DIOS nos creo para Su proposito, y tenemos la habilidad de servir a Su voluntad. Vemos la distinccion entre las dos diferentes maneras de servir a DIOS con el ejemplo de Abel y Cain, Jacobo y Esau, y otra vez de Jose y sus hermanos. Vemos las diferentes maneras de servir a DIOS. Hay otro ejemplo cuando vemos los sacerdotes Levitas que hacian lo que era corecto y los sacerdotes exiliados que no hacian lo corecto y fueren corejidos.

Malaquias empieza corijiendo a las personas pero empieza con los sacerdotes. Les dice que den lo que es del agrado de DIOS similarmente hacian lo que Cain hacia en comparacion con Abel quien daba con gusto. Vemos que a DIOS le agrada que demos a traves de Su voluntad no solo en el trabajo, o con bendiciones, sino tambien con nuestra fe. Podemos dar gracias a DIOS, y dejar que Su fuerza y creencia trabajen en nosotros. Vemos que los sacerdotes exiliados hacian lo minimo posible para decir que estaban haciendo los requerimientos. No hay alegria, amor, o un emfasis en agradar a DIOS. Solamente era otro dia de muchos dias. No veian la oportunidad de que el nuevo dia era un dia especial para agradar a DIOS y dar gracias y estar lleno de jubilo.

Malaquias le dice a las personas esto para que puedan cambiar la manera que actuaban. DIOS dice una y otra vez a traves de los profetas, que hay que cambiar la manera de orar, adorar a DIOS, de predicar, y de continuar. Deberia de haber una sensacion de entusiasmo y solamente era una sensacion de deber. Vemos la dicotomia que existe entro los creeyentes de DIOS en los Levitas cuando hacian todo a la voluntad de DIOS en el pasado y los sacerdotes del exilio. Vemos que hay dos diferentes maneras de agradar or no agradar a DIOS.

Levi o los Levitas estaban de acuerdo en guardar los mandamientos y dejar que la gente los supieran y los guardaran en sus corazones y mentes. Esto nos recuerda las escrituras que dicen que debemos de poner las escrituras en nuestras mente y corazon. La razon es para prevenir que nuestra creencia y fe sea cambiada o modificada con otras doctrinas o creencias que no son biblicas. Sabemos que los Levitas temian a DIOS. Veian la grandeza y el poder de DIOS para cambiar la historia. Veian en la naturaleza la significancia de el poder de la creacion que DIOS tiene y sabian que esto es una representacion del poder de DIOS. Sabian que DIOS los saco de Egipto y los defendio de los Edomitas y multiples naciones. Esto nos recuerda a los Levitas que fueron fieles a DIOS aun cuando sabien que no recibirian una porcion o herencia de Israel y tendrian que comer la comida de las ofrendas de DIOS. Aun ante todo esto, ellos creyeron y no refunfuniaron. Ellos sabian que DIOS era la herencia y tenian fe similar a la que Moises tubo para poder defender a Israel de Egipto.

Vemos los opuesto de la fe con los sacerdotes de los exiliados, quienes daban lo que no era del agrado de DIOS. Daban los mandamientos pero no creian en ellos completamente. Querian agradar mas a las personas que agradar a DIOS. Querian predicar pero no tenian fe que DIOS proveria. Querian actuar pulcros pero no habia fe similar a la fe de Moises o de los Levitas. A todo esto DIOS manda a Malaquias, el mensajero. DIOS manda a profetas de manera que las personas tengan otra oportunidad de escuchar la salvacion que DIOS da y el amor eterno que DIOS tiene por nosotros. Pero vemos que las personas que responden a Malaquias no tratan de entender o aprender, y solamente se quejan de lo que Malaquias dice.

Vemos que esto puede ser porque DIOS no mando otro profeta en 40 decadas hasta que Juan el Bautista empezo a predicar la entrada de Jesus, el Mesias. Es triste entender que fue lo que hizo que DIOS no hablara con Su pueblo elejido de creeyentes. Eran elejidos pero no creian. Podemos ver que el exilio pudo haberles cambiado el corazon y causar que tubieran un corazon de resentimiento, pero DIOS quiere que tengamos fe a las promesas de DIOS. Con Moises, cuando las personas se quejaban, el pudo liderear y hasta poder prevenir la ira de DIOS en contra de ellos. Y cuando lo hicieron que hablara amargamente, DIOS entendio porque. Como creyeentes tal vez se puede entender el silencio que duro por muchas decadas hasta que Juan el Bautista fue mandado para que volviera al pueblo elejido a tener otra oportunidad de tener vida eterna?

Malaquias, el mensajero, nos ayuda a entender que hubo una division en el camino de manera que hubo creyeentes y los que no creian. Vemos que Malaquias predica aun ante oposicion ante los que no creen en las promesas de DIOS de un establicimiento de sacerdotes que querian hacer lo que querian sin estar de acuerdo si DIOS queria que hicieran lo que hacian en contraste con los Levitas. Similarmente, vemos que Juan el Bautista es mandado con un gran trabajo que pocos podian hacer todo para la gloria de DIOS. Esto causa que sea entendible que actue de manera diferente y la voluntad de DIOS sea lo que mas importa. Vemos que la voluntad de Juan el Bautista era la voluntad de DIOS. Vemos similitudes con el ultimo profeta del Viejo Testamento y el primer profeta del Nuevo Testamento. Vemos que a ambos profetas les importa mas la voluntad de DIOS. La voluntad esta en agradar a DIOS y no a el mundo. Esto ultimamente nos ayuda a entender que esta similitud no es coincidencia. Esto demuestra la voluntad de DIOS y la manera que hace que la historia suceda. DIOS tiene control sobre todo en el Cielo, tierra, y en todo lugar.

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