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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Malachi 3:16,17

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"GOD'S JEWELS"
I. MAN'S PROPER ATTITUDE TOWARD GOD. "THEY THAT FEARED THE LORD."
A. Different types of fear.
1. Phobia's which are debilitating.
2. Fear which is caution.
3. Fear which is a reverential awe.
a. This is the type of fear meant in our text.
b. When I look at the universe.
c. When I look at a flower.
d. When I look at a baby.
B. "To fear the Lord is to depart from evil."
1. The Bible equates wickedness to the lack of the fear of the Lord.
a. Chapter 4:1,2.
b. If I truly fear Him, I will want to please Him.
C. Paul, in Romans 1, speaks of those who did not glorify God as God.
1. This arises from not having proper respect for God:
a. I think I know what is better for me than does He.
1. I begin to order God.
a. My morning prayers are His orders for the day.
2. Worse, I begin to demand God.
a. I treat Him as a dog - speak God, roll over.
2. If God has enough wisdom to create this world, He has enough wisdom to know what's best for me and the wisest thing I can do is to totally yield my way to Him.
3. To fear the Lord is to commit your ways, your life completely to Him.
D. What do people that fear the Lord do?
1. They talk about Him as they converse with each other.
a. The Lord becomes the main topic of our conversations.
b. People seem to have general themes: cars, girls, clothes.
c. Note, they speak often.
1. How often do you talk about God?
2. What is your response when the subject of God is brought up?
a. Oh, I never speak about religion or politics.
b. That is saying you have no interest in God.
2. They think upon His name.
a. In that culture, names had meaning.
1. Often it expressed character.
2. Sometimes characteristics.
3. The Lord will give us new names.
b. The name, "Yahweh", the becoming one. How God becomes to me whatever I need.
c. The name "Yashua", or in Greek, Jesus.
1. God has become my salvation.
II. GOD'S RESPONSE TO THOSE THAT FEAR HIM.
A. Whenever they talked about Him, His eyes dropped.
1. Have you ever noticed how attuned you are to your own name?
2. Whenever the Lord is brought up in our conversation, He tunes in.
B. He keeps records on them.
1. The Bible speaks about those whose names are written in the Book of Life.
C. God claims them as His own, "They are Mine."
1. God said to Satan, "Have you considered My Servant, Job?
2. How glorious when God says to me, "My son."
D. We become "His jewels."
1. Jesus spoke of the Kingdom of God as a hid treasure in a field.
2. Do you know how highly God values you?
E. "I will spare them."
1. Spare them from what?
a. His day of judgment when He shall destroy the wicked.
Sermon Notes for Malachi 3:16,17 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Matthew 1:18 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Zechariah 4:1-6 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Matthew 1:18 Next Book →
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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