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Thursday, February 25 2016

Malachi 1: The Jacob And Esau Lesson

"Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob"

Malachi, from the Hebrew name pronounced mawl-aw-kee, meaning servant, or messenger, was a true prophet (see Where Did True and False Prophets Originate?) of the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) in the era of Zerubbabel (see Zerubbabel's Return), Ezra (see Ezra's Journey From Babylon) and Nehemiah (see The Arrival Of Nehemiah's Cavalry) - when the people of Judah had returned from their Babylonian exile (see also Why Didn't The Exiles Want To Go Home?).

Malachi's LORD-given prophecies were very similar to the warnings that were delivered to the people of Judah before they had been taken into exile, in the time of Jeremiah (see Jeremiah: The Prophet's Conception). They were apparently already falling back to "obeying" the LORD in ways that they chose for themselves. Much of present day "Judaism," which resulted in them not recognizing the Messiah when He came, originated in the time after that return from Babylon (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism; also Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism). Much of what calls itself Christianity has done the same thing - the reason that they won't immediately recognize the Messiah when He returns, but will instead try to fight Him (see Antichristians and The Coming World Dictator).

The Reconciliation Of Jacob and Esau The Book of Malachi begins with the reason why Esau lost the LORD's favor (see the Fact Finder questions below) - and why it was the same reason that Israel and Judah also lost the LORD's favor, despite the advantage of the Messianic-purpose blessings and responsibilities that they had been given. Notice even the analogy of "the LORD's table" was repeated, with the same results.

"1:1 The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi.

1:2 I have loved you, saith the LORD.

Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us?

Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob, 1:3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.

1:4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.

1:5 And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The LORD will be magnified from the border of Israel. 1:6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name.

And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?

1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. 1:8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.

1:9 And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts.

1:10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.

1:12 But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible. 1:13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD.

1:14 But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen." (Malachi 1:1-14 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) How did the personal conflict between Jacob and Esau begin? (b) When did it end?
(a) See The Birth of Jacob and Esau and Esau's Blessing Taken By Jacob
(b) See Jacob's Peace With Esau and The Nations Of Esau


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This Day In History, February 25

138: Roman Emperor Hadrian adopted Antoninus Pius, providing the way to make Antoninus Pius the next emperor (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba).

Queen Elizabeth 493: Odoacer surrendered Ravenna after a 3-year siege.

628: Persian Kiung Khosrau II was overthrown by his son Kavadh II.

1308: Edward II was became king of England.

1336: 4,000 defenders of Pilenai (a fortress in Lithuania) committed a mass suicide rather than be captured by the Teutonic Knights.

1525: French king Francis I was defeated and captured by Imperial forces at Pavia.

1570: In the last such decree made (to date) against a reigning British monarch by any pope, Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I (daughter of Henry VIII who broke away from the Church of Rome and created the Church of England). Pius (his real name was Antonio Ghislieri, born in Bosco, Italy) also absolved her subjects from allegiance to her (the pope in effect gave his "blessing" to anyone in England who would assassinate Queen Elizabeth), an of murder and treason that the majority of them refused to attempt.

1723: Christopher Wren died. The English architect became a prolific designer of buildings after the Great Fire of London in 1666, notably the new St. Paul's Cathedral.

1815: Napoleon left his exile on Elba, intending to return to France.

1831: The Battle of Olszynka Grochowska during the Polish November Uprising against the Russian Empire.

1856: The Paris Peace Conference opened after the Crimean War.

1899: Paul Julius Reuter, German founder of the Reuter's news agency that bears his name, died. It began in 1850 when he set up a European pigeon post service from Aachen to Brussels.

1916: During the First World War (1914-1918), German forces captured Fort Douaumont during the Battle of Verdun.

1932: Austrian-born Adolf Hitler obtained German citizenship, thereby allowing him to run for President (see also Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1945: Turkey declared war on Germany near the end of the Second World War (1939-1945).

1954: Gamal Abdul Nasser, a man dedicated to the destruction of Israel, became leader of Egypt.

1971: The Pickering (a city near Toronto) Nuclear Generating Station, the first commercial nuclear power station in Canada, became operational.

1986: After the assassination of his major political opponent Benigno Aquino, and the uprising that followed, Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos fled into exile in the U.S. (adding to the U.S. collection of ousted dictators during that time, which earlier included the Shah of Iran).

1991: Members of "Warsaw Pact" signed an agreement to dismantle the once powerful communist military alliance.

1994: Baruch Goldstein, a U.S.-born Jewish settler, murdered 43 Muslim worshipers at a mosque in Hebron before he was overcome and beaten to death (see also A Biography Of Abraham: Mamre in Hebron and Joshua 14: Caleb's Hebron).


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