“MALACHI: Open Window”

On Nov. 17, Pastor Katy preaches on Malachi 3:7-12.

7 Ever since the days of your ancestors you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, “How shall we return?” 8 Will anyone rob God? Yet you are robbing me! But you say, “How are we robbing you?” In your tithes and offerings! 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me—the whole nation of you! 10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing. 11 I will rebuke the locust for you, so that it will not destroy the produce of your soil; and your vine in the field shall not be barren, says the Lord of hosts. 12 Then all nations will count you happy, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.

Malachi is the final book in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), and in many ways this single minor prophet summarizes the entire Hebrew Bible, as well as the human experience. After God’s people have been allowed to return from exile and the temple has been rebuilt in Jerusalem, they wait and wait and wait for the coming messiah. They had hopes and expectations that things would be different, that things would be better, but their hopes begin to fade, and disillusionment sets in. All they see everywhere they look are closed doors, and they begin to give up on God. We all have seasons of closed doors filled with pain, disappointment, and unmet expectations. It could be that as we face challenges in life, God’s grace will come not through a door at all, but through an open window.