Magnified Among the Gentiles

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.

Malachi 1:11

As a twenty-first century Christian, I understand that the majority of the Old Testament is not written specifically to me nor about me.  It was written primarily to the Jews under the law.  Obviously the entire Old Testament was written “for my learning” and “for my admonition;” there are many lessons that I need to learn from the Old Testament.  But, when I come across a verse like this, I get excited because in it, I see myself.

The Israelites had profaned His name.  They had despised Him.  And so He tells them that He is going to judge them and that His name is going to be great among the Gentiles.  His own chosen people are not going to magnify His name, but, all around the world, it will be the Gentiles who will magnify His name.  His own people have despised His name, but the heathen will glorify His name.  It will be the heathen who will offer acceptable sacrifices.

I am among those Gentile heathen who would come to magnify His name.  And so are many of you who read this.  We are not among God’s chosen earthly people.  But we are a part of the fulfillment of this verse.  We are those heathen who glorify His name.

Of course, this glorifying and magnifying His name is not natural for a heathen.  It requires a perfect sacrifice for sin.  And that is where our Lord Jesus Christ comes in.  He is our perfect sacrifice that allows us to come to Him.  He is the reason that God’s name is magnified among the Gentiles.  If today we can praise the Lord for His salvation, we need to thank Jesus for making a way for us to come to a holy God.  What a wonderful Saviour!

4 responses to this post.

  1. I have just come from reading Psalm 103 about this wonderful Savior of ours. How fortunate I am to be among the gentiles called into His kingdom! I can never thank Him enough for the privilege!

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  2. So thankful with you that Jesus made a way for us! God bless you, Ben, and your grateful heart!

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