They That Feared the Lord

Then they that feared the LORD spake often to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.  And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

Malachi 3:16-17

The previous verses in this chapter dealt with the people who spoke out against God and who said that it was vain to serve the Lord.  They had questioned God, doubted Him and rejected Him.  They thought that the proud were happy and that wicked were good and honoured.  They had everything backward; God had implored them to return and they would not (vs. 7).  They were facing destruction and judgment and no one but themselves to blame for it.

These verses get a new subject.  Far from rejecting God, the people in these verses feared the Lord.  These were God’s people.  When they heard the blasphemy from those around them, they “spake often one to another.”  They were not lumped in with the blasphemers.  In fact, when they spake together, the Bible says that “the Lord hearkened, and heard it.”  When they spoke, God listened.  They feared the Lord, and these verses also tell us that they “thought upon his name.”  They feared God, they talked about Him, and they thought about Him.  God was so pleased with them that He wrote a “book of remembrance” for them.

Not only did God listen to them,  but He claimed them as His own: “they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts.”  What a great things to have said about you!  How did these people get to that position?  They feared the Lord, they thought about Him, and they talked about Him.  We can do these things every day.  How are we doing?

4 responses to this post.

  1. That has been a huge benefit and blessing to me as I blog and read blogs! It makes so much difference in my day, to be thinking about Him so much and reading His word. 🙂 God bless you and thank you for helping us do these things that are pleasing to Him.

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  2. Thank you, Ben

    I like the feeling of being His 😉

    Blessings
    ann

    Reply

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