Today’s Reading: Malachi 1:1-5 (English Standard Version)
1 The oracle of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi. 2 “I have loved you,” says the Lord. But you say, “How have you loved us?” ”Is not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. ”Yet I have loved Jacob 3 but Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.” 4 If Edom says, “We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins,” the Lord of hosts says, “They may build, but I will tear down, and they will be called ‘the wicked country,’ and ‘the people with whom the Lord is angry forever.’” 5 Your own eyes shall see this, and you shall say “Great is the Lord beyond the border of Israel!”
- God is faithful.
- Our lives demonstrate God’s faithfulness in all situations at all times.
- This passage very specifically demonstrates God’s love for Israel.
- I’m glad to know that God was patient with the hard-headed Israelites. That helps me understand why He is so patient with me!