MALACHI 2:17: “You have wearied the Lord with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?” (ESV)
OBSERVATION: What do you get when you sow an olive seed into the ground? The answer seems obvious. Yet, it is not as obvious as it appears – at least it is not obvious to our present culture. What do I mean?
Malachi wrote to the Jews who had been released from the Babylonian exile. They had rebuilt the Temple and the walls of Jerusalem. They had settled into their life, and unfortunately had begun to also settle into their old sin. In the midst of all of this they were struggling. They could not understand why things were not going as well as expected. Why? They were planting “briar seeds” and expecting “olive trees”. In other words, they forgot the important principle of sowing and reaping.
The commentary Malachi gives of Israel during this time sounds like it was ripped from a modern headline. Israel was speaking from both sides of their mouth. On one hand they were winking at evil and even approving it. Malachi proclaimed – “You have wearied the Lord with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord and he delights in them.” As we witness the church at large lowering it standard of truth, we hear the echoing of these same words. God’s truth never changes. His nature never changes. We cannot redefine good and evil based on our own preferences or the changing cultural norm.
Secondly, and almost ironically, as they witnessed the effects of their own making they cried out – “Where is the God of justice?” Today, as the purveyors of the conventional wisdom of the day are running rapidly away from the truth of God’s Word, those who are doing so are also astounded at the result. “Where is justice?”, they cry. When we witness horrific acts of evil in the world, many are tempted to proclaim, “If there was a God then these type of things would not happen!” They forget the principle of sowing and reaping.
- “For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; it shall yield no flour; if it were to yield, strangers would devour it.” (Hosea 8:7 ESV)
We cannot live on both sides of the fence. We cannot reject God’s truth and moral standards, and then question God’s justice. If a society sows to the wind, they will reap the whirlwind. It is ironic that at the same time many in our government are tearing down displays of the 10 commandments throughout our land, they are also wondering why we have a continual increase in ungodliness and violent crimes. They blame guns, economics, educational models, and those who still hold onto traditional and moral values. As they do, they continue to sow “seeds of disobedience” and are shocked when they reap the resulting “briars and thorns”.
God loves us so much that He gave us His Word to guide us, His Son to redeem us, and His Spirit to abide with us and lead us into all truth. Everything we need to walk in light and love is placed before us. He has given us the seeds that can produce love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. If we as a culture reject these seeds, and sow seeds of our own making, we must be prepared for the crop that is to follow.
- When a person or a society reaps the whirlwind – it is not God’s fault! It is simply the wrong choice of seed.
Lord, give me the grace and wisdom to sow Your seed into my life. May I honor Your Word, yield to Your Son, and follow after Your Spirit – each and every day. Step by step, help me to sow seeds of life that will bring forth a harvest unto eternal life!
In Jesus Name!