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It Isn't Fair!

Malachi 2:17-3:6

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You have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet you say, "How have we wearied Him?" In that you say, "Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them," or, "Where is the God of justice?" [3:1] "Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming," says the Lord of hosts. [2] "But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. [3] "And He will sit as a smelter and purifier of silver, and He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, so that they may present to the Lord offerings in righteousness. [4] "Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord, as in the days of old and as in former years. [5] "Then I will draw near to you for judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers and against the adulterers and against those who swear falsely, and against those who oppress the wage earner in his wages, the widow and the orphan, and those who turn aside the alien, and do not fear Me," says the Lord of hosts. [6] "For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed. 

This morning, I want to begin my sermon with a public confession. I have been guilty of the very thing Malachi warns against in this passage. As recently as last September, I turned from the horrifying images on the TV screen and stared through the window and asked "God, where are you?" For a fleeting moment, something base and ugly surfaced from my soul that shook my faith. I'm not proud of it. But to deny it happened would only intensify my sin. And to preach to you today as if I am immune from those kinds of thoughts would be a greater sin.

I don't think I was alone, was I? Was I the only one lamenting evil and asking for justice?

God asks an interesting question in verse 2. In effect, He asked, "Do you really want justice?" Do you 

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