Tag Archives: Gleanings

Gleanings from Malachi Ch. 1

Duccio_di_Buoninsegna_066[1]Summary Sentence:

Malachi chapter 1 is a court-room drama in which the covenant God indicts His people for their spiritual doubt, spiritual hypocrisy, and spiritual apathy.


1) Prologue

2) Spiritual Doubt (vs. 2-5)

3) Spiritual Hypocrisy (vs. 6-12)

4) Spiritual Apathy (vs. 13-14)

Key Themes or Words:

1.“The Lord of Hosts” used 8 times: vs. 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14

2. God questions His people 8 times: vs. 2, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13

3. Polluted Offerings are mentioned 12 times: vs. 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Summary Thoughts:

Malachi chapter one highlights not only the spiritual struggles and problems of 5th century B.C. Israel, but the spiritual struggles and problems of the Church in all ages. Both at a personal and corporate level, we struggle with spiritual doubt, spiritual hypocrisy, and spiritual apathy. This chapter highlights both the reality of those sins and the seriousness of them. In this chapter we see how serious sin is to God. The mere fact that one is part of the Church does not mean that God no longer convicts us of sin. True believers should be convicted by their wandering hearts and brought to true repentance, while false Christians will be exposed by their double-mindedness.






I want to introduce a new feature/series on this blog, something that I’m calling “Gleanings”.  My hope is to present (roughly) weekly reflections on a particular passage that I’ll be studying in my personal worship.  As I look forward to married life (and with it, the prospect of regular family worship again!) I’ve decided to restructure the way I do my devotions.  I want to focus my personal time in God’s Word to emphasize study and meditation and use the time in Scripture reading as a family to give me the “big picture” survey by reading multiple chapters at once.  We’ll see how the details work out, but at the moment I’m testing the approaching of spending one week with a particular chapter of the Bible.

I’ll try to read the same chapter every day for a week, pulling out verses to memorize and meditate upon, identifying key words and themes, outlining the passage, and summarizing the chapter in one key sentence.  This is not intended to be an in depth study with commentaries and exegetical studies, but rather I hope to present some of the simple gleanings that I’ve learned from my time with the passage.  It is an exercise in Christian meditation more than an example of detailed study.  I hope it will prove profitable for both writer and reader!

Gospel Reformation Network

Cultivating Healthy Reformed Churches in the PCA

I am the King's Man

The Analogy of Topological Language


Making stuff from scratch in the wild

The Garden Professors™

Advancing the science of gardening and other stuff since 2009

Rationality as Worship

The Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy

Read the Fathers

Join a world-wide community in reading the church fathers daily.


... for the Classical, Charlotte Mason Mama

Inside Classical Education

News, Reviews and Interviews about Classical Education

West Port Experiment

On parish missions, the care of souls, and all things Reformed


Just another WordPress.com site

Hough Family Blog

Just for the memories