God’s Covenant Love (Malachi 1:1-5)
Step one in reviving a lukewarm church is a renewed focus on God’s covenant love.
I. Exposition of the Text
A. God’s love called in to question (1-2a)
B. God’s love is demonstrated by judgement (2b-4)
C. God’s love will be acknowledged by His people (5)
II. What is God’s Covenant Love? God’s love is S.U.R.E.
III. Why is God’s “covenant love” an important message for today?
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1:1 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!” (ESV)