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Friday, August 3, 2012

The Small Remnant Are Jewels To The Lord, You Are His Jewel, A Message Of Encouragement



Mal 3:16  Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

Mal 3:17  And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

Mal 3:18  Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

JFB;

There has been always in the darkest times a remnant that feared God (1Ki_19:18; Rom_11:4).

Feared the Lord — reverential and loving fear, not slavish terror. When the fire of religion burns low, true believers should draw the nearer together, to keep the holy flame alive. Coals separated soon go out.

Wesely:

Malachi 3:16
Then - When contempt of God was grown so high. That feared the Lord - Those that were truly religious. Spake often - Conversed together the more frequently. And a book - All this is spoken after the manner of men. For them - On their behalf.

Clarke:
            They feared the Lord. They had that reverence for Jehovah that caused them to depart from evil, and to keep his ordinances.

            They spake often one to another. They kept up the communion of saints. By mutual exhortation they strengthened each other’s hands in the Lord.

            They thought on his name. His name was sacred to them; it was a fruitful source of profound and edifying meditation. The name of God is God himself in the plenitude of his power, omniscience, justice, goodness, mercy, and truth. What a source for thinking and contemplation! See how God treats such persons: The Lord hearkened to their conversation, heard the meditations of their hearts; and so approved of the whole that a book of remembrance was written before the Lord - all their names were carefully registered in heaven. Here is an allusion to records kept by kings, Est_6:1, of such as had performed signal services, and who should be the first to be rewarded.

Geneva;

 After these admonitions of the Prophet, some were strongly touched, and encouraged others to fear God.

Both because the thing was strange that some turned to God in that great and universal corruption, and also that this might be an example of God's mercies to all repentant sinners.

K&D;

We may see from this, that they strengthened themselves in their faith in Jehovah, as the holy God and just Judge who would in due time repay both the wicked and the righteous according to their deeds, and thus presented a great contrast to the great mass with their blasphemous sayings. This description of the conduct of the godly is an indirect admonition to the people, as to what their attitude towards God ought to be.

What was done by those who feared Jehovah ought to be taken as a model by the whole nation which called Jehovah its God. Jehovah not only took notice of these conversations, but had them written in a book of remembrance, to reward them for them in due time.

Henry:

II. Here is the gracious notice God takes of the pious talk of the saints in Zion, and the gracious recompence of it. Even in this corrupt and degenerate age, when there was so great a decay, nay, so great a contempt, of serious godliness, there were yet some that retained their integrity and zeal for God; and let us see,


1. How they distinguished themselves, and what their character was; it was the reverse of theirs that spoke so much against God; for,

(1.) They feared the Lord - that is the beginning of wisdom and the root of all religion; they reverenced the majesty of God, submitted to his authority, and had a dread of his wrath in all they thought and said; they humbly complied with God, and never spoke any stout words against him. In every age there has been a remnant that feared the Lord, though sometimes but a little remnant.

 (2.) They thought upon his name; they seriously considered and frequently mediated upon the discoveries God has made of himself in his word and by his providences, and their mediation of him was sweet to them and influenced them. They thought on his name; they consulted the honour of God and aimed at that as their ultimate end in all they did. Note, Those that know the name of God should often think of it and dwell upon it in their thoughts; it is a copious curious subject, and frequent thoughts of it will contribute very much to our communion with God and the stirring up of our devout affections to him.

 (3.) They spoke often one to another concerning the God they feared, and that name of his which they thought so much of; for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak, and a good man, out of a good treasure there, will bring forth good things. Those that feared the Lord kept together as those that were company for each other; they spoke kindly and endearingly one to another, for the preserving and promoting of mutual love, that that might not wax cold when iniquity did thus abound. They spoke intelligently and edifyingly to one another, for the increasing and improving of faith and holiness; they spoke one to another in the language of those that fear the Lord and think on his name - the language of Canaan. When profaneness had come to so great a height as to trample upon all that is sacred, then those that feared the Lord spoke often one to another.

[1.] Then, when iniquity was bold and barefaced, the people of God took courage, and stirred up themselves, the innocent against the hypocrite, Job_17:8. The worse others are the better we should be; when vice is daring, let not virtue be sneaking.

[2.] Then, when religion was reproached and misrepresented, its friends did all they could to support the credit of it and to keep it in countenance. It had been suggested that the ways of God are melancholy unpleasant ways, solitary and sorrowful; and therefore then those that feared God studied to evince the contrary by their cheerfulness in mutual love and converse, that they might put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.

 [3.] Then, when seducers were busy to deceive and to possess unwary souls with prejudices against religion, those that feared God were industrious to arm themselves and one another against the contagion by mutual instructions, excitements, and encouragements, and to strengthen one another's hands. As evil communication corrupts good minds and manners, so good communication confirms them.

2. How God dignified them, and what further honour and favour he intended for them. Those who spoke stoutly against God, no doubt looked with disdain and displeasure upon those that feared him, hectored and bantered them; but they had little reason to regard that, or be disturbed at it, when God countenanced them.

(1.) He took notice of their pious discourses, and was graciously present at their conferences: The Lord hearkened and heard it, and was well pleased with it. God says (Jer_8:6) that he hearkened and heard what bad men would say, and they spoke not aright; here he hearkened and heard what good men did say, for they spoke aright. Note, The gracious God observes all the gracious words that proceed out of the mouths of his people; they need not desire that men may hear them, and commend them; let them not seek praise from men by them, nor affect to be taken notice of by them; but let it satisfy them that, be the conference ever so private, God sees and hears in secret and will reward openly. When the two disciples, going to Emmaus, were discoursing concerning Christ, he hearkened and heard, and joined himself to them, and made a third, Luk_24:15.

Dear reader we have read what the commentaries have said concerning these verses, what a consolation.

 It is a great thing to think in our lords eyes we are his Jewels. We are the apple of his eye. The context we read many who were going the wrong way, made a change, and what a change of heart it was.

This is our hope when we fail, when we sin, when we become cold towards the things of God. If we have breath, we have a chance to make it right.
The lord always has a remnant, no matter how small, the remnant is always there, as it is now.

I was deeply moved by the words Of JFB,

Feared the Lord — reverential and loving fear, not slavish terror. When the fire of religion burns low, true believers should draw the nearer together, to keep the holy flame alive. Coals separated soon go out.

How we need each other in these days, we must not and cannot do it alone. The fire of true Christianity is burning low, we are to draw nearer together to keep this holy flame alive. If we do not, if we are separated by pet pea doctrines, any separation will eventually cause the fire of the coals to go out

Paul told Timothy the same.

2Ti 1:6  Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

1Ti 1:18  This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;

1Ti 4:14  Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

We must at times stir up the gifts and callings of the lord, take the coal that is losing its flame and fan into a fire. We must do this individually, but we also must do it corporately, as the bride of Christ.

Look, there are not many of us left, the number grows smaller every day, but the remnant will always be here.

It is the norm at times to neglect the gift and call the lord has given you, this is why we are in need of daily renewal.

 The lord said we are his jewels, he will protect his valuables as we are not called unto wrath, he will keep us unto the day of his second coming. I love the text, it says we are written in a book, our names, and each one written in it, as a memorial when we come out of sin, false doctrine and once again embrace the bible standard of true Christianity.

Dear reader, no matter what, stay in the truth, stay in the lord’s presence and if at all fellowship with others. This is necessary, the devil is a master at picking out the ones who are alone, who have no covering of fellowship, this is why we need each other.

Truth is important, we read in Eph. Ch 6, about the armor of God we should have on. The belt is called the belt of truth, in ancient armor, it was this thick belt that held the rest of the armor together, so with out bible truth, sound doctrine, our armor will be penetrated by the evil one . He has been doing a darn good job of it. It is all about truth, the bible is truth. The greatest is love the mandate is truth.

A costly gem is no small matter, as I said I studied Gemology and found many gospel truths in that study.

 We are his jewel, as a gemologist, I understand fully what is the meaning of this.

we are not jewels that are the type that are dull, but shinning brightly as the Holy Spirit sheds his light, and Jesus is the light of the world, this light , esp. in diamonds gives off so many colors.

 This shows variety, it shows the many difference in our lords charter and the character of man, we are many colors indeed, but we are one in Christ.

If you have been dull, dead, backslidden, there is hope as our text brought out, all we need to do is return to God and he will return to us, we draw near to Him, he draws near to us.

 The focus of much of this lesson is the grouping together of the remnant, so we may minister to each other. Fan the holy flame so we can have the countenance of the lord on us, we do not deserve it, we can not work it up, nor achieve it by legalism, it is all mercy and grace.

Dear reader, you are the lords special Jewel, believe this today, you are precious in His sight, even when you loath yourself.

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