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?”
Malachi is addressing the priests and rulers of Israel. In verse sixteen, Malachi tells the priests just how sinful they have been, but he also lets them know that there is still time for repentance. He also advises them of the consequences they will have to suffer if they continue on their current path.
I thought I would write a short piece about verse seventeen because it addresses the arrogance of man.
We have certain expectations of God. When events and circumstances don’t meet those expectations we complain. We complain to ourselves, each other, and as Malachi states, we complain to God. Malachi tells Israel and its priests that there arrogance troubles God, but the priests in their own ignorance and arrogance have no idea what it is they are doing. They complain that the evil are praised by God and complain that God is not handing out justice that the immoral and corrupt priests expect.
This behavior wearies God. It is tiresome to watch as corruption questions why other corruption has to be justified to the corrupt.
Man’s expectations of justice are usually rooted in covetousness, pride and ignorance. The priests and leaders break the simple laws of God and yet cry out for justice to be inflicted on those they feel have sinned against them.
Malachi addresses the arrogance of man, as the complaints to God by man, all center on man, as if man is the center of all things.
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