Monthly Archives: June 2019


He Will Sit as a Smelter

He Will Sit as a Smelter

Malachi uses the word picture of a metal refiner to describe how God will separate those who are truly his own from those who are not. “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. 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” (Malachi 3:2-3).......


How to Desecrate a High Place

How to Desecrate a High Place

“High places” are mentioned often in the Bible. They were places where religious practices took place, although not necessarily in a temple. Although some were located on physically elevated places, others were located in places like gates (e.g. 2 Kings 23:4). Brian Taylor has argued that high places all had three things in common: A priesthood – personnel to care of the cult and oversee the events that took place there. Cultic activity – the typical activity other than the generic “worship” was the burning of a food offering, in which the......


Shut the Door!

Shut the Door!

In Malachi 1:10, God laments the half-hearted service of the priests. He says, “Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain!” (ESV). We normally think of shutting the doors or gates as a way to protect a house or city from an outside threat. The angels who visited Lot pulled him inside and “shut the door” to keep out the inhabitants of Sodom (Gen 19:10). In the eerily similar case where the Levite found refuge with an......