“Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and meditate on His name. ‘They shall be Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.’ Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.” Malachi 3:16-18
I love this passage of Scripture. I have always taken it as a commendation of those who love God and talk about Him to each other. I love to talk about Jesus and what He is doing in my life. The things He does are so exciting. Not only is it fun to share with another believer, it is also very exciting to see Him doing things on your behalf, and especially when they are unexpected.
In the context of Malachi, this scripture comes at the end of Chapter 3. God has previously been chastising Israel for their disrespect of Him. Their offerings are polluted, their gifts to Him sick and lame, and He takes no pleasure in them. He disdains their attitude. They divorce the wives of their youth and call what is evil, good. In the following chapter, he tells them of a coming messenger. He begins to speak of Jesus. Then He tells them they have robbed Him of the tithe. The people have complained, saying it is useless to serve God, and that those who are wicked are raised up. They see no good reason to serve God. They are fully deceived.
But in Chapter 3, verse 16, it’s almost as if God says, wait a minute. There are some other types of people still out there. God seems to be remembering something, and relishing the memory. He even writes it down. He hears those who are speaking well of Him and loving Him. They are His jewels and they will be rewarded. Those who stay faithful and love Him will be rewarded.
I plan to be in that bunch. How about you?