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At the end of the Gospel of Mark, the women who first learned about Jesus' resurrection told no one. They ran away in fear. The implication is simple: Will you tell others about Jesus, or will you run away in fear? But how we tell others is just as important as what we tell them. Throughout the gospel Jesus teaches us both the what and the how. In Mark 1, he teaches us to simply invite others to "come and follow." In Mark 8-10, Jesus teaches us that we witness about him when we carry a cross and sacrificially serve others as the least among them.
As the book of Malachi closes, God chastises his people one last time for reckless attempts at pseudo-obedience and reminds his people that he does hear his faithful ones. Ultimately, the day of the Lord will come, and consequences will exist, both for the faithless and for the faithful. The faithful will be lifted up by the Lord and the faithless will be cast down. Stay faithful by obediently serving the Lord from your heart.
Malachi teaches the Israelites that God wants their obedience. He doesn't want more or less than that...just simple, complete obedience. They were under a curse because they were withholding the whole tithe. They were stealing from God, holding on to what was not theirs. They possessed the tithe, but were not owners of it.
Are you holding on to what is rightfully God's?
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