THE HARDEST RETURN IN THE WORLD. Malachi 3:7. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness . Matthew 23:27 NKJV.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
Matthew 23:27 NKJV
I. WHEN WE ARE RELIGIOUS "OUR WAY" WE LEAVE GOD ON OUR TERMS
A. You Are Gone Away
And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried still at Jerusalem.
II Samuel 11:1 KJV
Then his father and his mother said to him, “Is there no woman among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she looks good to me.”
Judges 14:3 NASB
B. You Have Not Kept My Ordinances (Or Laws)
Psalm 119:91 NKJV
Isaiah 43:27 NIV
And He said to me: “Son of man, I am sending you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day.
Ezekiel 2:3 NKJV
C. You Have Done This From The Days Of Your Fathers
And those of you who are left shall waste away in their iniquity in your enemies’ lands; also in their fathers’ iniquities, which are with them, they shall waste away.
Leviticus 26:39 NKJV
For the Lord loves justice, And does not forsake His saints; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
Psalm 37:28 NKJV
You will not be joined with them in burial, Because you have destroyed your land And slain your people. The brood of evildoers shall never be named.Prepare slaughter for his children Because of the iniquity of their fathers, Lest they rise up and possess the land, And fill the face of the world with cities.
Isaiah 14:20-22 NKJV
Lamentations 5:7 HCSB
you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
Exodus 20:5-6 NKJV
II. WHEN WE ARE RELIGIOUS "OUR WAY" WE RETURN TO GOD “OUR WAY”
A. You Return Unto Me
B. I Will Return Unto You
You have wearied the Lord with your words WAY”; Yet you say, “In what way have we wearied Him?” In that you say, “Everyone who does evil Isgood in the sight of the Lord, And He delights in them,” Or, “Where is the God of justice?”
Malachi 2:17 NKJV
He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness
Malachi 3:3 NKJV
III. WHEN WE ARE RELIGIOUS "OUR WAY" WE LIVE A LIFE OF FRUSTRATION
A. But You Say, Wherein …?
B. Wherein Shall We Return?
C. These People In Malachi’s Day Were Outwardly Spiritual
Psalm 85:4 NKJV
Lamentations 5:21 NKJV
Luke 6:46 NLT
I. WHEN WE ARE RELIGIOUS “OUR WAY” WE LEAVE GOD ON OUR TERMS
II. WHEN WE ARE RELIGIOUS “OUR WAY” WE RETURN TO GOD “OUR WAY”
III. WHEN WE ARE RELIGIOUS “OUR WAY” WE LIVE A LIFE OF FRUSTRATION