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As Jesus is confronted by the Scribes and Pharisees about being defiled, he confronts their own hypocrisy and reveals the true source of defilement - the heart.
Israel's problem: They were “going through the motions” in their worship. God primarily demonstrates His love through material and physical blessings. God considers His spiritual blessings more valuable. “Love” and “hate” are used as terms of comparison. If God had not chosen Israel, God would have destroyed Israel. Focus on the blessings you have been given instead of complaining about those you don’t have.
Israel's problem: They were “going through the motions” in their worship. The emphasis of Malachi is on the faithful covenant keeping God throughout the ages. The people's feeling: How can you question us about keeping the covenant? External obedience always starts with a renewed heart commitment to Him.
Pastor Jared preaches on the issue of the heart and addresses the deeper problem of why we do the things we do and the deeper solution of a new heart!
Jesus makes closure possible in ultimate issues. The Cross is shocking, was planned, reveals the Glory and heart of God
Saul's pride prevents him repenting. God does not judge the outward appearance. God chooses David over his brothers. He is anointed King of Israel, but then is sent back out to tend sheep. Through God's plan, David is brought into the court of Saul to play for him for it is known that the Lord is with him.