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Session 2, God’s declaration of enduring love
The first 5 verses in the book of Malachi are a _____________of God’s enduring love for His people.
Everywhere they look, they see the __________ of destruction.
Not all ____________ is overturned rocks or stones and burnt timbers.
One way to overcome living through personal destruction is to know that God ________ you.
There is no destruction to great that God cannot ________ or _________.
It is important to remember that as the Israelites return to Jerusalem, they go through a huge _______________.
They see the devastation and they become dejected and ______________.
The Israelites are _________.
The big spiritual problem….The Israelites have __________ that God loves them.
This is one of the most ______________ Bible verses.
3. A Response
4. An implication
Assertion – I have _________ you, says the Lord. v2
Questioning – _______ have you loved us? v2
A response – vs 2-5
An implication – Your own eyes will _______ this. v5
The Assertion: I have loved you.
Why does God not stop loving His people?
The Response: How have you loved us?
Out of the pain, disappointment and living in destruction, God’s people are ________ if He loves them.
They may be thinking; “If God truly loved us then why has _____ this happen?”
Why does God bring judgement, pain and destruction?
The Response: vs 2-5
E______ and J_____
The promise of God’s covenant passes through __________ and not Esau.
The book of Obadiah tell us that God is going to bring __________ against Esau because of their actions against Israel.
Obadiah’s book is a ___________ written for an entire people caught up in rebellion against God.
Obadiah 1:18; “The house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame; but the house of Esau shall be ________; they shall kindle them and devour them, and ______ survivor shall remain of the house of Esau.
By the ____th century BC, the Edomite’s were no more.
In Obadiah 1:2, God says it is His plan and by His _________, that Edom will be completely destroyed.
In Obadiah vs. 5-6, we read that Edom will not just be defeated but completely _____________.
In v9, we learn that the leaders of Edom will lose their __________ and their ___________and this will aid in their ultimate destruction
Why is God going to destroy Edom?
Because of Esau’s _________.
Because of Esau’s ____________.
Because of Edom’s __________ towards Israel.
Esau’s rebellion against God led them to fight against God’s chosen _____. Esau’s dependents were not fighting Israel, they were fighting against ________.
-Esau’s ________ to kill Jacob, Gen 27:41
-The Amalekites (another word for Edomites) __________ attack
against the Israelites stragglers in the wilderness, Ex 17:8-16
-The Amalekites ____________ with other nations against Israel, even
Babylon, Judges 3:12-14 & 6:1-6
-Haman the Amalekite’s attempt to exterminate all the _______ in
Persia, Esther 3:1, 8-11, 13
Esau __________ away from helping Israel.
At the time of the destruction of Jerusalem, by the Babylonians, Edom rejoiced and _______________ in Israel’s defeat.
Ezekiel prophesy’s about Edom’s destruction
Ezekiel 35:5-6. 10-11, 14-15
Because you have had an ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to and end, therefore, as I live says the Lord God, I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you… I will do according to your anger and according to the envy which you showed in your hatred against them…As you rejoiced because the inheritance of the house of Israel was desolate, so I will do to you; you shall be desolate, O Mount Seir, as well as all of Edom, all of it! They will know that I am the Lord.
Obadiah v10, says destruction will come because of the ____________ Edom wielded towards Israel.
In Obadiah 15 and 18 we read, “As you have ________, it shall be ________ to you…No survivor shall remain of the house of Esau.
The words in Malachi are words of ______________ and they are difficult to understand because they are written in the context of an ancient people’s history.
Compared to the ways God showed His love to Jacob, God’s actions towards Esau could be understood as __________.
The Implication: “Your own eyes will see this” v5
At the time Malachi writes this the Edomites were flourishing, while the Israelites were floundering but the Edomites would __________ off the earth.
2 Takeaways from tonight’s lesson.
1. Gods loves you _____________ and He will never stop loving you.
2. God always ____________ about His Word, count on it, rest in it and wait on it.