October 3, 2022

Joel Hernandez
“I have loved you,” says the Lord. “But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’ “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob,”
Malachi 1:2
“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”
Deuteronomy 7:6-9

Malachi is a messenger that God uses to communicate with Israel, God’s chosen people. At the time the book of Malachi was written, Israel had gone through many hardships and found themselves questioning God’s love and faithfulness. There was tension between what God had promised and what Israel felt to be true in the midst of their circumstances. In response to their questioning of His love, God responds by reminding the Israelites that He specifically chose them to be His people. In Deuteronomy, we see this explained in more detail, that God chose the Israelites because of His love for them. He rescued and redeemed them from slavery and continually kept His promise of the covenant He made with Abraham from the beginning. Not only does he remind them of His past faithfulness but of His continued love for His people that will continue for a thousand generations to come.

We are God’s most prized possession. Sometimes we struggle to believe that He still loves and cares for us, whether it’s our current circumstances, things that have been done to us, or things we have done ourselves. God is reminding us that while there may be hardships and struggle, His love for us never falters. He was, is, and will forever be faithful to His promise of redemption.