Already half way through this round of blogging through the alphabet. This week we are on the letter M. There are so many great men in the Bible whose name starts with the letter M. It was a difficult choice, but I settled on the one below.
Martha is the sister of Lazarus. Martha loved Jesus, but was always wanting everything to be perfect. She even told Jesus to tell her sister to help her in the kitchen. Martha was hospitable (she invited Jesus into her house). The Bible doesn’t tell us a lot, but I’m pretty sure his visit was not planned. When was the last time we had unexpected visitor’s and invited them into our house? She treated Jesus as a friend, someone she could tell anything (like, can you make my sister get in here and help me?). Jesus told Martha not to always be in a rush. She needed to slow down and listen (my interpretation). When was the last time we met someone for lunch or coffee and just listened to them? I would have liked to Martha’s friend.
Luke 10:40-41 ~ But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
Malachi was a prophet during the Old Testament times. He also wrote one of the books in the Old Testament. Not much is really known about him except what he shared in his book. It is probable he lived around the year 420 B.C. Malachi wrote to the Jews and prophesied that God would send someone to prepare the way. He also addresses the coming judgment from God.
Malachi 3:1 ~ Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
Malachi 4:1 ~ For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
Malachi 4:6 ~ And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.