Melodic Line of Malachi

I was recently able to attend a preaching workshop by the Simon Trust here in Madison.  One of the principles they teach is that each book of the bible has a main theme or idea.  They call it the Melodic Line.  If you listen to a song, whether it is Country and Western, Jazz or Classical, there is usually a line of melody that is repeated and developed through the piece.

            What would you say is the Melodic Line of Malachi?  Here is my answer: 

God’s love is unchanging – even when his people are stubborn.

            The main ides is in the 1:2 “I have loved you” and in 3:6, “I the Lord never change.”  But we also noted all the times that the people of God argued with the Lord and his messenger.  Even when God said, “I love you” they argued.

            God’s love is unchanging, even when his people are stubborn.

             But with this is another melody, like a descant to a song that rises above all the other notes.  This descant is “I am about to do something for the nations.”   When he said, “from the rising of the sun to its setting, my name will be great.” and “…my name will be great among the nations.”

            God’s love is unchanging – even when his people are stubborn. 

            He will be great among the nations.

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