The “Scroll of Remembrance”… Malachi chapter 3
Malachi 3:13-18 (NIV)
… “You have said harsh things against me,” says the Lord. “Yet you ask, ‘What have we said against you?’ “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What did we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly the evildoers prosper, and even those who challenge God escape.’” Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. “They will be mine,” says the Lord Almighty, “in the day when I make up my treasured possession I will spare them, just as in compassion a man spares his son who serves him. And you will again see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between those who serve God and those who do not.
This small passage has extreme import for God’s remnant… those left standing after all the smoke clears. It is a formula for self examination to see if you are qualifying yourself to be among those The Almighty will spare. It is not a new or complicated principle, and there are multiple examples in the scriptures where this principle was the deciding factor determining who fell and who was left standing. One very notable example is the story of the two great heroes of our people, Joshua and Caleb. A special exception was made for these two men because they disagreed with the majority report made by the ten spies Moses sent into the land of Canaan. All of Joshua and Caleb’s generation were sentenced to die in the wilderness in the forty year wandering period, but these two men were spared by name.
The passage in Malachi very simply explains how to be among those who die, and how to be spared. One group is making false accusations against the Almighty God of Israel, a very stupid thing to do, that has resulted in deaths of untold numbers of Israelites in the past. God is God. He will be reverenced. He will not tolerate those who lie about Him. “It is futile to serve God”… A blatant lie. If you find yourself thinking this, it strongly suggested that you repent. Remember Joshua and Caleb… their attitude was different. Their take was “We don’t care how big the giants are because we cannot lose” as opposed to “We are like grasshoppers compared to the giants, we cannot win.” If you want your name to be included among those noted down on the “Scroll of Remembrance”, it is suggested that you take this warning to heart. —Editor
Luke 18:7-8 (NIV) Faith is the weapon that takes down the giants…
… And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes,
WILL HE FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH?