Q & A: The Final Word before Deafening Silence: Mal. 4:4-6

This is the Message Based Discussion Questions following the message given on August 4, 2013. The outline is provided first and the suggested considerations follow. 

Deut. 33: 26-29; Josh 24:15, 27; Ecc. 12:12-14

What were God’s last words to Israel?

1)     Remember God’s Word   4:4

  • Deut. 34:10-12; 8:11-20
  • Horeb  [Ex. 3:1; Deut. 5:2; Ps. 106:19; Heb. 12:18-21]

2)     Follow God’s teachers    4:5

  • Elijah had a special spirit and power, which spirit and power was seen in the person of John the Baptist.

i)         Both wore similar clothes 2 King 1:8; Mat. 3:4

ii)       Both confronted spiritual leaders in sin 1 King 18:21; Matt. 3:7

iii)      Both confronted kings 1 King 18:18; Mark 6:17-18

3)     Mold your family heart   4:6

4)      Avoid the curse

  • Matt. 5:3f; Rev. 22:14, 17, 18-19, 21.

God’s final words to you come under grace!

  • The next sound you’ll hear from God is the trumpet call  1 Cor. 15:52; 1 Thes. 4:16
  • Last Words of Jesus on earth Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8
  • Grace teaches us to deny ungodliness Titus 2:11-14

 Message Based Discussion Questions

1)      Why are last words important?  Do you know of any last words given by people?

a)      Last words are the summation of  a life experience.

b)      Last words are normally the final words of wisdom gain through life experience.

c)      Last words are what people want to be remembered by legacy from their life.

Digging Deeper:

2)      What historical persons are mentioned in Malachi 4:4-5? _Moses__  __Elijah__.  Who is mentioned in Rev. 11:6?  Do 1 Kings 17:1 and James 5:17 help?

a)      There are two witnesses. (Rev. 11:3)

b)      The two passages only relate that Moses and Elijah did similar type miracles.

3)      What single word is often associated with the Day of the Lord? (Is. 2:12; 13:6,9; Jer. 46:10; Joel 2:1-31; 3:14-16; Amos 5:18-20; 1 Cor. 5:5; 2 Pet. 3:10)?  _destruction_. What are other descriptions? Why are these descriptions given? Is God not supposed to be a God of love?

a)      Is. 2:12 – When the proud are brought low –  12 For the day of the LORD of hosts Shall come upon everything proud and lofty, Upon everything lifted up– And it shall be brought low– (Is. 2:12 NKJ)

b)      Is. 13:6,9 A time of wailing and destruction from God’s fierce anger. The land will be desolate.

i)        6 Wail, for the day of the LORD is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty. (Is. 13:6 NKJ)

ii)      9 Behold, the day of the LORD comes, Cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, To lay the land desolate; And He will destroy its sinners from it. (Isa 13:9 NKJ)

c)      Jer. 46:10 A day of vengeance of God, when the sword will devour and blood will flow.  For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, A day of vengeance, That He may avenge Himself on His adversaries. The sword shall devour; It shall be satiated and made drunk with their blood; For the Lord GOD of hosts has a sacrifice In the north country by the River Euphrates. (Jer. 46:10 NKJ)

d)     Joel 2:1-31A time of darkness, clouds, fire and noise all over the land

e)      Joel 3:14-16 It will be a time of decision, darkness and terror from the Lord’s roar.

14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

15 The sun and moon will grow dark, And the stars will diminish their brightness.

16 The LORD also will roar from Zion, And utter His voice from Jerusalem; The heavens and earth will shake; But the LORD will be a shelter for His people, And the strength of the children of Israel. (Joe 3:14-16 NKJ)

f)       Amos 5:18-20 a Day of darkness, terror, misfortune

g)      18 Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! For what good is the day of the LORD to you? It will be darkness, and not light.  19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion, And a bear met him! Or as though he went into the house, Leaned his hand on the wall, And a serpent bit him!  20 Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light? Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it? (Amos 5:18-20 NKJ)1 Cor. 5:5 A day of deliverance from some

i)        5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. (1 Cor. 5:5 NKJ)

h)      2 Pet. 3:10 A time of great noise, fervent heat.

i)        10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up1. (2 Pet. 3:10 NKJ)

4)      Malachi 4:6 ends with the  word _curse_.   What does it tell you?  Does God desire to curse His people?  Why or why not?

a)      It tells me that God is holy and there is a line man can cross that will not be covered by God’s mercy.

b)      God has no desire to curse His people.  It is contrary to His love and mercy, but His holiness is more important. His justice will ensure that holiness is not tread upon or taken lightly.  God is waiting to pour our blessing (Is. 30:18), but will allow His people to be punished when they forsake Him (Jer. 14: 15- 15:4)

Making the message practical to life:

5)      What do you want your last words to be?

a)      Pursue following Jesus by discipling others who will disciple others into God’s Words.

b)      I love you.

6)      What do you see that we need to do in order to restore the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers?

a)      Call fathers to their homes and away from distractions.

b)      Disciple men to obedience to Jesus Christ.

c)      Help men become committed to following Jesus, committed to change in His image and committed to making disciplers of their great-grandchildren and disciples.

7)      What are you doing to prepare for the coming of the Lord?

a)      Studying and hiding God’s Word in my heart.

b)      Seeking to walk dependently on the Holy Spirit.

c)      Discipling those who will be discipled.

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