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Reflections Podcast
Reflections Podcast
Reflections • Episode 32
Treasured by God
13m • July 2, 2021

When we’re overwhelmed by the state of our world, what should we do?

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After Israel returned from exile, many of the people were just as selfish and unjust as before. But there was a remnant of Israel who trusted and honored Yahweh. God called them his treasure and reminded them to hold on to his words of promise. We too can join this faithful remnant. When we feel overwhelmed by the state of our world, we can stand alongside generations of those who patiently trusted God. He assures us that he will bring justice and set all things right. He will keep his word. So as we continue to wait, we can also hold onto hope.

Bible Reading: Malachi 3:16-4:6

Reflection Questions:

  1. What is one thing you are patiently trusting God to make right?
  2. God said that those who trust and follow him are his treasured possession. What comes to mind as you reflect on what it means to be treasured?
  3. What would it practically look like for you to treasure God's promises today?

Show Credits: Host: Cheree Hayes Message: Dr. Tim Mackie Bible Reading: Michelle Jones Production: Cooper Peltz, Dan Gummel, and Zach McKinley Theme music: Grant William Harold Background Music: Ian Post, To Edinburgh

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2 Chronicles 36:22-23  –  13m
Looking Back to Look Forward
13m
Malachi 3:16-4:6  –  13m
Treasured by God
13m
Daniel 7:9-14  –  13m
There’s Hope in the Nightmare
13m
Esther 4:1-17  –  16m
Who Does God Choose to Work Through?
16m
Ezra 4:1-3, Isaiah 56:3-8  –  15m
Is God Inclusive?
15m
Ezekiel 36:22-36  –  14m
Promise for New Hearts
14m
Lamentations 3:19-33  –  14m
Learning How to Grieve from Lamentations
14m
Jeremiah 4:16-28, 1 Thessalonians 5  –  15m
The Deep Anguish of God
15m
Song of Songs 8:6-7  –  15m
Wisdom from Sensual Love Poetry?
15m
Ecclesiastes 4:4-12  –  15m
One Handful of Rest
15m
Isaiah 42:1-16  –  14m
Power of Metaphor
14m
Proverbs 1:1-7  –  13m
How to Live Wisely
13m
Job 38:1-18, Job 42:1-6  –  15m
How God Replies to Job’s Suffering
15m
Jonah 4:1-11, Exodus 34:5-9, 1 Kings 19:3-5  –  14m
God’s Mercy on Our Enemy
14m
Hosea 14:1-9  –  14m
What God Wants from Us
14m
Isaiah 61  –  12m
What Good News Looks Like
12m
1 John 1  –  12m
Message of the Prophets
12m
2 Kings 25  –  14m
What God Does About Suffering
14m
1 Kings 6  –  14m
Redeeming Disappointment
14m
2 Samuel 7  –  14m
Faithful Through Failure
14m
1 Samuel 2  –  13m
When You Feel Powerless
13m
Ruth 2  –  12m
How God Treats His Enemies
12m
Judges‬ 2  –  12m
When We Walk Out on God
12m
14m
Deuteronomy 30  –  11m
Understanding Ancient Law
11m
Deuteronomy 4  –  12m
God's Wisdom on Display
12m
Numbers 13  –  11m
Trusting God in the Wilderness
11m
Leviticus 25  –  13m
Gift of Rest
13m
Hebrews 10  –  12m
Meaning of Sacrifice
12m
Exodus 19  –  12m
Rescued for a Purpose
12m
Exodus 3  –  15m
When We Cry Out
15m
Genesis 32  –  13m
Wrestling God
13m
Genesis 1-3  –  15m
Why God Gave Choice
15m

Reflect

Once you've listened to the podcast, take time to reflect on these questions.

  1. What is one thing you are patiently trusting God to make right?
  2. God said that those who trust and follow him are his treasured possession. What comes to mind as you reflect on what it means to be treasured?
  3. What would it practically look like for you to treasure God’s promises today?

Go Deeper

If you would like to dive deeper, use these Scriptures and questions for personal study or small group discussion.

Message Question:
How did Tim’s message challenge or encourage you today?

Read: Malachi 3:16-4:6

After Israel returned from exile, many of the people were just as selfish and unjust as before. But there was a remnant of Israel who trusted and honored Yahweh. God called them his treasure and reminded them to hold on to his words of promise. We too can join this faithful remnant. When we feel overwhelmed by the state of our world, we can stand alongside generations of those who patiently trusted God. He assures us that he will bring justice and set all things right. He will keep his word. So as we continue to wait, we can also hold onto hope.

  1. God called all of Israel to be his treasured possession as a kingdom of priests. Compare today’s passage with Exodus 19:3-6 and make observations. What did Israel need to believe in order to live out this treasured identity?
  2. Notice how this same treasured identity is extended to all who trust in Jesus. With this in mind, read Ephesians 1:13-14 as well as 1 Peter 2:4-10. What words and phrases especially stand out to you?
  3. God said that he would send Elijah to restore fractured relationships (Malachi 4:5-6). Read the angel’s announcement of John the Baptist’s birth in Luke 1:16-17 and Jesus’ explanation in Matthew 17:10-12.
  4. Note how John the Baptist restored fractured relationships in Luke 3:8-18. What did he call for and to whom did he point? What is the significance of this?
  5. Compare the fire of Malachi 4:1 to the fire mentioned in Luke 3:16-17. When a fire blazes, what kind of materials are refined and which turn to ash? What do we need to trust in order to become like gold treasure in the fire (see 1 Peter 1:3-9, Isaiah 43:1-2, and Daniel 3:16-26)?
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