Series Title and Identity
This series will be covering Malachi 2:17 through 3:5. There will be additional, supporting texts, but Malachi will be the jumping off point for our series. The primary source of inspiration for the series identity is found in Malachi 2:17:
You have wearied the LORD with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them.”
Part of our initial planning involved a conversation on this particular piece of scripture. We spoke about the act of calling something evil, something good. It introduces a slippery slope whereby our world begins to redefine what is considered evil. It’s a post-modernity sort of question; what is truth? What is evil? You picture someone asking that very question while offering air-quotes as they say the world “evil”. In doing so, we begin to blur the lines between good and evil.
The scripture also points to the reality that this practice of calling evil “good” wearies the Lord. His mercy endures forever, but the time comes when he’ll have no more of these shenanigans. And this is all relative to our day as much as it was Malachi then. We’ve played loose and fast with what is good and what is evil, we’ve inverted them in some cases. So the tagline itself is question to ponder for our age.