NextLevel Online: Malachi

Session 3: Malachi 2.1-9

This section addresses a specific group of leaders among the people of Israel: the priests. This reminds us that when leaders fail, people get hurt. Now Jesus, our perfect high priest, has enabled us to be a new priesthood, to serve him, to help and not hurt the cause of Christ in the world.



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Leader

Failed Leadership

This section addresses a specific group of leaders among the people of Israel: the priests.

Rather than leading the way in proper devotion to God, they have caused others to stumble and disregard the Word of God. Rather than being stewards of justice, they had shown partiality in how they led.

This reminds us that when leaders fail, people get hurt.

Each of us has someone who looks to us for guidance. Perhaps it is the workplace, in the home, In the community, or in the church. Let our leadership be a source of good, not harm.

New Priesthood

Eventually, the specific priesthood mentioned in Malachi 2.1-9 would run its course. Jesus, the ultimate high priest, would fulfill the sacrificial system and atone for sin once and for all. In fact, some of the most influential priests would be instrumental in getting Jesus killed.

So now Jesus, our perfect high priest, has enabled us to be a new priesthood, serving him in the world.

1 Peter 2:9 - But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Let our service as priests help, not hurt, the cause of Christ in the world.

Questions for Discussion/Reflection:

  • Who is in your life for whom you bear some responsibility to guide and teach?
  • How does it shape your self-understanding to think of yourself as a “royal priest”?
  • What are ways that God might be calling you to greater faithfulness as his representative in the world?

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