Preacher: Alan Cameron
Verses: Malachi 2:1-9
“The eye is the window of the soul” is a familiar saying. However, Malachi addressing the priests of his day argues that the mouth is the window of the soul. Jesus echoes this sentiment, “For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of” (Matt 12:34). Malachi took the priests to task for failing to fulfil their primary calling, viz. faithful teaching of God’s Word.
The novelist John Updike, no friend of the gospel, in his novel Run Rabbit describes a young minister Rev Eccles, “With his white collar he forges God’s name in every sentence he speaks... He steals belief from the children he is supposed to be teaching. He commits fraud with every schooled cadence of the liturgy.” John Updike may well have taken his words straight from Malachi 2400 years ago. Malachi sounds strident and harsh to our modern ears. We prefer a kinder, gentler faith. But extreme times require extreme measures. The priests looked the part. They wore the right vestments. They recited prayers. But they were lifeless. Platitudes devoid of passion. They bent the truth and corrupted their ministry.