Not only are the words of Jehovah refined seven times, but so is the individual who absorbs the truth of those words—he is refined seven times to bring forth a righteous character.
Verse by Verse –Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)
There will be a Time of Trouble at the end of the Gospel Age, which Christians all recognize, but the real end time will be at the end of the Kingdom Age. Only the righteous will survive and live into the ages of ages. All of the wicked will be thoroughly purged out. Therefore, the second coming of Elijah the prophet will be the Second Advent of the Kingdom Age. Spiritually speaking, that work of instructing throughout the Kingdom Age will be successful in converting the world, for those who do not bend the knee and conform will all be rooted out.
As a point of interest, this book is called the “Book of Malachi,” and the word “Malachi” means “my messenger.” Thus this book is a paronomasia, a play on words, used by God to keep the message from being understood too clearly too quickly. Present truth is needed to even begin to scratch the surface.
It is hard to “turn many away from iniquity” if one is not a good example himself of walking properly before God. The priesthood of Malachi’s day was doing the opposite and, consequently, was leading many into iniquity.
Verse 14 is a lesson or caution that comes down to us, for we have made a vow of consecration and we sacrifice unto the Lord. It is easy to criticize others, but we, too, could be guilty of offering “a corrupt [or unacceptable] thing.”
What is the distinction between God’s eyes “beholding” and His eyelids “trying”? His eyes “behold” from the standpoint of being open; that is, He is aware and cognizant of what is happening.
By his questions in verse 1, David implied that God saw the trouble but purposely stood afar off and did not intervene. In subsequent verses, David continued to pursue this theme, which troubled him for the moment. However, as the Psalms progressed, David developed and matured in understanding.
The principles laid down in David’s Psalms are very helpful to us as Christians. As we consider the precious promises, the Apostle Peter tells us to add to our faith the quality of virtue, and to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance, etc. If we do these things, taking inventory and striving and looking forward, we shall never fall (2 Pet. 1:4-11).
We will try to extract clues from the Psalm as we proceed. It is important to realize that before David did anything, he put his trust in God and petitioned for protection and deliverance from all who were persecuting him.
David was in a low period, just as we, as Christians, have times of depression. He felt a weakness of not only depression but also health. His experiences were affecting him physically, mentally, and spiritually. King David was confessing to Jehovah his weakness and his need, as we do when being tried in a special fashion. We call upon the Lord for help in our time of need.