The entire physical universe rests securely on one eternal truth—a truth that derives nothing from physics, chemistry, biology, or any other science. The moral universe is anchored in the same truth—a truth that stems from neither human moral principles nor human philosophy. In short, whether material or immaterial, physical or spiritual, empirical or faith-based, all reality and all truth are founded on this one absolute, incontrovertible truth: “I, the Lord, do not change” (Mal. 3:6a). No anchor, whether within or beyond the realm of human knowledge and understanding, can secure us apart from this fundamental fact: “I, the Lord, do not change.” Someone might fill an encyclopedia with the implications of this profound fact. But we will limit ourselves to the one mentioned in the second half of the verse cited above: “therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed” (Mal. 3:6b).
The verse following our text continues with these convicting words: “From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from My statutes and have not kept them” (v. 7a). In fact, the Book of Malachi comprises one long indictment against Israel. His people were utterly without excuse. Because God had chosen them alone of all the people on the earth. Because God had poured out blessings on them. Because God had favored them above every other nation. Because God had revealed Himself and His salvation to them.
Oh, how we should rejoice that of all the conclusions that God Himself might have drawn from this premise it is this one. “Although I am a holy God, you are not consumed.” “Though all My acts are altogether righteous, you are not consumed.” “Though I am perfectly just, you are not consumed.” “Though I know your sinful nature and specific offenses more clearly than you do, you are not consumed. “Though you are inveterately sinful, and I have tallied each and every one of your sins in thought, word, and deed, sins of commission and omission, you are not consumed.” “Though My nature demands one absolute and unavoidable response toward sin, namely judgment, you are not consumed.”
If all that God reveals about Himself is true, how could He make such a statement? He did so on the basis of His unchangeable nature and His unimpeachable promise. He had established an unconditional covenant with His people that He would not abrogate. “Thus says the Lord, Who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar; The Lord of hosts is His name: ‘If this fixed order departs from before Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘Then the offspring of Israel also will cease from being a nation before Me forever.’ Thus says the Lord, ‘If the heavens above can be measured and the foundations of the earth searched out below, I will also cast off all the offspring of Israel for all that they have done,’ declares the Lord” (Jer. 31:35, 36; also 33:14-22).
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