God’s Immutability (Malachi 3:6-12)

What’s it all about? Genuine worship begins, continues, and ends with trusting the unchanging nature of God. The only reason Israel had not been utterly destroyed was the faithfulness of God. His faithfulness is both declared and displayed in His rebuke of the people. God graciously calls the people to repent while at the same time announcing... Continue Reading →

God’s Promise (Malachi 4:4-6)

God’s invitation and the promise of redemption What’s it all about? After announcing the judgment of the wicked and the vindication of His treasured possessions, God provides both a call to perseverance and a promise of salvation. Thus, the Old Testament closes with a call to obedience to Scripture, as well as a promise that a... Continue Reading →

God’s Response (Malachi 2:17-3:5)

God’s skeptics vs. God’s messengers What’s it all about?  In response to His rebuke of empty worship, the people attacked the character of God. The skeptics suggested that God was either negligent or unjust because, in their opinion, He tolerated sin and wickedness. The LORD responds to these accusations by revealing that He would send... Continue Reading →

God’s Great Name (Malachi 1:6-14)

God’s Great Name: God rejects polluted worship What’s it all about? Due to a misunderstanding of God’s person (His Immutability) and work (Divine Preservation), Israel’s worship had become polluted. The bankrupt theology being taught by Israel’s priests led the people into worship practices that dishonored God. So what? Worship that is based on bad theology, selfish preferences, or... Continue Reading →

God’s Remnant (Malachi 3:13-4:3)

GOD’S REMNANT: God’s treasured possessions“Your words have been hard against me, says the LORD. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ 14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the LORD of hosts? 15 And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God... Continue Reading →

God’s Marriage (Malachi 2:10-16)

God’s Marriage: God’s gracious call to rebellious and unfaithful people Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers? 11 Judah has been faithless, and abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem. For Judah has profaned the... Continue Reading →

God’s Great Love (Malachi 1:1-5)

God’s unfailing and unconditional love for His people What’s it all about? Malachi begins his indictment of Israel declaring the unfailing love of God for His covenantal people. Unlike their forefathers who had fallen into sin because they were prosperous, those who had returned from the Exile were skeptical of God’s character because of their... Continue Reading →

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