Malachi accuses Israel of selfishness after the exile and announces that the Day of the Lord will purify Israel and prepare them for God's Kingdom.
One hundred years after the exile, the Israelites who had returned to Jerusalem were as evil and corrupt as their ancestors. The book of Malachi addresses their corruption while also stating that God will remain committed to his people and fulfill his promises.
A final word on the future Messiah
The book of Malachi acknowledges the sobering reality that the post-exile generation of Israel followed in the footsteps of their ancestors and chose rebellion over convenant faithfulness. It's a brilliant summary of the human condition that we see played out again and again throughout the Hebrew Bible.
Despite generations of sin and rebellion, God remains faithful to his people and promises to send a Messiah to rescue them. He will defeat evil and establish a new Jerusalem where the faithful remnant will know peace, healing, and justice forever. This promise offers the Israelites much needed hope after generations of darkness.
The book of Malachi begins with an affirmation of the love God has shown to generations by choosing Abraham's family to carry his covenant promise.
God admonishes the men who married foreign women and worshiped their gods and the ones who divorced their wives to be faithful to their covenant with him.
Day of the Lord
Israel feels neglected and wants God to show justice. He promises to send a messenger to prepare the Day of the Lord and purify the people.
God calls the people to start offering a tithe to support the temple. He will then bless them with abundance if they are faithful.
Scroll of Remembrance
In the scroll of remembrance, God records the faithful remnant. It reminds the people of his character and promises, and it inspires them to faithfulness and hope.
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