Will Israel ever be faithful to their covenant with God?
One hundred years after exile, the Israelites who had returned to Jerusalem were as evil and
corrupt as their ancestors. The book of Malachi addresses their sins—they’ve corrupted the sacrificial system, hoarded their money, and worshiped foreign gods. But despite all of this, God does not forget his promises to deliver his people and establish a new Jerusalem.
A Final Word on the Future Messiah
The book of Malachi sums up what the whole Hebrew Bible has been pointing to—God’s people cannot be faithful to the covenant. They’ve failed again and again. And while God will deal with their sin, he will not abandon them. He promises to redeem a remnant and send a Messiah to fulfill his covenant promises.
The book of Malachi begins with an affirmation of the love God has shown to generations by choosing Jacob's family to carry out his covenant promise.
The Covenant Broken
God admonishes the men who either married foreign women and worshiped their gods or divorced their foreign wives to be faithful to their covenant with him. They're missing the point of the covenant.
The Day of the Lord
Israel feels forgotten by their God and calls on him to show justice. He responds by promising a day of deliverance, the Day of the Lord.
The Gift of Generosity
God calls the people to offer a tithe of their wealth, promising to bless them with abundance.
The Scroll of Remembrance
Malachi writes of a scroll where God records the faithful remnant, inspiring the people to faithfulness and hope.
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