The Book of Malachi And the Messages God has for us

The book of Malachi

Malachi 1

1 The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.

2 I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the Lord: yet I loved Jacob,

3 And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness.

4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the Lord of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the Lord hath indignation for ever.

5 And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The Lord will be magnified from the border of Israel.

6 A son honoreth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honor? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?

7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the Lord is contemptible.

8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the Lord of hosts.

9 And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the Lord of hosts.

10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.

11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.

12 But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the Lord is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.

13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the Lord of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the Lord.

14 But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the Lord of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.

Malachi 2

1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.

2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.

3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.

4 And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the Lord of hosts.

5 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.

6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.

7 For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.

8 But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the Lord of hosts.

9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.

10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?

11 Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the Lord which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god.

12 The Lord will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the Lord of hosts.

13 And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.

14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the Lord hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.

15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

16 For the Lord, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the Lord of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

17 Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

Malachi 3

3 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.

5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.

6 For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?

8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.

12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts.

13 Your words have been stout against me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee?

14 Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?

15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.

16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.

17 And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.

18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

Malachi 4

1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.

4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:

6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

 

 

The Book of Malachi

And the Messages God has for us within  this book.

The prophet Malachi was one of the minor prophets but he has a big message and warning for Christians today.

A little history first: Malachi was one of the twelve minor prophets as I wrote. They are in order, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi.

The fact that they were called minor prophets does not mean they were less inspired by their faith or that they were less important to God in some way. No, it was because their prophecies are shorter then those prophecies of the major prophets.

In the Old Testament the Bible shows the evil sins of the Jews against God. Part of God’s punishment of the Jews was to give them over to the Babylonians as slaves. But a remnant of them eventually retuned from their captivity to rebuilt the temple around 520-516 B.C.. Another 60 or so years went by and the Jews rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. The Jews started to once again rebel against God.

In Malachi’s time the Jews had been back in their homeland for over 100 years. The temple had been rebuilt and the city of Jerusalem had been fully restored. The Jewish people where back doing their evil sinful abominations against God once more. God chose Malachi as His prophet to deal with the Jews and their evil ways. Malachi’s name means “messenger” and it is translated as “My messenger” in Hebrew. Boy did he have some messages for the Jews from God. But as you read in the book of Malachi, the messages Malachi gave them in his time, applies to the evil sinful people going about their abominations against God in this world today. Let’s take a look at these powerful messages.

1 First, the prophet Malachi was one of the messengers. (1:1).

2 The priests were supposed to be God’s messengers but were rebuked for failing to perform their priestly office according to God’s instructions (2:7).

3 John the Baptist was to prepare the way for Jesus Christ’s first coming (3:1).

4 Jesus Christ is the Messenger of the covenant who would return to His spiritual temple, the church. (3:1).

5 An end-time prophet Elijah is prophesied to appear on the scene before “the great and dreadful day of the Lord” (4:5-6).

So these are the important messages Malachi prophesied in this book.

Along with these five messages Malachi had eight questions from the rebellious Jewish people for God. These questions show how much malice and impudence the Jewish people had towards God at that time.

1 Ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? (1:2)

2 Ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? (1:6)

3 Ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? (1:7)

4 Ye say, Wherefore? (2:14)

5 Ye say, Wherein have we wearied Him? (2:17)

6 Ye say, Wherein shall we return? (3:7)

7 Ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? (3:8)

8 Ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? (3:13)

Let’s see what God said to them, for them to ask such impudent questions.

1 I have loved you, saith the Lord, Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? (1:2)

2 A son honoreth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honor? And if I be a master, where is my fear? Saith the lord of host unto you, O priest, that despise my name. Yet ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? (1:6)

3 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? (1:7)

4 And this have ye done again, covering the alter of the lord with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that He regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand (2:13) Yet ye say, Wherefore? (2:14)

5 Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied Him? (2:17)

6 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return? (3:7)

7 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? (3:8)

8 Your words have been stout against Me, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against thee? (3:13)

Reading what God had said to them, it is clear that the Jewish people called God a lier and tried to make a fool out of Him! When will people learn, God does not lie, and has the right to say anything He wants to. He is God, remember that!

God wasn’t finished with them yet, God said, 3:14Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?

3:15 And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered. That sounds like the Jews thought there was no advantage in serving Him. It sounds like the same tone people have towards God today.

It is only that God remains faithful even when His people are not. God keeps His promises but expects obedience from His people in return. They are fortunate He is merciful and forgiving and slow to anger and His immense love for His chosen people stand in the way of Him destroying them right then! In the book of Malachi God spoke and said “For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.” 3:6. Here is what God means by saying these words.

God was responding to the charges the Jewish people accused Him of. They charged Him with not being faithful to them. God declared in these verses that if He were not the immutable God who did not lie, was not capricious, and whose purposes, and promises were irrevocable, Israel and the Jewish people would have been destroyed long ago. Comparing the Jews back then to today’s world, it seems man’s earthly nature hasn’t changed for the better towards God.

The Jewish people had rebuilt the temple as God ordered them, but God’s promise to restore the land didn’t happen fast enough for them. They began to doubt God’s promises to them. When they worshiped God in the temple they just went through the motions, and offered blemished animals for the sacrifices. Through Malachi God scolded the priests for improper teaching, sacrificing blemished animals on the altar, disrespecting God in His temple, and telling the people God was not mad at them when He was. The priests were letting men divorce their wives so they could marry pagan women. The priests themselves did it. The church back then was allowing evil and unholy things to happen within the church. They helped preform these abominations in God’s Holy Temple! That sounds a lot like what churches are turning into today.

In another light, Malachi told of the book of remembrance written as a result of the Lord’s rebuke. A faithful remnant were drawn together from the Lord’s warnings. those that are faithful to the Lord and speak of Him, to one another, those words are written in the book of remembrance before Him for them that fear the Lord and that thought upon His name. Notice that the book of remembrance is before Him (Malachi 3:16), and not merely in His presence, it is before Him constantly as a reminder. The point I’m making is God always keeps the book before Him so He can see the names of those who are His and are in a proper relationship with Him. This is not the Lamb’s book of Life where Christ looks for the names of those going to Heaven or hell in the judgment.

In Malachi 3:17 it speaks of God’s remembrance leading to God’s determination: And they shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. They are His jewels especially treasured by Him.

Another messenger yet to come. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. He is talking about John the Baptist who was the first to recognize Jesus as the Christ and then baptized Him. John the Baptist did not know it at the time when asked by the priests and Levites whether he was Elias (Elijah) the prophet, he answered “I am not” but he was Elijah the prophet. (Matthew 17:12-13)

12 But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.

13 Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

Now for the prophecies for the future by Malachi. The coming judgment whereby the arrogant and evildoer shall be destroyed.

Malachi 4

1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.

4 Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:

6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

In Malachi 4:1 it tells of evil people who think that the proud and wicked will not be called into account by God (see 3:15), But this verse shows that is not so. “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble”. The day that cometh is the day of the Lord. It is the time of Jacob’s trouble, the Great Tribulation, the birth pangs for the millennial kingdom. The day is described as a day of burning in which the proud and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble, they will be utterly destroyed. The thought of destruction and judgment is very much heightened by the remainder of the verse: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. The figure of the root and branch represents the two extremes of the tree, or rather the entire tree will be destroyed. You have to keep in mind that all of this is certain because it is decreed by the Lord of host thru His prophet. The end of the proud and wicked is far different from that imagined in (3:15)!

That day of destruction for the proud and all that do wickedly will also be the day of deliverance for the righteous remnant. (4:2) But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings. The righteous will be spared the burning wrath of God. They willbe gently and comfortably warmed by the sun of righteousness. He will burn up the wicked but for the righteous there will be healing in His wings.

Malachi spoke the words, (4:1) remember the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb (God’s mountain) (Exodus 3:1 and 1 Kings 19:8.) for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments. These are very important words, they were spoken at the very end of the Old Testament. With the end of this prophecy the voice of God would be silent for four hundred years. It wasn’t until the birth of John the Baptist was announced to Zechariah (Luke 1:13) that God spoke again. For that four hundred years God sent no more prophets to the nation to help the people faithful to God with His words.

The last words from the prophet Malachi was, (4:5-6) 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:

6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

These words will happen in the day of the Lord. That lesson is for another day.

All glory to God

His humble servant Lee M Buchanan