Many things are opened by mistake, but none more
often than the mouth. (Psalm 19:4)
Malachi means "My messenger".
The last of our five books telling of the
conditions of that little group which returned to
Jerusalem about 475 years before the Lord Jesus
came to earth. They too became generally careless,
and so the prophet Malachi is raised up by God to
stir up the people. It is like a conversation
between God and His people. They had sunk down to
a very low state. Only with the outward form were
they worshipping God. He in mercy, grace and love,
had brought His people back from captivity. Yet
they were so forgetful and disobedient! What a
debt they owed to God! The Lord desires to find
in us a heart that looks to Him each day.
Mal 1:1-2 He had to remind them! They ask Him in
what way He loved them! They were insensible to
the Lord's authority.
Mal 1:6 The priests despised His Name! They ask
Him how they did this.
Mal 1:7 They brought unclean bread to His altar!
They ask, when! They had gone far away from God
and weren't even conscious of it. Many believers
today are the same. The Lord was just about to
come then... and did. He is about to come again...
and will. Are we looking for Him?
We are prisoners of a lifetime of choices and the
consequences of them.
Mal 2:1-10 The priests who ought to have been
guides to the people, are next spoken to. God had
raised up the priests to be His messengers and
the go-between God and His people. He had made an
agreement with them that he would bless them if
they glorified God.
Mal 2:7 (Each believer today is a priest - 1
Peter 2:5. We have the mind of Christ - 1 Cor. 2:16.
We have wisdom from God - 1 John 2:20).
Mal 2:11-13 Religious evils. Do you realize the
great distance believers have departed from God
in religious evils? The Lord calls us back - 2
Mal 2:14-17 Unfaithfulness to God and His Word is
pictured by unfaithfulness in the marriage
relationship. If we are friendly with those who
do not follow the Lord, we are unfaithful to Him!
People tend to move along the path of their
Mal 3:1-6 The messenger who was going to announce
the coming of the Lord Jesus was John the Baptist.
(This was written hundreds of years before John
Mal 3:14 We hear this these days - "What is
the use of trying to please the Lord? It hasn't
helped, so I'm going to live to please myself!"
Mal 3:15 People today are dulled into thinking
they are happy, just as then.
Mal 3:16-18 Yet God saw a little group of people
which feared the Lord, and got together and spoke
about and enjoyed the Lord!
In these 4 chapters, "His Name or My Name"
occur 9 times. What a precious Name! (See also Ps.
Notice the promises, make them your own. We will
have the ability to discern what is really
righteous and what is wicked. But these verses
are referring to when the Lord shall appear
before the world in a yet future time. Then He
will be coming to judge all the wickedness.
Conscience is a good "policeman" but a
poor guide. Never go against your conscience, but
let your conscience be guided by the Word of God.
Mal 4:1 But God is holy, and He tells us the end
of the wicked. Punishment is on the way!
Mal 4:2 But! What a contrast for these people!
Mal 4:5-6 A man shall arise before the Lord comes
in glory. (Not for us - there is no event to take
place before He comes for us.) He will call the
people to repentance before the great and
terrible day of the Lord Jesus comes. Some will
listen to him. So the Old Testament closes with
the promise of the rising of the Sun of
Righteousness, the Lord Jesus, coming in power. (The
New Testament closes with the promise of His
coming as the Morning Star - for us.)
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