November 11 – December 9, 2012
Again the prophet’s purpose was to assure his people that Yahweh still loved them and was keeping his covenant with them (1:2-5). But he demanded honor, respect, and faithfulness (1:6). The people and priests were not honoring Yahweh. They were dishonoring him with their worship, by their unfaithfulness to marriage vows (2:10-16), by their social injustices (3:5), and by their harsh words bordering on blasphemy (3:13-14). Malachi assures his people that Yahweh knows those who fear him and those who do not. Yahweh calls for his people to repent and return to him (3:7). If they do not return he will come and smite the land with a curse (ban). Since the last word of this book is one of judgment, it should claim the attention of everyone who reads it.
Ralph L. Smith
During this post exile time the Israelites seemed discouraged. Their joy from having the temple and walls of Jerusalem had worn off. The excitement of the promised messiah that the prophets Zachariah and Isaiah had promised still had not arrived. So they were left waiting, and waiting, and waiting…. In this time of waiting, Israel […]