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 was being reminded to remember that the burden of Yahweh’s love for his people had been present, was still present and will always be present. They simply needed to look to the past to see how God’s love had motivated him toward action!
- Malachi 1:1 - 5