The End of the Old Testament: Malachi

Summary of Malachi Date and place: written in Palestine about 557-525 B.C. Author: Malachi the prophet – one of the three prophets after the exile, the others being Haggai, and Zechariah. Proof of authorship: we have the testimony of the book itself that Malachi wrote it [1:1] Theme: accusations from God and denials from Israel that He is rightfully accusing them of evil. There are 14 statements of accusations from God and 10 Continue Reading

Malachi 4:4-6; Evangelical Predictions; “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord; 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;” This is doubtless intended for a solemn conclusion, not only of this prophecy, but of the canon of the Old Testament; Now that prophecy ceases, and is about to be sealed up. B.C. 400

Evangelical Predictions. B. C. 400. Malachi 4:4-6 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 Continue Reading

Malachi 3:13-18; Wicked Conversation Reproved; Evil Maxims of Sinners; Pious Converse Commended; Promises to the Godly; The Book of Remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the Lord, and thought upon His name. B.C. 400

Wicked Conversation Reproved; Evil Maxims of Sinners; Pious Converse Commended; Promises to the Godly. B. C. 400. Malachi 3:13-18 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 Continue Reading

Malachi 3:7-12; The Sins of the People; Encouragements to Repentance; The prophet’s high charge exhibited, in God’s name, against the people; They stand indicted for robbery, for sacrilege, the worst of robberies: “You have robbed Me.” It is in tithes and offerings. B.C. 400

The Sins of the People; Encouragements to Repentance. B. C. 400. Malachi 3:7-12 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 Continue Reading

Malachi 3:1-6; Evangelical Predictions; The Advent of Christ Predicted; God’s immutability asserted by Himself, and glorified in: “I Am the Lord; I change not; and therefore no word that I have spoken shall fall to the ground.” B.C. 400

M A L A C H I. CHAPTER 3 In this chapter we have, I. A promise of the coming of the Messiah, and of his forerunner; and the errand he comes upon is here particularly described, both the comfort which his coming brings to his church and people and the terror which it will bring to the wicked, ver. 1-6. II. A reproof of the Jews for their corrupting God's ordinances and sacrilegiously robbing him of his dues, with a charge to them to amend Continue Reading

Malachi 2:10-17; Unlawful Marriages; Breach of the Marriage-Covenant; Charge of Corrupt Principles; Corrupt practices are the genuine fruit of currupt principles; and the badness of men’s hearts and lives is owing to some loose atheistical notions which they have got and which they govern themselves by. B.C. 400

Unlawful Marriages; Breach of the Marriage-covenant; Charge of Corrupt Principles. B. C. 400. Malachi 2:10-17 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 Continue Reading

Malachi 2:1-9; The Office of the Priesthood; Charge against the Priest; The Priests Censured and Threatened; The Governors of the churches are under God’s government, and to Him they are accountable; Even for those who command God has commandments. B.C. 400

M A L A C H I. CHAPTER 2 There are two great ordinances which divine wisdom has instituted, the wretched profanation of both of which is complained of and sharply reproved in this chapter. I. The ordinance of the ministry, which is peculiar to the church, and is designed for the maintaining and keeping up of that; this was profaned by those who were themselves dignified with the honour of it and entrusted with the business of it. The Continue Reading

Malachi 1:6-14; God’s Remonstrance with the Priests; Judgments of Wicked Priests; The Prophet is here, by a special commission, calling the priest to account; Let the Rulers in the House of God know that there is one above them, Who will reckon with them for their mal-administrations. B.C. 400

God's Remonstrance with the Priests; Judgment of Wicked Priests. B. C. 400. Malachi 1:6-14 6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? 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 Continue Reading

Malachi 1:1-5; Ingratitude of Israel; Judgments and Mercies; This prophet is sent first to convince and then to comfort, first to discover sin and to reprove for that and then to promise the coming of Him Who shall take away sin; And this method the blessed Spirit takes in dealing with souls: He first opens the wound and then applies the healing balm. B.C. 400

M A L A C H I. CHAPTER 1 Thus prophet is sent first to convince and then to comfort, first to discover sin and to reprove for that and then to promise the coming of him who shall take away sin. And this method the blessed Spirit takes in dealing with souls, John xvi. 8. He first opens the wound and then applies the healing balm. God had provided (and one would think effectually) for the engaging of Israel to himself by providences and Continue Reading

Malachi: Introduction

Malachi GOD'S prophets were his witnesses to his church, each in his day, for several ages, witnesses for him and his authority, witnesses against sin and sinners, attesting the true intents of God's providences in his dealings with his people then and the kind intentions of his grace concerning his church in the days of the Messiah, to whom all the prophets bore witness, for they all agreed in their testimony; and now we have only one Continue Reading