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Malachi- Loved by God

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who
Malachi a prophet
Identified by Jewish tradition as a member of the Great Synagogue that collected and preserved the Scriptures.
To Post Exhile restore Judah.
what
when- The late fifth century b.c., most likely during Nehemiah’s return to Persia ca. 433–424 b.c. (cf. ; ).
“Sacrifices were being made at the second temple (1:7–10; 3:8), which was finished in 516 b.c. (cf. ).
Many years had passed since then as the priests had increasingly become complacent and corrupt (1:6–2:9).
Malachi’s reference to “governor” (1:8) speaks of the time of Persian dominance in Judah when Nehemiah was revisiting Persia (), while his emphasis on the law (4:4) coincides with a similar focus by Ezra and Nehemiah (cf. , , ; ).
They shared other concerns as well,:
a. marriages to foreign wives (2:11–15; cf. , ; ),
b. withholding of tithes (3:8–10; cf. )
c. social injustice (3:5; cf. ).
Nehemiah came to Jerusalem in 445 b.c. to rebuild the wall, and returned to Persia in 433 b.c. He later returned to Israel (ca. 424 b.c.) to deal with the sins Malachi described ().
So it is likely that Malachi was written during the period of Nehemiah’s absence, almost a century after Haggai and Zechariah began to prophesy.[1]
[1] MacArthur, J. F., Jr. (2006). The MacArthur study Bible: New American Standard Bible. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.
After this word from the Lord, there will be about 400 years pass and events of the NT will begin.
where- Restored nation of Judah
why- The people of Judah were back in the land, and their Jewish faith had been reformed. It wasn't long after that reformation that the people backslid once more.
Though the Jewish people have gone through the cycle of oppression, repentance, restoration before, - there's one difference that I want to highlight as we begin our study in this series. While other prophets often ministered in great times of change and upheaval, Malachi ministered during a period of waiting. They were waiting to see what God was going to do next - but at this present time God didn't seem to be doing anything.
in a sense, it was a waiting period; they were waiting to see what God was going to do next - but at this present time God didn't seem to be doing anything. In fact, they were going as far now as to say in their apathy and indifference and moral corruption: 'Has God forgotten us? Has God forgotten His people? All the promises that have been spoken to us in the past, God doesn't seem to have honoured them to us'.
In fact, they were going as far now as to say in their apathy and indifference and moral corruption: 'Has God forgotten us? Has God forgotten His people?'.
It is within this context that we begin by looking at:
Malachi 1:1–5 NKJV
The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi. “I have loved you,” says the Lord. “Yet you say, ‘In what way have You loved us?’ Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” Says the Lord. “Yet Jacob I have loved; But Esau I have hated, And laid waste his mountains and his heritage For the jackals of the wilderness.” Even though Edom has said, “We have been impoverished, But we will return and build the desolate places,” Thus says the Lord of hosts: “They may build, but I will throw down; They shall be called the Territory of Wickedness, And the people against whom the Lord will have indignation forever. Your eyes shall see, And you shall say, ‘The Lord is magnified beyond the border of Israel.’
First, let us examine

1. God’s devotion to Israel.

A. God’s love

Malachi 1:2 NKJV
“I have loved you,” says the Lord. “Yet you say, ‘In what way have You loved us?’ Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” Says the Lord. “Yet Jacob I have loved;
Malachi 1:
God loved Jacob and his descendants
By God’s Sovereign choice, He chose Jacob to receive the covenant blessings.
He loved Jacob because He choose to do so!
It had nothing to do with Israel’s righteousness, or greatness.
God put the burden on Himself and choose Abraham, Isaac and in his turn Jacob to receive the covenant.

B. God’s Greatness

“In what way…?”
Malachi 1:5 NKJV
Your eyes shall see, And you shall say, ‘The Lord is magnified beyond the border of Israel.’
As they saw the greatness of God, they could not deny His love

2. God’s Dislike of Edom

A. Destruction of Esau’s Descendants

Malachi 1:3–4 NKJV
But Esau I have hated, And laid waste his mountains and his heritage For the jackals of the wilderness.” Even though Edom has said, “We have been impoverished, But we will return and build the desolate places,” Thus says the Lord of hosts: “They may build, but I will throw down; They shall be called the Territory of Wickedness, And the people against whom the Lord will have indignation forever.
Malachi 1:3 NKJV
But Esau I have hated, And laid waste his mountains and his heritage For the jackals of the wilderness.”
He hated Edom
He destroyed Edom
Though a brother of Jacob, they despised the Lord
Malachi 1:
As a nation they oppressed Israel
God destroyed them in judgment

B. God Promises to Rid the land of evil

Malachi 1:4 NKJV
Even though Edom has said, “We have been impoverished, But we will return and build the desolate places,” Thus says the Lord of hosts: “They may build, but I will throw down; They shall be called the Territory of Wickedness, And the people against whom the Lord will have indignation forever.
God won’t allow evil to be rebuilt in the land
His indignation is never ending.

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