Malachi is the last of the three postexilic prophets. He ministered to descendants of those who returned to Judea from the Babylonian Captivity. When Malachi wrote, priests and people had become lax in their worship at the rebuilt temple, which had been completed in 515 B.C. Through a series of sharp rhetorical questions Malachi challenged his generation to shrug off its spiritual lethargy, and stir up the fires of complete commitment to the Lord. Malachi serves this same function for believers today. We too need to examine our hearts and our practices, and maintain that enthusiasm which is appropriate to a people of the living God.
|I.||God’s Favored Nation||Mal. 1:1–5|
|II.||Disrespectful Priests||Mal. 1:6–2:9|
|III.||Unfaithful People||Mal. 2:10–3:12|
|IV.||God’s Promises||Mal. 3:13–4:6|