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The book of Malachi is a very interesting book for its different from the other books written by minor prophets.

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Meaning of the Name

The name Mal’aki means “My Messenger” and likely is an abbreviated version of Mal’aka (“Messenger of Yahweh”). In addition to Malachi being a messenger of God as a prophet, his message speaks of a coming messenger (2:7; 3″1). Although the Greek Septuagint translates the prophet’s name in 1:1 as “by the hand of his messenger,” its title is still Malachias and Maleachi in the Latin Vulgate. source: The Remnant Study Bible.

Reading the book of Malachi, a repeated pattern can be seen: God accuses His people Israel – Israel asks or verify God’s accusation – God explaining His accusations.

 

God’s Accusation

Israel’s Question God’s Explanation
  1. I have loved you Mal. 1:2
Wherein has thou loved us? Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? saith the LORD: yet I loved Jacob…
  1. If then I be a Father, where is mine honour? And if I be a Master, where is my fear? Mal. 1:6

Wherein have we despised thy name?

 

 

And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.

Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.

For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.

Mal 1:8-11

  1. Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar. Mal. 1:7

 

 

Wherein have we polluted thee?

 

 

But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.

 

…and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering:

Mal. 1:12, 13

 

But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi,

Mal. 2:8

 

Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god.

Mal. 2:11

  1. And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand. Mal. 2:13
Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.

And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

Mal. 2:14-16

  1. Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Mal. 2:17
Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

Mal. 2:17

  1. 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. Mal. 3:7

 

Wherein shall we return?  
  1. Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. Mal. 3:8 

 

Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

Mal. 3:8

  1. Your words have been stout against me. Mal. 3:13

 

What have we spoken so much against thee? 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?

Mal. 3:14

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