Remember Jehovah, repent toward Him, return to Him and render to Him that which is His due.
The name Malachi means “my messenger,” so that, perhaps we do not know the name of the real author of this book, who hides himself behind his office and his message. Sixty years had passed since the first return of Israel from the land of captivity, under Joshua and Zerubbabel, and during this time the holy seed had become mingled with the people of the land. It was necessary, therefore, for a compelling voice to demand the purging and cleansing of the priesthood and the people.
The moral and religious condition of Israel was at a low ebb. They were the slaves of formalism and self-righteousness; satisfied with themselves, and not hesitating to blaspheme God’s name. Therefore instead of the language of promise and encouragement used by Haggai and Zechariah, there was need to substitute the reproofs and warnings of this last of the prophets, between whom and the New Testament four hundred years were destined to intervene. —Through the Bible Day by Day
“The Lord’s Messenger”
I. God’s Unwearied Love for His People, Malachi 1:1-5
II. The Sins of the Priests, Malachi 1:6-2:9
III. The Evils of Idolatry and Divorce, Malachi 2:10-16
IV. The Coming Judgment, Malachi 2:17-3:6
VI. The Book of Remembrance, Malachi 3:13-18
VII. The Day of the Lord, Malachi 4 —Through the Bible Day by Day