Malachi, whose name means messenger, speaks of a future messenger who will prepare for the coming of the LORD.
1. Who is the LORD of Armies' messenger preparing the way for?
v 1 “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me; and the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, behold, he comes!” says the LORD of Armies.
2. What does the LORD accuse the people of saying about serving him and following his instructions?
v 14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God;’ and ‘What profit is it that we have followed his instructions, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of Armies?
3. What do those who fear the LORD do and how does the LORD respond?
v 16 Then those who feared the LORD spoke one with another; and the LORD listened, and heard, and a book of memory was written before him, for those who feared the LORD, and who honoured his name.
- v 1 to 7 A messenger prepares the way for the Lord to come and reform temple worship. This is applied to John the Baptiser in Matthew 11 v 10 and 11. The LORD will judge those who have not kept his commandments
- v 8 to 12 The LORD says the people have not brought tithes and offerings, but if they respect what he says they will be blessed
- v 13 to 15 The people have said there has been no point in serving God
- v 16 to 18 Those who feared the LORD met together and were recognised by the LORD. Those who serve the LORD will be saved