“For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.”
“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the Lord of hosts.
Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:”
“And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
The book of Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament in the Christian Bible. It is also one of the 12 minor prophets in the Hebrew Bible. The name “Malachi” means “my messenger” in Hebrew and is believed to be the name of the prophet who delivered God’s message to the people of Israel.
The book of Malachi consists of only four chapters and contains a series of messages or prophecies from God directed towards the Israelites during the post-exilic period. The people of the time were struggling with religious apathy, moral decline, and a lack of faithfulness to God’s laws.
In the first chapter, God expresses his love for the Israelites and exposes their hypocrisy, challenging them to examine their ways and return to Him. The second chapter rebukes the priests for their corrupt practices and urges them to honor God’s covenant. In the third chapter, God speaks about the coming Messiah, foretelling the arrival of a messenger who will prepare the way for His arrival.
The final chapter of Malachi emphasizes the importance of remembering God’s laws and promises, as well as the consequences of disregarding them. It also promises a day of judgment when righteousness will be rewarded and evil will be punished.
Overall, the book of Malachi serves as a reminder of the importance of faithfulness to God, obedience to His commands, and the hope of a future Messiah. Its messages are relevant for believers today, encouraging them to examine their own lives and remain faithful to God’s teachings.