Category: A group of biblical books that have a similar literary genre or main themes and have been placed together as a major section of the Bible.
Prophets: The books of Israel’s prophets who announced the downfall of Israel’s kingdom and the hope of its restoration after the exile.
Literary Style: A unique style of writing that follows recognized literary conventions and language patterns.
Poetry: A condensed form of writing that uses metaphorical imagery and creative language to engage the reader’s imagination and emotions.
Prophetic: A type of Israelite poetry employed by the prophets to warn and accuse Israel of covenant violation, and to announce future hope.
Malachi accuses Israel of selfishness after the exile and announces that the day of the Lord will purify Israel and prepare them for God's kingdom.
Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Malachi, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Malachi, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how they work within the Bible’s overall framework.
One hundred years after exile, the Israelites who had returned to Jerusalem were as evil and corrupt as their ancestors. The book of Malachi addresses their corruption regarding issues like sacrifices, marriage and tithing. It also affirms that God does love His people and will fulfill prophecy.
The entire Scripture is one unified story that tells us the truth about the human condition and sin while announcing God's promise to one day send a messenger and then show up personally. He will defeat evil and purify a faithful remnant, establish a New Jerusalem and bring peace, healing and justice forever. It's that promise that prompts God's people to denounce sin, remain faithful to His covenant and hope for the future.
The book of Malachi begins with an affirmation about the love God has shown to generations by choosing Jacob's family to carry His covenant promise.
God admonishes the men who married foreign women, worshiped their gods or divorced their wives to be faithful to their covenant with Him and marriage.
Day of the Lord
Israel feels neglected and wants God to show justice. He will send a messenger to prepare the Day of the Lord and purify the people.
God calls the people to start offering a tithe again. It supports the temple, and He will bless them with abundance if they are faithful.
Scroll of Remembrance
In the scroll of remembrance, God records the faithful remnant. It reminds them of His character and promises and inspires them to faithfulness and hope.