Malachi 1:1-2:9

  1. 1:1-5.The people of Judah, looking upon their condition and circumstances, were depressed and murmuring against God.What proof did the prophet use to show that God did love them as a nation? Cf. Pss. 34:15, 16; 73:26-28.
  2. Of what particular sins were the priests guilty? With what will God punish them if they remain impenitent? What was the root of their failure?
  3. What, by contrast, do we learn should be the quality and objectives of our service as messengers of the Lord of hosts? Cf. 2:5-7, and cf. 2 Cor. 6:3; 2 Tim. 2:15; 1 Pet. 4:10, 11.

Note

  1. 1:2-4. The Edomites were the descendants of Esau.
  2. 1:5. ‘Great is the Lord- even beyond the borders of Israel’: the people had too small a conception of their God, and the prophet seeks to correct this. Cf. verses 11, 14b.
  3. 1:8. Perfect, unblemished sacrifices were demanded ( Lev. 1:3), and the ‘rejects’ from the flock.
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