Things To Consider
- Malachi is written in a disputation style. The pattern is used to raise a point made by certain individuals, and then offer a contradiction in a point-counterpoint formula. There are six cycles of disputation in Malachi. Each cycle begins with Yahweh making a statement of truth concerning His character. A hypothetical audience then offers a rebuttal in the form of a question. Each cycle ends with Yahweh responding by presenting supporting evidence.
- God has been faithful and loved His people but they have not been true to the covenant.
- The gap between God's people and God's word was vast.
- It would seem that God's love would have been demonstrated in such a way that there would be no question.
- Personal animosity towards Esau is not implied. Esau and his descendants, however, by nursing resentment and showing hostility towards Jacob, did bring God’s judgement on themselves.
- God is not honored in worship that is insincere and not sacrificial.
- God tells them of the results of their irreverence and reminds them of His commitment to honor His name.
- You cannot expect prayers to always be answered while walking in habitual disobedience.
- The priests spoke about their unhappiness in serving God.
- They were not walking in obedience, they caused people to stumble, showed partiality and corrupted the covenant.
- The institution of marriage was under attack.
- The people's cynicism wearied the Lord.