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‘The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.’
We may be apt to think that, because ‘Malachi’ comes last in the Old Testament, he lived after the other writers. This is not so. He lived about the same time as Ezra and Nehemiah. Nehemiah wrote the last history, Malachi the last prophecy.
I. The messenger— the name means ‘My messenger,’ or ‘the Messenger of Jehovah.’—He was sent with God’s message to the careless and wicked Jews.
II. The message.—The message began by God telling these erring people that ‘ He loved them.’
III. A practical lesson.—Are not some of us worse than these Jews? God says, ‘Yet I have loved you, and given my well-beloved Son to be your Saviour!’
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Nisbet, James. "Commentary on Malachi 1". The Church Pulpit Commentary. https://studylight.org/
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