We conclude our study on the prophet Malachi. This is a prophet that we probably are not the most familiar so what is the prophet’s contribution to our canon? Is this only a prophet who is relevant during the Christmas season when he talks about the Messiah or does this prophet communicate the Gospel in a very profound and significant way?
At this point in our Malachi we might wonder if there are any faithful people. Has the Lord forgotten His people? Has the Lord failed to keep a remnant for himself? The Lord gives the assurance that the upside is that the Lord remembers His promise. So, what is the peace of knowing that God remembers His justice?
The Lord is the one who watches over His people, but his people have not returned the favor. Their passion, their love, and their conviction have grown soft towards the Lord. So, how is the Lord going to deal with this? Will the Lord give his people what they deserve?
The people have failed to love the Lord as they are called to love the Lord. They are a people who have not been faithful and they are contrasted to the Lord who is faithful. How faithful is the Lord? How does the Lord show His faithfulness?
The people of God want to know why the Lord does not seem to love them. In their mind they have not really done anything wrong and so they want proof to show that they have been faithless. So far the issue has been with the priest, but what about the people? What is the Lord going to present to establish his people are faithless?
We know that the ministering priesthood of Israel has come to completion because of Christ’s priestly work. Malachi rebukes the priests in Israel, and so what value can Malachi’s warning for the priests have for us today?
The Lord has established for Israel that the Lord really does love Israel. The Lord is also one who has been faithful to the promises of the covenant of grace. The Lord has delivered, defended, and deposited Israel right where they need to be. Now the Lord turns to cross examine Israel. Have they loved the Lord as they should? How has Israel failed to love the Lord?
Israel has a checkered past and some struggles in their faithfulness to the Lord. Now, Israel is in a place where she is sort of in the land, but not fully enjoying all the benefits of the Lord. Israel wants to know if the Lord really loves the younger son, and so they ask the Lord if he really loves Jacob. So, does the Lord love Jacob and how do we know?