Understanding The Bible
E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible
MALACHI: Introduction and Simple Outline
M A L AC H
I (Gaebelein adapted)
Malachi prophesied after Haggai and Zechariah, about 435-415 BC (Whitcomb). For historical setting, see Ezra c. 458-440 BC and Nehemiah c. 445-415 BC (Whitcomb) By comparison of Malachi 1:8 with Nehemiah 5:15,18, it seems clear that he prophesied either during Nehemiah's absence in Persia (Neh. 13:6) or after Nehemiah's governship.
Rebuke of Restored Remnant with Announcement of Future Purging and Blessing
hast Thou loved us?" 1:1-15
Jehovah's love for His people.
have we despised Thy Name and polluted Thee?" 1:6-2:9
A rebuke of the priests particularly.
have we wearied Him?" 2:10-17
A rebuke of divorce.
Angel of the Covenant shall purge Israel 3:1-6
have we robbed Thee?" 3:7-12
A rebuke for defrauding Jehovah.
have we spoken against Thee?" (RV) 3:13-18
A contrast between apostate and the godly remnant in Malachi's day.
The Sun of Righteousness will utterly judge the apostate in Israel and deliver the godly remnant at His glorious coming 4:1-6
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