Understanding The Bible
Clarence E. Mason's
Introduction and Simple Outline

Dr. Clarence E. Mason, Jr.
Philadelphia College of Bible

MALACHI: Introduction and Simple Outline

M A L AC H I (Gaebelein adapted)
("My Messenger")

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

  1. "Wherein hast Thou loved us?" 1:1-15
    Jehovah's love for His people.

  2. "Wherein have we despised Thy Name and polluted Thee?" 1:6-2:9
    A rebuke of the priests particularly.

  3. "Wherein have we wearied Him?" 2:10-17
    A rebuke of divorce.

  4. The Angel of the Covenant shall purge Israel 3:1-6

  5. "Wherein have we robbed Thee?" 3:7-12
    A rebuke for defrauding Jehovah.

  6. "Wherein have we spoken against Thee?" (RV) 3:13-18
    A contrast between apostate and the godly remnant in Malachi's day.

  7. 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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