Malachi

Malachi

MALACHI’S NAME means ‘messenger of God’. He was the last of God’s prophets in the Old Testament, prophesying after the Jewish exile in Babylon. After his days ‘the sun went down on the prophets’ (Micah 3:6) for about 400 years—until the time of Jesus. The Message Malachi was told to remind Israel that God had been good to them, but that priests and people alike had failed (1:2). Their punishment must come and God would open His message to the Gentiles (non- Jews). A greater priest is to come—the Lord Jesus Christ, “the Messenger of the covenant” (3:1). Through him God will make a new covenant with believers, both Jews and Gentiles. Chapter 3 foretells Christ’s coming in judgement—or blessing—depending how he is received. He is to be preceded by a forerunner who will “prepare the way before Me” (3:1). When he first came, his forerunner was John the Baptist