Malachi’s words to the people of Israel come about a 100 years after their return to the homeland. Many of the sins condemned by Malachi were the same as those addressed by Nehemiah.
Malachi confronted the people with their complacency and unfaithfulness. They were not worshiping God whole heartedly. They were marrying outside the faith. They were breaking their marriage covenants through divorce. They were not honoring God with their tithes and offerings. They were not teaching truth and many were being led astray. And they weren’t sure if it was worth their effort to serve God; what was in it for them, serving God was futile. ). There was a lack of respect and contempt for the name of the LORD. Sounds a lot like our world today doesn’t it?
Malachi’s message to the people was if they would return to God and obey Him, God would pour out his blessing on them and fill them with joy.
We too, just like the people of Israel can be restored to a right relationship at anytime. We only need to turn our hearts toward God, turn from our sinful way, embrace God’s grace and worship the one true God.
Until next time – be encouraged.