An Alphabetical Analysis
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'He shall prepare the way'
Malachi is the last of the prophets, the closing words (Mal. 4:5,6)
making a direct link with the advent of John the Baptist.  The name Malachi
means 'My messenger' (Mal. 3:1).  Malachi is designated by the Rabbins, 'The
seal of the prophets', and from the close of the Hebrew canon until 'the
voice crying in the wilderness' the prophetic gift appears to have been
It is noteworthy that Malachi's prophecy is addressed 'to Israel', even
though the ten tribes had been taken captive long before, for the returned
remnant under Ezra and Nehemiah are also called 'Israel', where those who
believe 'British -Israel' teaching would correct us and speak only of 'Jews'.
(See Part 8).  Jerusalem is once more inhabited (Mal. 2:11), but the
'governor' (Mal. 1:8) still bears the name peshah (pasha), a name taken from
the Persians.  The temple is rebuilt (3:1), the altar standing (1:7) and the
ritual performed (1:13,14).
The prophecy of Malachi falls into four parts:
Proved, but questioned.
'Ye have wearied the Lord'.
to 4:3
'Behold the day cometh'.
'I will send'.
The prophecy opens with an appeal to Israel to consider the love that
had been shown to them.  This is demonstrated by the conditions then
obtaining, for while Jerusalem had been delivered and restored, Esau's (or
Edom's) territory was still 'waste'.
The words, 'I hated Esau' do not refer to Esau the individual but to
his descendants.  'Two Nations' are the subject of the prophetic utterance of
Genesis 25:23, and there is no statement in Genesis that would lead one to
think that Esau himself ever suffered as Malachi 1:3 indicates, but, on the
contrary, we learn that he became prosperous and wealthy though a 'profane
The impudent rejoinder 'wherein hast Thou loved us?' (Mal. 1:2)
is evidently characteristic for something similar occurs six times.  The
references are:
say, Wherein hast Thou loved us?' (1:2).
say, Wherein have we despised Thy name?' (1:6).
say, Wherein have we polluted Thee?' (1:7).
say, Wherein have we wearied Him?' (2:17).
said, Wherein shall we return?' (3:7).
say, Wherein have we robbed Thee?' (3:8).
To this list can be added such phrases as 'Yet ye say, Wherefore?'
(2:14); and 'Yet ye say, What have we spoken so much against Thee?' (3:13).
Here is evidence of hardness of heart and non -repentance.  With this in
mind, the word 'repent' uttered by John the Baptist and by the Lord at the
commencement of their public ministry, takes a deeper significance, and