Malachi wrote this oracle in 433 B.C., King Artaxerxes was King of Persia; Nehemiah was his servant. Nehemiah later returns to Jerusalem to learn the Jews fell into sin once more. The Sabbath was broken, intermarriage with foreigners, priests were corrupt. Malachi condemns the Jews for their sins in his oracle; the last book of the Old Testament.
Malachi 1:8- “When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord.
vs-13- “When you bring injured, crippled or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?” says the Lord. 14- Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great King,” says the Lord Almighty, “and my name is to be feared among the nations.”
Malachi is condemning the Jews for the animals they are bringing before the altar for sacrifices. Moses was specific; the animals that were to be sacrificed to the Lord for offerings were to be without defect.
[2:1-3] 1- “And now this admonition is for you, O priest. 2- If you do not listen, and if you do not set your heart to honor my name,” says the Lord Almighty, “I will send a curse upon you, and curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not set your heart to honor me. 3- Because of you I will rebuke your descendants; I will spread on your faces the offal from the festival sacrifices, and you will be carried off with it.
vs-8-“But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi,” says the Lord Almighty. 9- “So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law.”
Malachi rebukes the Jewish priests for their false teachings and for not honoring the Lord with their lives. God was sending curses upon them for leading their flocks astray with their teachings; also cursing their blessings.
[3:7] -“Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. “But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’ 8- “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings. 9- You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. 10- Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me on this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessings that you will not have room enough for it. 11- I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the Lord Almighty. 12- Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord God Almighty.
 “You have said harsh things against me,” says the Lord. “Yet you ask, What have we said against you?” 14- “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What did we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord Almighty? 15- But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly the evildoers prosper, and even those who challenge God escape.’”
The Jews needed to return to the Lord as Malachi strongly counsels, to end the generational curses. The priests needed to honor the Lord with their lives and their teachings. The Jews needed to return to the practices taught by the laws of Moses; to bring food to the church and to bring proper animals to the priests to be sacrificed before the Lord. Malachi warns them to return to the Lord!
The Day of the Lord
Malachi 4:1-3- “Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. “Not a root or branch will be left to them. 2- But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. 3- Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things,” says the Lord Almighty.
Malachi warns; the day is coming when the Lord will say—no more. His wrath will burn against the wicked. But also, at the same time, the Lord will lift up those Jews who revere his name, who walk by righteousness.
This was how the Lord dealt with Jerusalem Jews and priests, 433 B.C.—during the Old Testament.
Malachi was the last prophet of the old testament. God was silent for four hundred years after Malachi wrote his oracle.
The next time God was heard from was when the Word became Flesh. Jesus, the Son of God, walked the earth and became the perfect lamb. Sacrificed on the cross for all mankind’s sins. Jesus was the final, perfect, sinless sacrifice for all our sins. There is no need for animal sacrifices for sins because of Jesus.
Hebrews 10:8-10- First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them” (although the law required them to be made). 9- Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10- And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.
Have you accepted Jesus’ sacrificed body for your sins? Jesus paid the ultimate price for you? He made everything right between you and a righteous God? Jesus did this for you. But, you must accept the gift freely. Believe that he died on that cruel cross for your sins. Believe that he went to hell in your place. Believe that on the third day, God raised him up out of hell and the grave and now he sets at the right hand of the Father in heaven. Believe that Christ took your punishment for your sins; paid in full.
If you truly believe this, and you want eternal life in heaven rather than in hell with Satan, then pray this prayer. Lord God, I am truly sorry for my sins. I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins. I want to make Jesus my Lord and Savior. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. I declare Jesus, you are my Lord. In Jesus name pray. A-men.
If you prayed this prayer, you are now a child of God. Born again. The scriptures tell us that all of heaven is celebrating you right now. There is shouting, cheering, yelling, all throughout heaven, all because of you. The joy is overflowing.
As a new believer, we are called to study the bible, pray, and attend church to learn about God and grow with other believers. We are also called to take communion regularly.
If you prayed this prayer to rededicate your life to Christ, praise the Lord! Pray for God to show you where He wants to use you in his kingdom, for his glory. Don’t be surprised if he requires you to grow and change as a person and in your faith. That is also part of the journey.
I pray that God will use you for His glory,
JA The Tested