Clarifications and Intro for Malachi

The Prophet Malachi, Duccio di Buoninsegna 1310

If you use this site to guide your readings, rather than a printout of the reading plan, then you may have had some confusion this week. I posted Micah 1-4, realized Micah has 7 chapters, changed the corresponding texts, then realized Malachi was the assigned reading, saw that Malachi has 4 chapters, then changed everything back. What made it more difficult was all this was using a finicky internet provided by my brother’s cell phone.

Hopefully you have not tried to read seven chapters of Malachi, come up short, and conclude your Bible was a misprint.

Malachi is the final book in the Old Testament, but don’t be deceived into thinking we’ve now finished that part of the Bible. We’ve still got plenty to go. But it is the last of the Minor Prophets as they are ordered in our Bibles.

You’ve got to love it when you find a good one sentence summary of a book, so I thought I’d share this one I came across:

The theological message of the book can be summed up in one sentence: The Great King (1:14) will come not only to judge his people (3:1–5; 4:1) but also to bless and restore them (3:6–12; 4:2).

That’s what you’ll come across as you read. I hope I caught you before you began to follow my poor guidance. If so, you might want to read further introductory comments from the article the above quote is taken from.

Malachi – Biblica.com

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