SNAPSHOT OF MALACHI
- Date: 432-425 BC (Persian Empire)
- Theme: Are you robbing God of what belongs to Him?
- Key Verse(s): Malachi 3:1 “Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple; and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is coming,” says the Lord of hosts.
- YouTube: For a brief video synopsis, visit fellowshipcleveland.com/the-other-guys and click on “TBP Synopsis” for Malachi.
Discuss how you felt when you had something stolen from you.
Read Malachi 1:1-14. Why do you think God begins His message by telling the Israelites He loves them? Why do you think they doubt His love?
Do you ever doubt His love?
God made some harsh statements about Esau/Edom in this passage. How do you reconcile the fact that God is just and loving with these statements?
Joe mentioned that the people of Israel responded to God’s questions like children. Read the following passages and note God’s statements and the peoples’ responses:
|SCRIPTURE||GOD’S STATEMENTS||PEOPLES’ RESPONSES|
Do you have similar responses to God? In what ways do you treat God as less than who He is?
Joe stated that the Israelites 1) robbed God of His image; 2) robbed God of His provision; and 3) robbed God of His legacy. Discuss what these three statements mean, and how they relate to you today.
God doesn’t want obligation: He wants you to bear His image. He doesn’t want part of your life: He wants to provide for all of it. He doesn’t want temporary: He’s looking for eternal. This week, consider where you are robbing God (image, provision, legacy). Write down some changes you will make in order to give God what is rightfully His.
FOR FURTHER STUDY
Read Malachi 4. This is the last known message from God for 400 years, until Matthew 1. What stands out to you in this last chapter of the Old Testament? What do you think this chapter means?
What was the main lesson you learned from each book of the minor prophets?
Match the name of the prophet below with the meaning of his name. How do you see each name relating to their message from God?
_____ Hosea A Comforter
_____ Joel B The Servant of the Lord
_____ Amos C Embrace
_____ Obadiah D The Lord Hides
_____ Jonah E Jehovah Remembers
_____ Micah F Salvation
_____ Nahum G My Messenger
_____ Habakkuk H Dove
_____ Zephaniah I The Lord is God
_____ Haggai J Burden Bearer
_____ Zechariah K Festal
_____ Malachi L Who is like the Lord?