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Ruth meets Boaz - 2017-12-19 12:00:00
Ruth is committed to Naomi - 2017-12-18 12:00:00
Choices we make in life - 2017-12-17 12:00:00
Paul Glories in The Cross - 2017-12-16 12:00:00
Be Generous And do Good - 2017-12-15 12:00:00
Bearing And Sharing The Burdens - 2017-12-14 12:00:00
The Provison For Victory Over Sin - 2017-12-13 12:00:00
The Promise of Victory Over Sin - 2017-12-12 12:00:00
Love Fulfills The Law - 2017-12-11 12:00:00
Christ Died to Set us Free From Laws And Regulations - 2017-12-10 12:00:00
A Comparison Between The Two Sons of Abraham - 2017-12-09 12:00:00
The Difference Between Law (slave) and Grace (free) - 2017-12-08 12:00:00
Building up People in Their Faith - 2017-12-07 12:00:00
Why Go Back Into Slavery? - 2017-12-06 12:00:00
The Law is Not Contrary to The Promise - 2017-12-05 12:00:00
The Changeless Promise - 2017-12-04 12:00:00
The Law Was Temporary And Required a Mediator - 2017-12-04 12:00:00
Salvation is by Faith And Not by Feeling - 2017-12-03 12:00:00
Freedom From The Law - 2017-12-02 12:00:00
Salvation is Not of The Law - 2017-12-01 12:00:00
Paul Confronts Peter About Hyprocrisy. - 2017-11-30 12:00:00
Paul Goes to Jerusalem to Meet With Church Leaders - 2017-11-29 12:00:00
Paul explains his conversion - 2017-11-28 12:00:00
Paul’s Personal Testimony - 2017-11-27 12:00:00
Paul Explaines His Authority - 2017-11-26 12:00:00
Paul Exposes His Adversaries - 2017-11-26 12:00:00
The Ruthless Mind of Man - 2017-11-25 12:00:00
The Remorse of the Israelites - 2017-11-24 12:00:00
The Danites Seize Laish - 2017-11-23 12:00:00
Micah Makes a Pagan Shrine - 2017-11-22 12:00:00
Guided by convenience rather than conviction - 2017-11-22 12:00:00
The Death of Samson - 2017-11-21 12:00:00
Three Lovers Among Avowed Enemies - 2017-11-20 12:00:00
Delilah Leads Samson to his Doom - 2017-11-20 12:00:00
Wholesale Slaughter with the Jawbone of a donkey - 2017-11-19 12:00:00
Fastening Torches to the Foxes Tails - 2017-11-19 12:00:00
The Marriage of Samson - 2017-11-18 12:00:00
Sampson was Born - 2017-11-17 12:00:00
Samson Falls in Love - 2017-11-17 12:00:00
Israel’s Final Judge - 2017-11-16 12:00:00
Sampson’s Parents Make a Vow - 2017-11-16 12:00:00
War with Ephraim - 2017-11-15 12:00:00
Jephthah’s Vow to the Lord - 2017-11-13 12:00:00
Jephthah’s Military Strategy - 2017-11-12 12:00:00
Jephthah’s Call to Leadership - 2017-11-11 12:00:00
Servitude Under the Philistines and Ammonites - 2017-11-10 12:00:00
The Repentance of Israel - 2017-11-10 12:00:00
Abimelech Wanted to Get Revenge - 2017-11-09 12:00:00
The Renegade Who Lusted for Power - 2017-11-08 12:00:00
Gideon’s Sense of Justice - 2017-11-07 12:00:00
The Concluding Days of Gideon - 2017-11-07 12:00:00
The Defeat of Gideon’s Foes - 2017-11-06 12:00:00
Who is on the Lord’s Side? - 2017-11-05 12:00:00
Confirming the Will of God - 2017-11-04 12:00:00
Destroying the Pagan Altar - 2017-11-04 12:00:00
The Commission of Gideon - 2017-11-03 12:00:00
Conditions in Israel - 2017-11-02 12:00:00
Those Who Love Him Will Prosper - 2017-11-01 12:00:00
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A suggested outline:

  1. Care of God: Past (chapter 1:1-5).
  2. Complaint of God: Present (chapters 1:6-3:15).
  3. Coming of God: Future (chapters 3:16-4:6).

Malachi -The Last of the Prophets

  • Written by Malachi (1:1), the last of the Old Testament prophets.
  • Written to the nation of Israel (1:1).
  • Malachi, a prophet in the days of Nehemiah, directed his message of judgment to a people plagued with corrupt priests, wicked practices, and a false sense of security in their privileged relationship with God.
  • The book of Malachi marks the close of Old Testament prophecy and the beginning of four hundred years of silence between the Old and New Testaments.
  • Using a question and answer format, Malachi highlighted Judah’s hardheartedness and pronounced God’s curse upon all who would practice such things
  • These were all the Jewish people who returned to Jerusalem under Zerubbabel after the Babylonian captivity (Ezra 1) in 536 B.C.
  • Malachi was a contemporary of Nehemiah. The books of Nehemiah and Ezra give the history of events taking place during this time.
  • Malachi rebuked the priests for malpractice in the temple (chapter 2). This is evidence that the temple had been rebuilt and was being used (3:10). The temple was completed and dedicated in 515 B.C. (Ezra 6:15-16).
  • The fact that the people of Israel were unfaithful in their worship of God suggests that considerable time had passed since the temple was completed. For these reasons, most scholars agree that this book was written around 450-430 B.C., or one hundred years after the Jews had returned to Palestine. Evidences of their unfaithfulness are:
  1. They were unwilling to part with money for temple funds (3:8).
  2. They took advantage of the poor, the strangers, the orphans, and the widows (3:5).
  3. They were intermarrying with Gentiles who followed other gods (2:11).
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