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Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.    1 Corinthians 10:11 ESV

1. All Scripture “written down” had a local application and a distinctive message to the times in which it was written

2. But is was also written “for our instruction or learning

3. When the Holy Spirit of God moved men of old to write, He not only moved them to write with a view to the interest of the times in which they lived, but with a view to all who should come after them


     A. Malachi Comes After Haggai And Zechariah

         1. The messages of Haggai and Zechariah

               a. To reprove the people for their delay in the building of the Temple

               b. To encourage them to finish the task

         2. Malachi was sent to reprove them for the neglect of it after it was built

     B. Malachi Was Preaching Against Religious, Political, Family And Social Hypocrisy In Jerusalem

NOTE: At about the same time that Socrates was preaching against intellectual hypocrisy in Athens

         1. Religious hypocrisy

NOTE: But you dishonor my name with your actions. By bringing contemptible food, you are saying it’s all right to defile the Lord’s table.         Malachi 1:12 NLT

         2. Political hypocrisy

NOTE: If Edom says, “We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins,” the Lord of hosts says, “They may build, but I will tear down, and they will be called ‘the wicked country,’ and ‘the people with whom the Lord is angry forever.’”      Malachi 1:4 ESV

         3. Family hypocrisy

NOTE: Yet you say, “For what reason?” Because the Lord has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously; yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant. Malachi 2:14 NKJV

         4. Social hypocrisy

NOTE: Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.   Malachi 3:5 ESV

     C. About Four Hundred Years Before Christ

         1. God’s last message in the Old Testament

         2. Thus begins the Four Hundred Silent Years

NOTE: God is now silent

         3. The next message from God comes to the nation of Israel through John the Baptist


     A. “Malachi” Means:

         1. “My messenger”

         2. “My Angel”

         3. “The messenger of Jehovah”

     B. Malachi Was The Last Of The Old Testament Prophets

         1. He says nothing about himself

         2. He speaks only of himself as “a bearer of the burden of the Word of God”

NOTE: The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.       Malachi 1:1 KJV

NOTE: The oracle of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.        Malachi 1:1 ESV

     C. There Are Twelve Writing Minor Prophets – Malachi Is Number 12

         1. Each of the twelve wrote at least one book of the Old Testament

         2. The Twelve Minor Prophets of the Old Testament

               a. Hosea – God’s Salvation For The Backslidden

NOTE: I led them with cords of kindness, with the bands of love, and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws, and I bent down to them and fed them.     Hosea 11:4 ESV

               b. Joel – Messiah (Christ) Will Restore

NOTE: The day of the Lord (the thousand year reign of Christ) is mentioned five times in Joel

NOTE: And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions  Joel 2:28 KJV

               c. Amos – God’s Judgment Against Idolatry And Social Injustice

NOTE: “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord.”         Amos 8:11 NKJV

               d. Obadiah – God’s Judgment On Edom

NOTE: The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; you who say in your heart, ‘Who will bring me down to the ground?’

Though you ascend as high as the eagle, and though you set your nest among the stars, from there I will bring you down,” says the Lord.

Obadiah 3-4 NKJV

               e. Jonah – The Repentance Of Nineveh

NOTE: For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.        Matthew 12:40 NKJV

NOTE: But the Lord said, “You have had pity on the plant for which you have not labored, nor made it grow, which came up in a night and perished in a night.

And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand and their left—and much livestock?”

Jonah 4:10-11 NKJV

               f. Micah – The Hope Of Looking For Messiah

NOTE: “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall come forth to Me the One to be Ruler in Israel, whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.”     Micah 5:2 NKJV

               g. Nahum – God’s Jealousy For Us

NOTE: God is jealous, and the Lord avenges; The Lord avenges and is furious. The Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies    Nahum 1:2 NKJV

               h. Habakkuk – God Is My Salvation

NOTE: Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.      Habakkuk 2:4 NKJV

NOTE: For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.         Romans 1:17 KJV

NOTE: But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.  Galatians 3:11 KJV

NOTE: Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.   Hebrews 10:38 KJV

             i. Zephaniah – The Day Of The Lord – Terror And Redemption

NOTE: The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing        Zephaniah 3:17 NKJV

               j. Haggai – Christ The Desire Of All Nations

NOTE: Now therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways!

“You have sown much, and bring in little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes.”

Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Consider your ways!

Haggai 1:5-7 NKJV

               k. Zechariah – Christ In His Coming Glory

NOTE: Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Return to Me,” says the Lord of hosts, “and I will return to you,” says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 1:3 NKJV

NOTE: So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.         Zechariah 4:6 NKJV

               l. Malachi – What God Expects From Us

NOTE: For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.        Malachi 3:6 NKJV

NOTE: Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings.         Malachi 3:8 NKJV

     D. Malachi Was Closely Associated With Nehemiah

         1. Haggai and Zechariah were associated with Zerubbabel and Ezra

         2. The book of Nehemiah should be read with the book of Malachi


     A. The People Had Changed Their Attitudes

        1. The initial enthusiasm of the Return had died out

         2. They were discouraged

               a. The golden age had not dawned

               b. Their sins had delayed victory and glory

     B. The Key Word Revealing The Condition Of The People Is “Wherein” (KJV)

         1. It is used seven times in Malachi

         2. The statement of God and the sarcastic response by the people

     C. The Significance Of “Wherein”

         1. They were not in open rebellion against God

         2. They were laboring under the delusion that just because they were doing all these things they had chosen to do they were all right


     A. They Were Particular And Strict In Outward Observances But Their Hearts Were Not In It

NOTE: He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.’   Mark 7:6 NKJV

     B. They Boasted In Their Knowledge Of Truth, But Responded Mechanically To That Knowledge

NOTE: 2 Timothy 3:1-4, 5 cf. Romans 2:17, 20

Only times used in New Testament.

NOTE: But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.

For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,

heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good,

treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV

NOTE: Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the law, and make your boast in God … an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the law.         Romans 2:17,20 NKJV

NOTE: In the last book of the Old Testament the subject of spiritual formality with no substance is discussed

In the last book written by the Apostle Paul he discusses the same subject

NOTE: In the last days (as before Christ’s first coming) people will have the truth. They will emphasize the process rather than the thing accomplished.

         a. Orthodoxy without power

         b. Ritualism

     C. The People Were Saying:

          1. They were innocent of God’s charges

         2. Serving God was useless

NOTE: “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.” – Søren Kierkegaard

     D. They Were Expected To Be Rewarded By God In Worldly Blessings For The Mere External Performance Of Acts Of Worship

NOTE: Outward blessings for outward duties cf. prosperity gospel

         1. When no blessings came when they expected, they said God violated His promises

        2. It never dawned on them that something was wrong with them

         3. They had no real sense of sin

1         4. They did not think the warnings were directed to them

     E. These Attitudes Developed Into Two Well Known Camps In The New Testament

         1. The Sadducees (Liberals) – God doesn’t keep His promises

NOTE: For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both.         Acts 23:8 KJV

         2. The Pharisees (Orthodox) It’s somebody else’s fault; I’m not like other people

NOTE: The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector!   Luke 18:11 NLT

         3. The cynicism of the great majority

NOTE: Announcement           versus            Response

               a. I have loved you … in what way have You loved us?     Malachi 1:2

               b. O Priests that despise My name … in what way have we despised Your name?

Malachi 1:6

               c. You offer polluted bread … in what way have we polluted You?           Malachi 1:7

               d. You have wearied the Lord with your words … in what way have we wearied Him?

Malachi 2:17

               e. Return unto Me, and I will return unto you … in what way shall we return?

Malachi 3:7

               f. Yet you have robbed Me … in what way have we robbed You?          Malachi 3:8

               g. Your words have been harsh against Me … what have we spoken against You?       Malachi 3:8


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We are to be people of the Book. In order to know God’s will concerning any aspect of our lives, we must find book, chapter, and verse.

There are those who think because we go to a source that is at least 2,000 years old we are “old fashioned.” The term “old fashioned” has no place in the Christian’s vocabulary. It is not a Biblical term. Nothing in, or about, the Bible is “old fashioned.” Rather the Bible is eternal, it endures forever.

But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.  I Peter 1:25

The world has an axiom: New is better than old. Because we go to an “old” book, we are “old fashioned.” (i.e., out dated. cf. (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.) Acts 17:21) We Christians, like passive sheep, have allowed ourselves to be herded into the ‘old fashioned’ corner when it comes to discipline.

The world sees discipline almost only in a negative light. “When someone steps out of line, bop ’em!”

The Bible sees discipline almost only in a positive light. Biblical synonyms: Disciple, educate, edify, rear (children), and also, chastisement.



     A. The Ultimate Purpose Of All Discipline Is To Make Us Holy

NOTE: And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.         Leviticus 20:26

NOTE: The Biblical beginning of modern education

          1. Education was established so the people of God could learn how to be holy

NOTE: How to keep God’s commands in our daily Christian lifestyle

          2. Originally all education was regarding:

               a. Learning how to approach God

               b. Learning how to be approved by God

     B. Biblical Discipline Gives Us The Key Role Of The Father To The Child

NOTE: Reminder – this discipline is positive not negative discipline first. There is

a Biblical place for negative discipline.

NOTE: Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee.         Deuteronomy 8:5

NOTE: This is not in the Biblical job description of the mother

               1. In everyday life the Jewish father was the guardian of the Law

                    a. He instructed the younger generation

                    b. This was a key element of how the Law survived even the

destruction of the Kingdom and the Temple

NOTE: Could Christianity survive the destruction of the Church today? The

answer rests with each father.

NOTE: A 2016 report states that one in every three homes in this country does not

have a father figure living with the children in that dwelling

          2. In the teaching of children in the Old Testament the emphasis was moral

education before any other education

          3. A cultured person in the Old Testament was one who possessed

wisdom, knowledge and discernment

               a. There was knowledge of what God says and wants and demands

               b. There was wisdom based upon the ability to use the Law in daily living

               c. There was discernment in order to evaluate different lifestyles and

teachings in light of God’s teachings




     A. Discipline Keeps Us From The Way Of The Transgressor

NOTE: Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.         Proverbs 13:15

          1. Definition of transgressor: One who rejects God’s discipline

NOTE: Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.      II John 9

          2. Transgression is the opposite of the Law

NOTE: Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.  Romans 4:15

          3. Transgression leads to death

NOTE: But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.

But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord: he is their strength in the time of trouble.

Psalm 37:38-39

     A. Discipline Keeps Us From Error

NOTE: Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.    Proverbs 19:27

          1. Error of covetousness

NOTE: For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

I Timothy 6:10

          2. Discernment of truth and error

NOTE: We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.   I John 4:6

NOTE: Definition of error –

In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

II Timothy 2:25-26

          3. Anything that does not promote spiritual development

          4. Activities that do not promote spiritual development are called snares of the devil

NOTE: And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.     II Timothy 2:26






     A. Submission To Discipline Sets Us Alongside Christ

NOTE: Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Hebrews 12:2-3

NOTE: A synonym of discipline is chastisement (the negative side of discipline)

     B. We Endure Discipline (Chastisement) For The Purpose Of Being Educated By God

          1. The fruit of discipline is the peaceful fruit of righteousness

NOTE: Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.         Hebrews 12:11

          2. The product of discipline is peace and holiness

NOTE: Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord

Hebrews 12:14

NOTE: Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.      Leviticus 19:2

     C. We Now Have Come Full Circle

          1. Scripture is the source whereby we learn about proper discipline

          2. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them

II Timothy 3:13-14

          3. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

II Timothy 3:16-17

NOTE: … instruction in righteousness … furnished unto all good works

               a. Instruction in righteousness

                    1) Without righteous instruction there cannot be proper teaching

                    2) Without righteousness there cannot be a clear learning, understanding and functioning in truth

               b. Furnished unto all good works

                    1) Unless a soldier has all the necessary military equipment and support that soldier will not be able to properly fight each engagement

                    2) “Furnished” consists of being “accomplished” in life

NOTE: cf. An accomplished musician

                    3) All good works – the accomplished Christian is able to face any task

     D. God Is The Ultimate Authority Of All Discipline

          1. He gives His commandments

          2. He gives us Jesus and the Holy Spirit to guide us

               a. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

               b. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13

          3. He chastises (disciplines) those who break His commandments

          4. He rewards those who keep His commandments

          5. He leads His people to goals He sets as a result of His commandments








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