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The Rulers and Prophets of Malachi's Time

Personality Profile: Malachi

1:1 Name means: “My messenger” or “My angel.”

Home: Probably Jerusalem.

Occupation: Prophet in postexilic Jerusalem, possibly during the time of Nehemiah (see Neh. 1:1), as he condemned many of the same sins mentioned by Nehemiah (Mal. 1:6–14; 2:14–16; 3:8–11; compare Neh. 13:7–31).

Best known today as: The last prophet in the Old Testament. Some 400 years of silence come between Malachi and the next messenger of the Lord, John the Baptist (Mal. 3:1; see Mark 1:6).

Word in life study Bible . 1997, c1996 (electronic ed.) (Mal 1.2). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.


Served as a prophet to Judah about 430 B.C. He was the last of the Old Testament prophet.

The Blueprint


2) THE SINFUL PEOPLE (2:10-3:15)

3) THE FAITHFUL FEW (3:16-4:6)

Malachi rebuked the people and the priests for neglecting the worship of God and failing to live according to his will. The priests were corrupt; how could they lead the people? They had become stumbling blocks instead of spiritual leaders. The men were divorcing their wives and marrying pagan women; how could they have godly children? Their relationship to God had become inconsequential. If our relationship with God is unimportant, we need to take stock of ourselves by setting aside our sinful habits, putting the Lord first, and giving God our best each day.

Old Testament Names for God

1. Elohim. "God," ie., His power and might. Ge 1:1; Ps 19:1

2. El-Elyon, "God Most High". Ge 14:17-20; Isa 14:13, 14

3. El- Olam, "The everlasting God". Isa 40:28-31

4. El-Roi, "The God who sees". Ge 16:13

5. El-Shaddai, "God Almighty". Ge 17:1; Ps 91:1

6. Adonai, "Lord Almighty," i.e., the Lordship of God. Mal 1:6

7. Jehovah (Yahweh), "The Lord God," i.e., God's eternal nature. Ge 2:4

8. Jehovah-jireh, "The Lord will Provide". Ge 22:13, 14

9. Jehovah-Maccaddeshem, "The Lord, who makes you holy". Ex 31:13

10. Jehovah-Nissi, "The Lord is my Banner". Ex 17:15

11. Jehovah-Rapha, "The Lord, who heals you". Ex 15:26

12. Jehovah-Rohi, "The Lord ... my shepherd". Ps 23:1

13. Jehovah-Sabaoth, "The Lord Almighty"/ Isa 6:1-3

14. Jehovah-Shalom, "The Lord is Peace". Jdg 6:24

15. Jehovah-Shammah, "The Lord is there". Eze 48:35

16. Jehovah-Tsidkenu, "The Lord Our Righteous Savior". Jer 23:6

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