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Study Notes

Week of June 16, 2024

The Italian Prophet; Mă lăʹ chĭ

Series Outline: 

  1. Malachi 1:1 ~ The Burden of the Word of the Lord

  2. Malachi 1:5 & 11 ~ God will be Glorified

  3. Malachi 1:7 & 12-13~ Defiled Worship

  4. Malachi 2:7 ~ Priests of God (that would be each of us!)

  5. Malachi 2:10 ~ Our Common God

  6. Malachi 2:14-15 ~ Faithfulness

  7. Malachi 3:1-3 ~ Here He Comes!

  8. Malachi 3:8 & 10 ~ Robbing God

  9. Malachi 3:16-18 ~ God’s Own

  10. Malachi 4:1 ~ A Reckoning

  11. Malachi 4:5-6 ~ Forewarned

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1.  Introduction ~ the final passage in Malachi calls us to prepare Mal 4:5-6 

2.  Context ~ the use of dialogue, question, & answer is now complete

     2.1.  the end of the age is reintroduced from Mal 3:1 

     2.2.  now the herald is explicitly identified as the prophet Elijah Mal 4:5-6 

     2.3.  “the day of Yahweh” is explicitly stated echoing Joel 2:11 

3.  Elijah ~ & who he is does not unravel easily, he shows up 1 Kings 17:1 

     3.1.  then he was caught up in a whirlwind of fire 2 Kings 2:11-12 

     3.2.  John the Baptist is identified w/Elijah Luke 1:16-17  Matt 17:10-13  

            3.2.1.  how could he also be Elijah? not thru reincarnation Heb 9:27 

     3.3.  we know that Elijah appeared w/Moses Luke 9:29-31 

            3.3.1.  some believe Elijah will be 1 of the witnesses in Rev 11:3 

4.  The Ministry ~ Elijah performs will try to move the Jews to faithfulness

     4.1.  then judgment will fall on the earth Zeph 1:14-17 

            4.1.1.  God’s desire is restoration Eze 36:26-27  Rom 3:26 

5.  Destruction ~ is possible but God’s desire is repentance Eze 18:30-32 

     5,1,  @ issue is their response to Him when he comes Mal 4:6 

6.  Interpretative Challenges ~ exist-starting w/2 comings John 14:3 

     6.1.  we also need to accept the vague nature of prophecy Rev 8:8-9 

            6.1.1.  the same events are described in Dan 12:1-2 

     6.2.  what’s more-keeping the Law does not save us Gal 3:23-25 

            6.2.1.  we are now @ the end of the age 1 Cor 10:11 

7.  Application ~ regarding the things to come: Matt 24:6-10 

     7.1.  how will we respond to these trials & tests? Luke 12:25-26 

            7.1.1.  Jesus tells us to trust Him… even beyond death John 14:1 

     7.2.  how do we respond in the face of a world gone crazy? Phil 4:6-7 

            7.2.1.  we CHOOSE to not be fearful 2 Cor 5:6-8 

 

For Contemplation:

Am I willing to suffer for Jesus is that’s His call on my life?

 

Homiletical Idea:

God has planned out the events leading up to the Day of the Lord.

 

For Prayer:

Father, grant me the willingness to faithfully persevere to the end.

Sermon Outline

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