Time 500 to 475 B.C.
Malachiís message comes to the people in a time of
great spiritual decline. It is approximately eighty years
after the rebuilding of the Temple, and the promises of the
coming Messiah have not yet happened. As a result, the people
had become lax and had an increasingly casual attitude toward
God and worship. Malachi states that their sacrifices were
unacceptable to God, husbands were unfaithful, and the priests
had neglected Godís covenants.
unholy nation Chapter 1 v 1 to 14
faithless priesthood Chapter 2 v 1 to 10
treacherous people Chapter 2 v 11 to 16
nation of robbers Chapter 2 v 17 to 3 v 15
faithful remnant to be vindicated Chapter 3 v 16 to
4 v 6