Welcome to another one of the prophets whose name I associate with the wonderful beards of the Amish. Although actually now that I think about it, I believe it may have more to do with Stephen King and Children of the Corn than any religious community (okay Children of the Corn is about a religious community albeit of a slightly different outlook).
Malachi is another prophet and his style fits right along with the traditional Old Testament type. Malachi is the most recent of the Old Testament prophets. He probably spoke after the Temple had been rebuilt once the Jews had returned from exile. So new Temple, new start… but same old people.
This is my house
The main theme of Malachi is about being honest in worship. It is about the giving of the best to God. The people had been offering blemished animals for sacrifice when there were unblemished available. In other words the people were paying lip service by offering their least and worse to God.
However, like all good prophets Malachi can also look past the mess of today to see a better future. He uses the language of the Day of the Lord, to talk about when God will return to the Temple. And seeing as the next book in most bibles is Matthew in the New Testament, it makes you think once again about the significance of Jesus and the Temple. But that’s just a thought to leave you with. Next on my trip is Ezra, see you there.