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THE ORACLE OF THE WORD OF JEHOVAH
THROUGH MALACHI
(Malachi 1:1)
(Malachi means "My Messenger" or "Messenger of Jehovah")
Click for EXCELLENT TIMELINE - Go to Page 42

Mal 1:1-5

Mal 1:6-2:9

Mal 2:10-3:15

Mal 3:16-4:3

Mal 4:4-6

Love of God
for Israel
Rejected!

Sin of Priests:
Illicit Practices
Indifference

Sins of People:
Mixed Marriages
Divorces
Robbing God

Blessing to All
Who Fear Jehovah
God's Wrath on
the Wicked

Remember the Law
Promise of..
.
Elijah, Restore Hearts
Warning of...
Day of the Lord

PRIVILEGE
OF
ISRAEL
POLLUTION
OF
ISRAEL
PROMISE
TO
ISRAEL
PAST
CARE
PRESENT
COMPLAINT
FUTURE
COMING

(See also Mal 3:1-6)

GOD'S
COMPASSION
for Israel

GOD'S
COMPLAINT
Against Israel

GOD'S CONSOLATION to
Righteous Remnant
GOD'S CONDEMNATION of
Wicked

   

Mal 3:16

Book of
Remembrance

Mal 4:1

Coming
of Messiah

Mal 4:4

Coming
of Elijah

GOD'S
LOVE
SADLY
SPURNED!

GOD'S
GRACE
STILL
OFFERED!

PLACE:
JERUSALEM

TIME OF WRITING:
Difficult to Date but...
Circa 445-420BC

HISTORICAL CONTEXT: All dates are approximations

About 100 Years After the Jews had Returned to Jerusalem from 70 years Exile in Babylon (538BC)
About 80 years after the Temple was rebuilt (516BC)
About 10 years after Nehemiah had finished rebuilding the walls around Jerusalem (445BC)

 

Malachi marks the beginning of God's 400 years of silence broken by John's cry "Behold, the Lamb of God" Jn 1:29 (Mal 3:1)

MALACHI OVERVIEW (John MacArthur) - Malachi Intro, Date, Setting, Themes, Interpretative Challenges, Outline - from John MacArthur

TIMELINES RELATED TO MALACHI - Excellent timeline (goto page 42); The Rulers & Prophets of Malachi Timeline (goto page 26 in Pdf); Israel's Division and Captivity (goto page 25 in Pdf); Timeline Related to Rebuilding of Temple; Timeline Related to Return to the Land; Possible Date for Malachi

About 100 years had passed since the return of the Jews to the Land. The city of Jerusalem and the second Temple had been built, but initial enthusiasm had worn off. Following a period of revival under Nehemiah (Neh 10:28-39), the people and priests had backslidden (see Backsliding or Drifting) and become mechanical in their observance of the law. Though lax in their worship (Mal 1:7) and delinquent in their tithing (Mal 3:8), they could not understand why God was dissatisfied with them. Malachi rebuked the people for their neglect of the true worship of the Lord and called them to repentance (Mal 3:7). Malachi used a question-and-answer method, there being no fewer than 23 questions in the book. Mal 1:2 gives us the pattern - (1) God's declaration "I have love you"; (2) Israel's rejection - here in form of a question "How hast Thou loved us?" and (3) Justification for God's declaration "Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the LORD. “Yet I have loved Jacob."

KEY WORDS/PHRASES - "But/yet you say" (8 rhetorical questions to the audience - Israel/Judah) (Mal 1:2, 6, 7, 2:14, 2:17, 3:7, 3:8, 13); Return (repent) (Mal 3:7 = 3x); Messenger (Mal 2:7, 3:1); Curse (Mal 1:14, 2:2, 3:9, 4:6); Blessing/blessed (Mal 2:2, 3:10, 3:12, 3:15). Test (Mal 3:10, 15). Day of the Lord ("the day") - Mal 3:2, 17, Mal 4:1, 3, 5. My Name (Mal 1:6, 11, 14, Mal 2:2, 5, Mal 4:2, contrast especially Mal 1:6 and Mal 4:2!) LORD of hosts - 24x

KEY/FAVORITE PASSAGES: "I have loved you" (Mal 1:2) Prophecy of 3 comings: (1) John the Baptist (Mal 3:1 (2)  Messiah (Mal 3:1 = First Coming; Second Coming = Mal 3:2 and Mal 4:2= "Sun of righteousness") (3) Elijah (Mal 4:5); "I the LORD do not change" (Immutable) (Mal 3:6); "I hate divorce" (Mal 2:16), "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse..." (Mal 3:10) "I have loved Jacob, but I have hated Esau." (Mal 1:2,3).

Outline of Malachi - David Levy
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I. A People Divinely Loved (Malachi 1:1–5)

A. Love Declared (Malachi 1:1, 2)
B. Love Debated (Malachi 1:2)
C. Love Demonstrated (Malachi 1:3, 4)
D. Love Diffused (Malachi 1:5)

II. Priests Dishonoring the Lord (Malachi 1:6–14)

A. God’s Sacredness Defamed (Malachi 1:6)
B. God’s Sanctuary Desecrated (Malachi 1:7)
C. God’s Sacrifice Defective (Malachi 1:8, 9)
D. God’s Servants Demeaning (Malachi 1:10, 11, 12)
E. Godless Service Denounced (Malachi 1:13,14)

III. Priests Disciplined by the Lord (Malachi 2:1–9)

A. The Priests Cursed (Malachi 2:1, 2, 3)
B. The Priests’ Covenant (Malachi 2:4, 5, 6, 7)
C. The Priests’ Corruption (Malachi 2:8)
D. The Priests Condemned (Malachi 2:9)

IV. People Defiling the Law (Malachi 2:10–17)

A. Mixed Marriage Laws Violated (Malachi 2:10, 11, 12)
B. Marriage Laws Violated (Malachi 2:13, 14, 15, 16)
C. Man’s Loyalty a Veneer (Malachi 2:17)

V. Purification Delivered by the Lord (Malachi 3:1–6)

A. Messenger’s Preparation (Malachi 3:1)
B. Messiah’s Presentation (Malachi 3:1)
C. Messiah’s Purging (Malachi 3:2, 3, 4)
D. Messiah’s Punishment (Malachi 3:5, 6)
E. Messiah’s Preservation. (Malachi 3:6)

VI. People Defrauding the Lord (Malachi 3:7–18)

A. Return to God Required (Malachi 3:7)
B. Robbing God Revealed (Malachi 3:8, 9)
C. Reproach of Godless Removed (Malachi 3:10, 11, 12)
D. Rhetoric of Godless Reproved (Malachi 3:13, 14, 15)
E. Righteous of God Remembered (Malachi 3:16, 17, 18)

VIII. Predicted Day of the Lord (Malachi 4:1–6)

A. Eliminating the Wicked (Malachi 4:1)
B. Exalting the Worthy (Malachi 4:2, 3)
C. Exhorting the Worthy (Malachi 4:4)
D. Elijah’s Work (Malachi 4:5, 6)

David M Levy- Malachi Messenger of Rebuke and Renewal: Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry - 1992 OR
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Irving Jensen: "The main subjects of Malachi’s message were the love of God, the sin of the priests and people, judgment for sin, and blessing for righteousness. One cannot help but observe that the Gospel of God has been the same message for sinners of all generations....The most notable feature of this book is its repeated pattern of discourse. Three steps are involved: Affirmation (charge or accusation): “You are robbing Me” (Mal 3:8). Interrogation (introduced by “you say”): “But you say, ‘How have we robbed Thee?’ ” (Mal 3:8). Refutation (answer to the question): “In tithes and contributions” (Mal 3:8). The common repeated phrase in these discourses is “you say.” It appears eight times: Mal 1:2, 6, 7; 2:14, 17; 3:7, 8, 13. Another feature of Malachi’s message is his strong emphasis on the Law of God (read Mal 4:4). Also, the book surpasses all other prophetic books in the proportion of verses spoken by the Lord to Israel (forty-seven out of the total of fifty-five)." (Jensen's Survey of the Old Testament)

Ray Stedman on the Theme of Malachi: "It is most suggestive that this last book of our Old Testament centers around the theme of a messenger of God and a prediction of the coming of another messenger. In this, therefore, we have a direct tie between Malachi and the New Testament. (Mal 3:1)  "Behold, I send my messenger [in Hebrew that would be "Behold, I send Malachi"] to prepare the way before me" {Mal 3:1a} And as you discover in the book of Matthew, that messenger was John the Baptist. He came to prepare the way of the Lord and to announce the coming of the second messenger from God. That second messenger is here in this prophecy in the next phrase: "and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; the Messenger of the covenant" {Mal 3:1} It was the work of the Lord Jesus on the closing night of his ministry to take wine and bread with his disciples and holding the cup up to say, "This is my blood of the [new] covenant." (Mt 26:28) The messenger of the covenant is the Lord Jesus himself...This entire book is a series of responses on the part of the people to the challenges of God. Seven times you will find them saying, "How? How does this happen? Prove it." As we go through them you can see how they reveal the state of this people's heart. Here is an outgoing God -- and God is always this way, pouring out love -- but here is a callous people who have become so indifferent and so unresponsive to God that in perfect sincerity they can say, "We don't see this. What do you mean? Why do you say these things to us?" Throughout the book, this is the theme.

John Piper summarizes Malachi - The Israelites had returned from the Babylonian exile. Jerusalem had been rebuilt, and the temple restored. But the people had not learned their lesson from the exile. They had grown skeptical of God's love (Mal 1:2), careless in worship (Mal 1:7), indifferent to the truth (Mal 2:6, 7), disobedient to the covenant (Mal 2:10), faithless in their marriages (Mal 2:15; 3:5), and stingy in their offerings (Mal 3:8). To this carnal and rebellious people God sent his messenger (Malachi means "my messenger"), and the first message he put on his lips was, "I have loved you, says the Lord!"...

The great temptation for Israel in the Old Testament and for the church of Christ today is to forget that we are pilgrims not natives in this world.

The temptation is to let the Lord's delay make us settle into the world and become passive as we wait; to forget that we are aliens and exiles, sojourners, strangers on the earth, seeking another homeland, desiring and yearning for a better country (Heb. 11:13-16).

J Sidlow Baxter's Outline of Malachi...

I. God’s Compassion for Israel, Malachi 1:1-5

A. His Compassion Declared, Malachi 1:1-2a
B. His Compassion Doubted, Malachi 1:2b
C. His Compassion Demonstrated, 1:3-5

II. God’s Complaint Against Israel, Malachi 1:6-3:15

A. Cheating, Malachi 1:6-14
B. Unfaithfulness, Malachi 2:1-9
C. Spiritually Mixed Marriages, Malachi 2:10-12
D. Divorce, 2:13-16
E. Impiety and Impertinence, 2:17
F. Parenthesis: The Coming of John the Baptist, Malachi 3:1-6
G. Robbery, Malachi 3:7-12
H. Arrogance, Malachi 3:13-15

III. God’s Condemnation of the People, Malachi 3:16-4:6

A. The Ungodly People, Malachi 3:16-18
B. The Nature of God’s Judgment, Malachi 4:1-6
 

The Meaning and Message of the Book: And now, what is the special purpose, the central message, the key thought, of the book? We need not make any close analysis to find this. If we mentally place ourselves in the ring of Malachi's first audience, and read through the book at speaking pace, letting it speak to us as though it were the living voice of the prophet himself ringing in our ears, we simply cannot miss seeing that from beginning to end this little book is AN APPEAL - a powerful, passionate, pleading appeal - an appeal to repent of sin and to return to God - an appeal accompanied by rich promise if the people respond, and by stern warning if they refuse. Read the little book through again, and get into the eager, urgent flow of the prophet's thoughts and words, and see if this is not so "If I be a Father, where is mine honour? and if he a Master, where is my fear?" (Mal 1:6); "I pray you, beseech God that He will be gracious unto us" (Mal 1:9); "Have we not all one Father? hath not one God created us? Why then do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?" (Mal 2:10); "Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from Mine ordinances, and have not kept them. RETURN UNTO ME, AND I WILL RETURN UNTO YOU, SAITH Jehovah OF HOSTS" (Mal 3:7); "BRING YE ALL THE TITHES INTO THE STOREHOUSE ...AND PROVE ME NOW HEREWITH, SAITH Jehovah OF HOSTS" (3:10); "REMEMBER (GIVE HEED AGAIN TO) THE LAW OF MOSES ...WHICH I COMMANDED" (Mal 4:4).

 

Now we need not try to analyze this little book into five or six or seven parts which burden the mind to remember. The simple fact to note is that this APPEAL of Malachi quite naturally falls into TWO PARTS. In chapters 1 and 2 the appeal is made in view of the present sin of the nation. In chapters 3 and 4 it is in view of the coming "Day of Jehovah."

 

THE BOOK OF MALACHI

"BEHOLD, HE SHALL COME ...BUT"

 

APPEAL (A) - IN VIEW OF THE PRESENT SIN (Malachi 1:1-2).
JEHOVAH THE SPEAKER: the priests are appealed to (Malachi 1:6-2:9).
MALACHI THE SPEAKER: the people are appealed to (Malachi 2:10-17).


APPEAL (B) - IN VIEW OF THE COMING "DAY" (Malachi 3:3-4).
THE DAY WILL JUDGE THE GUILTY (Malachi 3:1-6)
therefore appeal (Malachi 3:7-12).


THE DAY WILL BLESS THE GODLY (Malachi 3:13-4:3)
therefore appeal (Malachi 4:4-6).

Explore the Book by J. Sidlow Baxter

Disciple's Study Bible: "The Book of Malachi is a reminder of how God's people allowed the worldly thinking of their day instead of their reverence for God to determine their behavior. It does matter if the people of God do not truly fear God (Ed: Reverential awe) and magnify His name. God despises those who do not honor Him with the best sacrifice, who refuse to tithe, who divorce and marry unbelievers, who question His love and justice, and who wonder if it is worth it to fear God and serve Him. God has a book of remembrance; He knows those who honor His name and will make them His own and pour out His love on them...The Book of Malachi challenges the people of God to take a fresh look at the way they are thinking about God and at the underlying motives behind their religious activity by emphasizing four doctrines: (1) God is a great King Who loves His people and deserves their respect and honor. (2) The people of God demonstrate true reverence for God in worship and in marriage relationships. (3) Spiritual leaders have a responsibility to instruct the people of God in God's ways. (4) God will one day send the "Messenger of the covenant'' (Messiah) (Mal 3:1 - Ed: First "messenger" = John the Baptist) to judge those who do not honor Him and bless those who magnify His name....The Book of Malachi touches on issues which are significant to our own situation in the church today. Malachi asks us: (1) to take a careful look at our concept of God and evaluate if we truly reverence Him as King in our lives; (2) to honor God with the best that we have to give in worship and in giving our tithes; (3) to confess where we have failed to magnify His name and return to Him in humility" (Disciple's Study Bible)

OVERVIEW of MALACHI from William Orr (Keys to Malachi)
1. STATISTICS
: Writer, Malachi (name means "My Messenger") was a contemporary of Nehemiah; he prophesied against the same abuses Nehemiah described. Time, 435-425 B.C.; key word, a curse; key thought, the love of GOD in spite of the sins of His people; key verses, Mal 3:16, 17. Though linked with Haggai and Zechariah as a post-exilic prophet, he ministered about 100 years later.

2. THEME: Malachi's prophecy was interwoven with Nehemiah's history. Both labored to rebuild moral life of the people as well as the walls of Jerusalem. When Nehemiah returned to Babylon for a period of time Malachi ministered to the people concerning their sins and moral abuses. He looked beyond to the coming day of the LORD. The last word in the Old Testament is "curse." It remains for the New Testament to bring blessing.

3. OUTSTANDING TEACHINGS: Malachi predicts the coming of Elijah (Mal 4:5), partially fulfilled in John the Baptist (Mt 11:14). Since he did not usher in the "great and dreadful day of the LORD" at that time the prediction has a second fulfillment in the future. Possibly, he may be one of the two witnesses in Revelation 11:3-note. (Who are the Two Witnesses?) The matter of withholding tithes and offerings is treated as robbery (Mal 3:8-15). The Mosaic Law pronounced the tithe as "belonging" to the LORD. Here the people were selfishly using it for other things. The essential message of Malachi is an epitome of the entire Old Testament. GOD rebukes corruption and promises deliverance and blessing on obedience. The viewpoint is that of the authority of the present law, but also of the riches of grace which GOD has in store for the age of blessing.

4. KEY TO UNDERSTANDING: Take a broad look at Malachi. It is the same old story of sin and unrighteousness. Mankind has not changed in all these years. But turn around and look the other way. There is coming a day of light when the Sun of Righteousness will arise. Thank GOD there is also a New Testament! (Amen!)

Christ in All the Scriptures
Hodgkin, A. M. 

Malachi “the Messenger of the Lord” —wished to be known by this name only. Like the Forerunner, of whom he prophesies, he was but a voice. Speaking of Levi, as an example of the true priesthood, he says “He is the messenger of the Lord of Hosts” (Malachi 2:7). He speaks of John the Baptist as God’s “messenger,” and of our Lord Himself as “the Messenger of the Covenant” (Malachi 3:1).

And what is the “burden” of the Lord’s message by Malachi? “I have loved you, saith the Lord.” What a message to a people who were disappointing God’s love!

Malachi bears the same relation to Nehemiah that Haggai and Zechariah bear to Zerubbabel. He lived either at the time of Nehemiah or directly after, for he rebukes the very same sins among the people that Nehemiah dealt with on his second visit to Jerusalem:—

 

(1) The corruption of the priesthood (Nehemiah 13:29; Malachi 2:8).

 

(2) The alliance with idolatrous wives (Nehemiah 13:23–27; Malachi 2:10–16).

 

(3) The neglect of the tithe (Nehemiah 13:10–12; Malachi 3:10). Eliashib the priest was allied unto Tobiah the Ammonite, and had allowed him the use of a great chamber in the courts of the House of God. Eliashib’s grandson also had married a daughter of Sanballat, the Horonite (Nehemiah 13:1–9).

“WHEREIN?”

Malachi’s message is to the priests who ought to have been the leaders in righteousness, and also to the people who followed their lead in neglecting and dishonoring God. His book is marked by its straightforward, plain words of rebuke, by which he brings home their sins to a self-satisfied people, who had a form of godliness, but were denying the power thereof. Every rebuke of the prophet was disputed by the people with the question “Wherein?” or “What?”

(1) Malachi 1:2KJV: “Wherein hast Thou loved us?”
(2) Malachi 1:6KJV: “Wherein have we despised Thy name?”
(3) Malachi 1:7KJV: “Wherein have we polluted Thee?”
(4) Malachi 2:17KJV: “Wherein have we wearied Him?”
(5) Malachi 3:7KJV: “Wherein shall we return?”
(6) Malachi 3:8KJV: “Wherein have we robbed Thee?”
(7) Malachi 3:13KJV: “What have we spoken so much against Thee?”
(8) Malachi 3:14KJV: “What profit is it that we have kept His ordinance?”
(9) Malachi 2:14KJV: “For what?” or “Wherefore?” (refers to what Malachi had said in Mal 2:13)

Malachi describes the coming of Christ to His Temple. He came as a little babe to the expectant gaze of Simeon and Anna. He came to overturn the tables of the money-changers. He comes to the temple of our hearts. His coming is as purifying fire (Mal 3:2). With the patience of the Refiner of silver He sits till He sees His own image reflected in the molten metal. And when He takes up His abode in our hearts He is a “swift Witness there against sin.” (Mal 3:5) Our Lord calls Himself “the faithful and true Witness.” (Rev 3:14-note, cf Rev 19:11-note)

“The Whole Tithe.”

This book contains the secret of spiritual blessing. “Bring ye the whole tithe into My store house.” (Mal 3:10) The tithe was the outward recognition that everything belonged to God. We are to bring Him our whole selves, body, soul and spirit, all that we have and all that we are, all that we know about in our lives and all that we do not know about yet (cp Ro 12:1-note). If we thus honestly keep nothing back from Him we may be certain that He will accept us (Ed: Note however that our "bringing" does not earn His acceptance for by grace through faith we are accepted in the Beloved - Eph 1:6KJV) and will open the windows of heaven, and pour us out such a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it, but it shall flow out to all around.

“All nations shall call you blessed, for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of Hosts.” (Mal 3:12KJV)

Amidst all the hypocrisy and formalism there was a little remnant who feared the Lord. His ear was bent down to hear them as they spoke together of Him. He promised that they should be His own special treasure in the coming Day of the Lord. That Day should be as an oven and consume the wicked as stubble, but it should arise upon this faithful remnant as “The Sun of Righteousness with healing in His wings.”

The Old Testament closes with the word “curse.” (Mal 4:6) But it is expressive of the great desire of God’s love to avert it, for He says “Lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”

The New Testament closes with blessing.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
(Rev 22:21)

A silence of 400 years lay between the voice of Malachi and the voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.”

“But there is a remarkable link between the two Testaments: the last figures on the inspired page of Malachi, and the first on the inspired page of Matthew, are the Angel of the Covenant and His Forerunner” (Dr. A T Pierson).

Malachi
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Mal 1:1
Mal 1:2
Mal 1:3
Mal 1:4
Mal 1:5
Mal 1:6
Mal 1:7
Mal 1:8
Mal 1:9
Mal 1:10
Mal 1:11
Mal 1:12
Mal 1:13
Mal 1:14

Mal 2:1
Mal 2:2
Mal 2:3
Mal 2:4
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Mal 2:9
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Mal 2:15
Mal 2:16
Mal 2:17
Mal 3:1
Mal 3:2
Mal 3:3
Mal 3:4
Mal 3:5
Mal 3:6
Mal 3:7
Mal 3:8
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Mal 3:10
Mal 3:11
Mal 3:12
Mal 3:13
Mal 3:14
Mal 3:15
Mal 3:16
Mal 3:17
Mal 3:18
Mal 4:1
Mal 4:2
Mal 4:3
Mal 4:4
Mal 4:5
Mal 4:6

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Malachi 1:1-5 Experiencing God's Love
Malachi 1:6-14 Giving God Your Best
Malachi 2:1-9 Leading Others Upward

Malachi 2:10-16 Making a Marathon Marriage
Malachi 2:17-3:5 Living in Light of the Future
Malachi 3:6 Coping with Change
Malachi 3:10 Finding Worth in Your Work
Malachi 3:10 Giving With Grace
Malachi 3:6-12 Proving God's Faithfulness

Malachi 3:13-18 Serving to the End
Malachi 4:1-6 Waiting on God's Promises

Vincent Cheung
Commentary on Malachi
(
see caveat below)

Commentary on Malachi

Adam Clarke
Commentary on Malachi
critique

Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

Steven Cole
Sermons on Malachi
Flagstaff Christian Fellowship
Pdf Documents - Highly Recommended
Almost 120 Pages which functions much like a commentary

Malachi 1:1-5 God Loves Us
Malachi 1:6-14 Serving God the Leftovers
Malachi 2:1-9 Requirements for Spiritual Leadership
Malachi 2:10-12 "But I Love Him" - God's Will for Whom You Marry
Malachi 2:13-16 How to Avoid Divorce (Part 1)
Malachi 2:13-16 How to Avoid Divorce (Part 2)
Malachi 2 & 3:17, 1-6 What to Do When Evil Prevails
Malachi 3:7-12 Robbing God
Malachi 3:10-12 God's Dare
Malachi 3:13-18 Why Serve God?
Malachi 4:1-3 The Coming Day
Malachi 4:4-6 Reconciled Families

Thomas Constable
Expository Notes
Malachi

HINT: Click here to Scroll Bible text synchronized with Constable's notes. Very useful feature!

Malachi 1 Commentary

Malachi 2 Commentary

Malachi 3 Commentary

Malachi 4 Commentary

W A Criswell
Sermon Notes
Malachi

Malachi 3:10 Practicing the Promises of God - 1
Malachi 3:10 Practicing the Promises of God - 2
Malachi 3:10 Practicing the Promises of God - 3

Marcus Dods
Malachi - Introduction and Notes
1879

Malachi Introduction
Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

Steve Felker
Sermon Notes
Malachi

Malachi 1, 2, 3 Christian Complainers!
Malachi 1:1-14 Giving God the Leftovers
Malachi 2:1-9 When Spiritual Leaders Fail
Malachi 2:10-16:How to Have a Lasting Marriage

Malachi 3:1-12 Who Can Endure His Coming?
Malachi 3:13-4:6 A Glorious Destiny

Charles Ellicott
Malachi
Old Testament Commentary for English Readers

Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

Easy English
Interesting translation on Malachi

Commentary on the Book of Malachi
Easy English Translation of the Book of Malachi
Malachi: The Problem of Indifference - Their Problem and Ours

Expositor's Bible Commentary
Malachi

Malachi 1

Malachi 2

Malachi 3

Malachi 4

Arnold Fruchtenbaum
Israelology - Commentary on Israel
Note: This resource is listed because it has numerous
commentary notes that relate to the OT Prophetic Books

Israelology: Part 1 of 6  Introduction: Definition of Terms
Israelology: Part 2 of 6  Israel Present (Note: Article begins on Page 2)
Israelology: Part 3 of 6  Israel Present (Continued)
Israelology: Part 4 of 6 - Israel Future (Part One) 
Israelology: Part 5 of 6 - Israel Future (Part Two)

The Basis for the Messianic Kingdom, New Covenant: Israel's Regeneration, Land Covenant: Israel's Regathering; Abrahamic Covenant: Possessing the Land; Davidic Covenant: Re-Establishing David's Throne; Other Characteristics of Israel's Final Restoration

Israelology: Part 6 of 6 Other Relevant Topics - Illustrations of Israel (including marriage)

A C Gaebelein
The Annotated Bible
Conservative, Literal Interpretation
Recommended

Introduction
Malachi 1:1-5 Jehovah's Love for His People
Malachi 1:6-2:9 The Rebuke of the Priests
Malachi 2:10-16 The Rebuke of the Social Conditions
Malachi 3:1-6 The Announcement of the Messenger and the Day of the Lord
Malachi 3:7-15 Rebuke for Defrauding the Lord
Malachi 3:16-4:6 The Remnant and the Concluding Prophecy

John Gill
Commentary on Malachi
Be cautious (Acts 17:11-note): Does not always interpret the Scripture literally
and sometimes replaces
Israel with the Church (note)

Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

Joe Guglielmo
Notes on Malachi
Conservative, Literal Interpretation

Malachi 1-2
Malachi 3-4
Malachi 2:14-17 A Godly Marriage?
Malachi 3:4-5 Lord, Light the Fire!

David Guzik
Commentary on Malachi
Conservative, Literal Interpretation

Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

Richard Hawker
Commentary on Malachi

Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

Ebenezer Henderson
Commentary on Malachi
from "The Book of the Twelve Minor Prophets"
(originally published 1845)
General Preface

James Rosscup writes "This 1858 work supplies much help on matters of the text, word meaning, resolving some problems, etc. Some have found it one of the most contributive sources in getting at what a text means." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

Introduction
Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

Matthew Henry
Commentary on Malachi
Be cautious (Acts 17:11-note): Does not always interpret the Scripture literally
and sometimes replaces
Israel with the Church (note)
(Click example of his interpretative approach which is often allegorical) (Or another example)

Introduction
Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

F B Hole
Commentary on Malachi

Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

David Holwick
Sermons on Malachi
Click Here. Select OT. Select Malachi for sermons below

Malachi 1,2,3 "Giving Up On God"  
Malachi 1:6-11 How To Honor God
Malachi 2:10-16 Don't Break Faith
Malachi 3:8-12 Don't Rip Off God
Malachi 3:13-18 Is It Futile To Serve God?

Homiletical Commentary
Malachi
Multiple Contributors (Spurgeon, Luther, Gurnall, Trapp, etc) Homilies, Illustrations
Interesting Resource but Be a Berean - Not Always Literal
Introduction

Malachi 1 Critical Notes
Malachi 1:2-5 Special Favors Demand Special Returns
Malachi 1:3-5 Lessons from the Ruin of Edom
Malachi 1:4 Building Up Without God
Malachi 1:6 Titles Without Honors
Malachi 1:6-10 The Sins of the Priests
Malachi 1:7, 8 True Spiritual Service
Malachi 1:11 The Great Name Honored
Malachi 1:12, 13 Man's Estimate of God's Worship
Malachi 1:12-14 God's Majesty A Notice for True Service
Malachi 1 Illustrations to Chapter 1

 

Malachi 2 Critical Notes
Malachi 2:1-5 Priestly Blessings Turned into a Curse
Malachi 2:2, 3 Failure in Official Duties
Malachi 2:6,7 The True Minister
Malachi 2:8, 9 The False Minister
Malachi 2:10-12 Unlawful Marriages
Malachi 2:10 A Common Fatherhood
Malachi 2:11 Unholy Marriages
Malachi 2:13-16 Unlawful Divorce
Malachi 2:17 Practical Infidelity

Malachi 2 Illustrations to Chapter 2

 

Malachi 3 Critical Notes
Malachi 3:1-5 The Coming of the Lord
Malachi 3:1 The Messenger of the Covenant
Malachi 3:2, 3 The Refiner and the Crucible
Malachi 3:6 The Unchanging God
Malachi 3:7-12 Divine Blessings Suspended
Malachi 3:8 Robbing God
Malachi 3:13-15 Hard Sayings Against God
Malachi 3:16-18 Divine Recognition of Christian Fellowship
Malachi 3 Illustrations to Chapter 3

 

Malachi 4 Critical Notes

Malachi 4:1-5 The Approach of the Judgment Day
Malachi 4:2 The Sun of Righteousness
Malachi 4:4 Remembering the Law
Malachi 4:5,6 Elijah's Ministry A Type of the Christian Ministry
Malachi 4 Illustrations to Chapter 4

H A Ironside
Commentary
Malachi

Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

Jamieson, Fausset, Brown
Commentary Critical and Explanatory
on the Whole Bible
 

Note: JFB is one of the more literal, conservative older commentaries (prior to 1900). Sample excerpt of eschatological (prophetic, apocalyptic) passage Zechariah 14:2 - "gather all nations, etc. — The prophecy seems literal (compare Joel 3:2). If Antichrist be the leader of the nations, it seems inconsistent with the statement that he will at this time be sitting in the temple as God at Jerusalem (2Thessalonians 2:4); thus Antichrist outside would be made to besiege Antichrist within the city. But difficulties do not set aside revelations: the event will clear up seeming difficulties (Ed: Interesting statement!). Compare the complicated movements, Daniel 11:1-45." Comment on Zech 14:11 - "no more utter destruction — (Jer 31:40). Literally, “no more curse” (Rev 22:3; compare Malachi 4:6), for there will be no more sin. Temporal blessings and spiritual prosperity shall go together in the millennium: long life (Isaiah 65:20-22), peace (Isaiah 2:4), honor (Isaiah 60:14-16), righteous government (Isaiah 54:14; Isaiah 60:18). (Zechariah 14 - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible)

Introduction
Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

S Lewis Johnson
Sermon/Commentary Notes on Malachi
Mp3, Pdf, MS Word, HTML
Conservative, Literal Interpretation

Malachi 1:2, 6, 7 The Last of the Prophets
Malachi 1:1-5 The Enigma of the Divine Hatred

Malachi 1:6-14 The Worship that Enrages God

Malachi 2:1-9 God and the Ministry

Malachi 2:10-17 The Lord God on the Subject of Divorce

Malachi 2:17-3:6 The Coming Judge

Malachi 3:7-12 Shall We Tithe?

Malachi 3:13-4:6 The Day of the Lord

Keil and Delitzsch
Commentary on Malachi
See caveat regarding this commentary

Rosscup - This is the best older, overall treatment of a critical nature on the Old Testament Hebrew text verse by verse and is a good standard work to buy. The student can buy parts or the whole of this series. Sometimes it is evangelical, at other times liberal ideas enter...In prophecy it is amillennial. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works).

Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

David Legge
Sermons, Illustrations, Outlines on Malachi

Malachi 1:1-5 Malachi's Message On Love
Malachi 1:6-14 Malachi's Message On Service
Malachi 2:1-9 Malachi's Message On Discipline
Malachi 2:10-16 Malachi's Message On Marriage
Malachi 2:17-3:6 Malachi's Message On Messiah
Malachi 3:7-12 Malachi's Message On Stewardship
Malachi 3:13-18 Malachi's Message On Faithfulness
Malachi 4 Malachi's Message On The Future

Sermons Logos.com
Sermons, Illustrations, Outlines on Malachi

Malachi 1
Malachi 2
Malachi 3
Malachi 4

S Franklin Logsdon
Commentary on Malachi
"Will A Man Rob God?"
(Hint: May have to hit the F5 or refresh key for page to show)

Malachi 1:1-5  The LORD God's Love Questioned
Malachi 1:6  The LORD God's Name Disesteemed
Malachi 1:7  The LORD God's Worship Corrupted
Malachi 3:7 The LORD God's Entreaty Refused
Malachi 3:8 The LORD God's Treasury Robbed
Malachi 3:13 The LORD God's Sovereignty Denied

Malachi 3:6 (et al) The Three Tenses of the LORD's Sovereignty
Malachi 3:1-3, 4:2-5 Messiah's Coming Ignored

W H Lowe
Commentary on Malachi

Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

Alexander Maclaren
Sermons
Who is Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910)?

Malachi 1:6-7: A Dialogue With God 1
Malachi 1:8: Blemished Offerings
Malachi 2:12, 14: A Dialogue With God 2
Malachi 3:1-12: The Last Word of Prophecy
Malachi 3:6: The Unchanging Lord
Malachi 3:7: A Dialogue With God 3
Malachi 3:13-18, 4:1-6:‘Stout Words: And Their Confutation
Malachi 4:6: The Last Words of the Old and New Testaments

J Vernon McGee
Thru the Bible
Commentaries on Malachi

Mp3 Audio
Click to listen or
Right click and select "Save Target as"
Literal, futuristic interpretation
Recommended
Complete Commentary of Malachi on one zip file
Malachi - Introductory Notes, Outlines - Pdf

Malachi - Introduction
Malachi - Malachi's Message

Malachi 1:1 Commentary

Malachi 1:2-3 Commentary

Malachi 1:4-7 Commentary

Malachi 1:8 Commentary

Malachi 1:9-13 Commentary

Malachi 1:13-14 Commentary

Malachi 2 Introduction

Malachi 2:1-3 Commentary

Malachi 2:4-6 Commentary

Malachi 2:7-9 Commentary

Malachi 2:10 Commentary

Malachi 2:11-14 Commentary

Malachi 2:15 Commentary

Malachi 2:15-16 Commentary
Malachi - The Best Love

Malachi 2:17 Commentary

Malachi 3:1-3 Commentary

Malachi 3:4-6 Commentary

Malachi 3:7 Commentary

Malachi 3:8 Commentary

Malachi 3:9 Commentary

Malachi 3:10 Commentary

Malachi 3:11-12 Commentary

Malachi 3:13-14 Commentary

Malachi 3:15-18 Commentary

Malachi 4:1-5 Commentary

Malachi 4:6 Commentary

Eugene Merrill
Exegetical Commentary on Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
Conservative, Literal, Futuristic Interpretation
Excellent-Recommended

Rosscup: Here is an evangelical commentary well-done in 493 pp. Introductions gather much that is most pertinent for expositors. In Hag 2:7, “precious things” are Gentiles’ tributes (Isa. 60:5; 61:6) in the future kingdom. Merrill sees Zech. 14 as related to Christ’s Second Advent and the coming of the Messianic Kingdom, in premillennial fashion. Fairly full exegetical detail meets readers verse by verse, yet Merrill’s comments are readable for others than scholars, except the technical notes in special sections will be more for the latter. Problem passages usually draw careful remarks, as in seeing Zech 12:10 as referring to the Lord, and in a future day. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

Preface to Haggai Zechariah Malachi
Malachi Commentary - >70 page exegetical commentary with extensive bibliography (>200 resources referenced!)

F B Meyer
Our Daily Homily
Devotional Commentaries

Malachi 1:8 Devotional Commentary
Malachi 2:6 Devotional Commentary
Malachi 3:3 Devotional Commentary
Malachi 4:2 Devotional Commentary

 

Malachi 1 Through the Bible' Commentary
Malachi 2 Through the Bible' Commentary
Malachi 3 Through the Bible' Commentary
Malachi 4 Through the Bible' Commentary

Miscellaneous Resources
Commentaries, Sermons, Devotionals

Enter Query below to search articles in more than 30 conservative Theological Journals - An annual $50 fee (click here) is required to view the entire article but will give you access to literally thousands of conservative articles. Search by book You can also search by chapter like: John 1 or Gen. 2 You can also search by simple or complex references like: James 1:2 or Hebrews 1:1-3,6; 5:4

Here are examples of articles one can retrieve from the online conservative theological journals

A Commentary On The Book Of Malachi by Richard V. Clearwaters

Wakening A Sleeping Metaphor- A New Interpretation Of Malachi 1:11 --Åke Viberg

Discovering the Macrostructure of the Book of Malachi- Mal. 1:1–12 as a Test Case -- Rand Michael Muender

Malachi 1:11 And The Worship Of The Nations In The Old Testament -- J. G. Baldwin

Divorce And Violence- Synonymous Parallelism In Malachi 2:16 -- Elaine A. Heath

Is The Messiah Announced In Malachi 3:1- Andrew S. Malone

Will There Be Another Elijah- Carl Armerding

A Thematic Development Of The Haggai-Zechariah-Malachi Corpus -- Ronald W. Pierce

Art Related to Malachi - 10 thumbs on Bible.org
Art Related to Malachi - in Google search of "Malachi Bible"
Art Related to Malachi

Defender's Study Bible Excellent, conservative, literal study Bible notes from a leading creationist commentator, Dr Henry Morris. In the box labeled "All these words" type in the name of the book and the chapter number and click "Advance Search." Scroll down to see Dr Morris' notes. 

Henry Morris

Holman Christian Standard Bible - Study Notes Enter Scripture. The HCSB Study Bible notes are well done and can be accessed in the right panel entitled "STUDY BIBLE NOTES TOOL". Select "Study Bible Notes". To read all the notes on a given chapter click "READ" tab. Very nice!

Holman Publishing
Malachi, theology of Baker Evangelical Dictionary
The Prophets and the Promise - 433 Page Book W J Beecher
Elijah, Election, and the Use of Malachi in the NT Craig Bloomberg

The Commanding Importance of the Prophetic Scriptures
The Minor Prophets - not online but listed because it is recommended

Charles Feinberg
Malachi 3:2 - Fuller's Soap - Manners and Customs James Freeman
Commenting on Commentaries on the Book of Malachi Gary Galeotti
Malachi - Bored With Grace Ken Gehrels
Malachi - An Overview Grace Institute
An Introduction to Malachi George Klein
How to Preach From the Prophets Donald Leggett

Divorce and Re-Marriage: Recovering the Biblical View - 11 chapter book with appendix - recommended

Divorce in the Prophets Discipline or Adultery

William Luck

Malachi -Intro, Date, Setting, Themes, Interpretative Challenges, Outline
In a Separate Article the Question is answered: When were the Bible books written?

John MacArthur
Recommended
An Introduction to the Book of Malachi
An Argument of the Book of Malachi
David Malick
The Prophet's Watchword: Day of the LORD- Mal 4:5 Richard Mayhue
Minor Prophets - Book Introductions
Malachi - Introductory Notes, Outlines
J Vernon McGee
Study Notes on Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
Malachi in a Timeline
Middletown Bible
Malachi Commentary 1856 - has practical applications after each section

Rosscup: This work came out in 1856. It is competent in exegetical detail of a reformed nature, explaining much in the books, but disappointing to premillennialists in passages on the future kingdom. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

T V Moore

G Campbell Morgan's devotional/practical thoughts make good fodder for sermon preparation!

Malachi - Living Messages

G Campbell Morgan
Malachi in the Analyzed Bible G Campbell Morgan
NIV Bible - Malachi - Introduction NIV Study Bible Intro
Timeline of Israel's History Wil Pounds

See discussion of the Day of the Lord = Malachi 3:2, 4:5

On Site
Sermon Illustrations on Malachi On site

The Messianic Hope of Israel - The Hope Scheduled in Malachi (see page 7)

Max I Reich
The Prophet Malachi (Overview) Arend Remmers
Malachi - How Has God Loved Us? RBC Booklet
Messianic Prophecies Allen Ross

Malachi Overview (See also excellent summary chart of Malachi)
Excerpt: What's the big idea? The people of Judah began to be exiled from the Promised Land in 605 BC, returning from Babylon seventy years later. By the time of Malachi, they had been back in the land for more than a hundred years and were looking for the blessings they expected to receive when they returned. Though the temple had been rebuilt, the fervor of those early returning Israelites gave way to a thorough apathy for the things of God. This led to rampant corruption among the priesthood and a spiritual lethargy among the people. Malachi came along at a time when the people were struggling to believe that God loved them (Malachi 1:2). The people focused on their unfortunate circumstances and refused to account for their own sinful deeds. So God pointed the finger back at them, and through Malachi, God told the people where they had fallen short of their covenant with Him. If they hoped to see changes, they needed to take responsibility for their own actions and serve God faithfully according to the promise their fathers had made to God on Mount Sinai all those years before. How do I apply this? Throughout Israel’s history, the nation failed and God called His people back to Himself. Each time, Israel would fail again, prompting the cycle to begin again. God’s final word of the Old Testament concerns judgment for sin and testifies to our inability to love Him without the help of His grace. Do you struggle to follow God consistently? Malachi’s call prompts us to live faithfully before God and offers hope that God is not yet through with extending mercy to His people (Malachi 3:1; 4:2, 5–6).

Charles R Swindoll
The Big Idea: Malachi John Stevenson

Analysis of Malachi - Well Done

James Van Dine

SERMONS & COMMENTARIES
ON MALACHI

My personal favorite is by Walter Kaiser - Malachi - God's Unchanging Love

Walter Kaiser - Preacher's Commentary - conservative, literal - excellent for preaching
Rosscup on Kaiser: A careful evangelical gives contemporary outlines usable to pastors. He has occasional illustrations and serious explanation of the text. He is premillennial, as on Zechariah 14, and packs in much expositional help, relating it strategically to life. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

Commenting on Commentaries on the Book of Malachi - Gary Galeotti

James Montgomery Boice - conservative, literal, futuristic - excellent for preaching

 

Haggai, Malachi- An Exegetical and Theological Exposition-New American Commentary- Richard A. Taylor, Ray Clendenen - conservative, literal

 

Exploring the Minor Prophets John Phillips - Rosscup on John Phillips - A respected popular expositor on a number of biblical books here has two introductory chapters, then a chapter of about 20–30 pp. on each prophet (50 on Zech.). Several charts aid readers, and a detailed outline runs before each exposition. The exposition is in general surveys of sections, at times taking a view on a main problem. In Hosea 1:2, he feels that God had Hosea marry an immoral woman but Phillips offers no help on the moral issue. Phillips is premillennial, seeing Israel’s future kingdom blessings as in the millennium after Christ’s Second Coming (Hosea 3:5; Joel 3:14ff; Amos 9:15; Zeph. 3:9ff; Zech 2:10–13; 14:1–21). In Mal. 2:15 he has “one” refer to God making husband and wife into one, and in 4:5 he thinks the Elijah will be fulfilled in one of the two witnesses in Rev. 11. The work helps on broad coverage, and is quite readable for preachers, church teachers, students and lay people wanting a general devotional sweep. (Ibid)

 

The Books of Haggai and Malachi - New International Commentary on the Old Testament - Pieter A. Verhoef - Rosscup writes that "This is by the Professor of Old Testament, Emeritus, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. It is conservative and offers much on current literature, introductory matters, and verse by verse content, adeptly explaining the text and flow of thought. He takes issue with W. Rudolph who says in his commentary on Haggai that the book has no relevance at all for the Christian faith (Verhoef, p. vii), and strives to show the significance of both Haggai and Malachi to today. He has interacted with much scholarship within the text and in footnotes. He believes that someone close to Haggai in his day wrote the book with authentic material from Haggai. He upholds the unity of the book, and traces the movement through the verses carefully in relation to its background. He may or may not be premillennial, seeing the fulfillment of prophetical aspects about the temple beyond the Second Advent. He deals at length with many of the problems, giving different views and factors to weigh, as on God’s love and hate (Malachi 1:2–3), “one” in 2:15, the messenger concepts of 3:1, and “Elijah” in 4:4–6." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

 

Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi - Commentary by T V Moore - older work - online (see below)

 

Best Commentaries on Malachi - Caveat Emptor - largely amillennial perspective

Best Commentaries
Malachi Commentary Paul Apple
Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary
John Calvin
Malachi Sermon Notes
Malachi 1-2 Sermon Notes
Malachi 3-4 Sermon Notes
Rich Cathers
Malachi Sermon Notes - Recommended Steven Cole
Malachi Commentary Century Bible Commentary

Malachi Commentary - but be very discerning as he replaces Israel with the church writing "God permanently removed the "kingdom" from Israel, and gave it to the church" (page 42). However see Jehovah's inviolable, immutable promise (Josh 23:14) to Israel in Je 31:35, 36, 37 (cp Lk 22:30 - where Israel is clearly Israel! See also Ro 11:13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 28, 29, 30-notes. See discussion of Gal 6:16 - Israel of God)

Vincent Cheung

Be a Berean - Not always a literal interpretation. Caveat Emptor!
Malachi - Commentary for English Readers

Malachi 1 Commentary for English Readers
Malachi 2 Commentary for English Readers
Malachi 3 Commentary for English Readers
Malachi 4 Commentary for English Readers

C J Ellicott
Malachi 1:1-14 Love Wholeheartedly
Malachi 1:1-14 Are You Just Going Through the Motions?
Malachi 2:1-16 Live Honorably
Malachi 2:1-16 Do You Honor Your Commitments?
Malachi 2:17-4:6 Worship Appropriately
Malachi 2:17-3:12 How Do You Treat God?
Malachi 3:13–4:6 What Is Your Decision?
Explore the Bible

Brief (5-15') pithy, practical videos by Dr Gene Getz which present powerful principles for life application! Instructions: Click Holman Christian Standard Bible. Type in the Scripture and click Video Player Tool in right column for Dr Getz's practical points related to that Scripture.

Gene Getz
Malachi: Treating God With Respect Bruce Goettsche
Scripture Index - Malachi - The Gospel Coalition Gospel Coalition
Concise Bible Commentary on Malachi James Gray
Malachi Commentary F B Hole
The Four Hundred Silent Years
Notes on the Prophecy of Malachi
H A Ironside
Keil and Delitzsch Commentary on Malachi Keil and Delitzsch
Malachi Commentary William Kelly
The Pictorial Bible - John Kitto - go to page 714 (or scroll to near bottom)

Spurgeon's Comments on Kitto: "Then, of course, gentlemen, you will economize rigidly until you have accumulated funds to purchase Kitto’s Pictorial Bible. You mean to take that goodly freight on board before you launch upon the sea of married life. As you cannot visit the Holy Land, it is well for you that there is a work like the Pictorial Bible, in which the notes of the most observant travellers are arranged under the texts which they illustrate. For the geography, zoology, botany, and manners and customs of Palestine, this will be your counselor and guide....A work of art as well as learning."

John Kitto
The Minor Prophets J. Hampton Keathley, III
Malachi Commentary - Lange Lange Commentary
Malachi Sermons - Lessons for Today from the OT Prophet (8) David Legge
Malachi Commentary W H Lowe
Malachi Commentary (Analyzed Bible) G Campbell Morgan
Malachi Commentary Joseph Packard
Malachi Commentary - The People's Bible Joseph Parker
Malachi Commentary T T Perowne
Malachi Commentary Pulpit Commentary

Malachi Survey
Malachi - Matthew - Why Study the 400 Silent Years?
Malachi Sermon Overview
Malachi Outline for Studying
Malachi Honoring God
Malachi 1 The Power of Honor
Malachi 1:1-2, 6-14
Malachi 1:1-1:5 How Do you Love Me?
Malachi 1:1-1:5 Q & A
Malachi 1: 6-10 Offering God Less than Your Best
Malachi 1: 6-14 Worship
Malachi 1: 6-2:9 What's Wrong with my Service
Malachi 1:14 God is Great
Malachi 2 Live Honorably
Malachi 2:10-3:5 Spiritual Infidelity
Malachi 2:10-16 Why Don't You Answer My Prayers?
Malachi 2:17-3:5  The King is Coming
Malachi 3 I Am Not Responsible
Malachi 3-4 Fire of God
Malachi 3:1-4 Road Work
Malachi 3:1-5 Love Invites Repentance
Malachi 3:3-12 A Sermon on Tithing
Malachi 3:8-12 Tip or Tithe
Malachi 3 Tithing is Unscriptural Under the New Covenant
Malachi 3:6-12 Return to Worship
Malachi 3:6-12 Encourage the Tithe
Malachi 3:6-12 Promise for Financial Blessings
Malachi 3:6-7 Why Do I Have to Repent?
Malachi 3:6-18 The Last Word
Malachi 3:10-12 O How I Love Jesus
Malachi 3:16-4:6 Decided Destiny
Malachi 4: Sermon Notes
Malachi 4:1-6 The Right Side of Judgment Day
Malachi 4:1-6 Christmas and the Day of the Lord
Malachi 4:4-5 Father Hunger

Sermons.Logos.com

Malachi 1, Sermon Illustrations

Malachi 1, Sermon Illustrations

Malachi 3,Sermon Illustrations

Malachi 4, Sermon Illustrations

Sermoncentral
Malachi Sermons in Audio Format (Assorted Speakers) Sermon Audio
Malachi Commentary Speaker's Commentary
Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi - Well Done John Stevenson

Obadiah, Joel, Haggai and Malachi - Be very discerning: Utley is Amillennial and replaces Israel with the Church. Why listed? Because he has interesting grammatical (word and phrase studies) and historical comments. (See Related Resources: Millennium; Israel of God)

Bob Utley

MALACHI 1

Judgment Begins At The House Of God- A Theology Of Malachi Robert Gonzales, Jr.
Malachi 1:3-4 Edom John Kitto Daily Bible illustrations
Malachi 1 Notes Brian Bell
Malachi 1-2
Malachi 3-4
Joe Guglielmo
Malachi 1-3 When Worship Has Lost Its Worth - Recommended Ray Pritchard

Malachi 1:11 Joyce G. Baldwin, "Malachi 1:11 and the Worship of the Nations in the Old Testament," Tyndale Bulletin 23 (1972): 117-124

Joyce Baldwin
Malachi 1:3,4 Edom John Kitto
Malachi 1:6-11 Why Think About Worship? Bruce Goettsche
Malachi 1:6 Carelessness and Casualness in Worship Paul Tassell
Malachi 1:6 Our Father's Demand James Smith

Malachi 1:8 Busyness

Sermons.Logos.com
Malachi 1: The object in putting these verses in the Bible J R Miller
Malachi 1:14 The Best for God Octavius Winslow

MALACHI 2

Malachi 2 Brian Bell

Malachi 2 What Really Matters - God's Passionate Perspective On Marriage

Gracepro
Malachi 2 and Malachi 3 - An Exposition John Taylor
Malachi 2:2 "Take It To Heart" Gregg Allen
Malachi 2:1-9 Reviving God’s Covenant with Levi- Reflections on Malachi 2:1-9 Daniel Block
Malachi 2:1-16 Covenant Unfaithfulness George Harrison
Malachi 2:5-6 The Faithful Minister of the New Covenant Horatius Bonar
Malachi 2:10-16 Divorce in Malachi 2:10-16 Walter Kaiser
Malachi 2:10-16 Building Godly Marriages and 'God Kids' Stuart Briscoe

Malachi 2:14 A Covenant of Companionship — (Exodus 20 and 21)

William Luck
Malachi 2:14-17 A Godly Marriage? Joe Guglielmo
Old Testament Perspectives On Divorce And Remarriage Joe M. Sprinkle
Malachi 2:16 Who Has Gone Through a Divorce Mark Adams
Malachi 2:17 Wearying Jehovah with our Words Horatius Bonar

MALACHI 3

Fire In God's House- Influence Of Malachi 3 In The NT John Proctor
Malachi 3:1: The Messenger of the Covenant Wil Pounds
Malachi 3:1-4 God's Whistle Blower Brett Webb-Mitchell
Malachi 3:2 - Fuller's Soap - Manners and Customs
Malachi 3:16 Book of Remembrance - Manners and Customs
James Freeman
Malachi 3:2 Fulling (Fullers' soap)
Malachi 3:16 The Book of Remembrance
Manners and Customs by
James Freeman
Malachi 3:3: The Refiner's Fire F B Meyer
Malachi 3:4-5 Lord, Light the Fire! Joe Guglielmo
Malachi 3:6 (Ro 11:28-29) I The Lord Do Not Change Ray Pritchard
Malachi 3:6 I The Lord Do Not Change James Smith
Malachi 3:8-12 God's Tenth Gregg Allen
Malachi 3:8-12 Robbing God J Ligon Duncan
Malachi 3:8 Will a Man Rob God-Study of Tithing in Old and New Testaments Andreas J. Köstenberger

Malachi 3:10-11 Multiple Illustrations on Tithe

Sermons.Logos.com
Malachi 3:10 Money Matters Mark Adams
Malachi 3:10 - Six Promises
Malachi 3:10 Just Try It, And See If God Doesn't Bless You
Robert Morgan
Malachi 3:10 Practicing the Promises of God - 1
Malachi 3:10 Practicing the Promises of God - 2
Malachi 3:10 Practicing the Promises of God - 3
W A Criswell
Malachi 3:16 The Fellowship of the Saints (18 pages)
Malachi 3:16 Religious Conversation (14 pages)
Malachi 3:17 A Peculiar Treasure (16 pages)
James Hastings
Malachi 3:16-18 The Making of God's Jewel P. G. Mathew
Malachi 3:16 Book of Remembrance or Royal Memorandum-Exegetical Note David C. Deuel
Malachi 3:16-18 Religion Our True Interest Thomas Watson
Malachi 3:6 The God You Can Depend On Bruce Goettsche

MALACHI 4

The Prophet’s Watchword- Day of the Lord Richard L. Mayhue
Malachi 4:2 Hark the Herald Angels - Stanza 3
Malachi 4:2 Eternal Sun of Righteousness
Charles Wesley
Malachi 4:3 Treatment of Enemies Manners and Customs by
James Freeman
Malachi 4:3 Treatment of Enemies - Manners and Customs James Freeman
Malachi 4:5 The Promise of  the Arrival of Elijah in Malachi and the Gospels Walter Kaiser
Malachi 4:6 Transformed Hearts, Transformed Homes Sam Harbin

G Campbell Morgan
Malachi Commentary
Wherein Have We Robbed God?
Malachi's Message to the Men of Today
1898

Malachi Introduction
The Spirit of the Age
The Complaints of Jehovah
The Divine Attitude
The Elect Remnant
The Final Word

Henry Morris
Defender's Study Bible Notes
Conservative, Literal Interpretation
Recommended

Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

Net Bible Notes
Malachi Commentary Notes

Recommended: NETBible notes are in the right panel. You can also select the tab for "Constable's Notes." As you scroll the Bible text in the left panel, the notes are synchronized and will scroll to the same passage. Also has a nice parallel Bible feature (see Tab = "Parallel"). Select a different Bible translation (see Tab = "Bible"). Open Greek/Hebrew tab. Mouse over shows corresponding English word and has short definition at bottom of right panel.

Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

James Nisbet's
Church Pulpit Commentary
Malachi

Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

Phil Newton
Sermons on Malachi
Conservative, Literal Interpretation

Malachi 1:1-5 Loving Jacob, Hating Esau
Malachi 1:6-14 True Worship
Malachi 2:1-9 Warning to Leaders
Malachi 2:10-16 The Covenant of Marriage
Malachi 2:17-3:6 The God of Justice
Malachi 3:7-12 Robbing God
Malachi 3:13-18 Spiritual Inventory
Malachi 4:1-6 The Day is Coming

Our Daily Bread
Devotionals for
Sermon and teaching illustrations

Malachi 1:2 - Returning God's Love
Malachi 1:2-3 - It's So Unfair!

Malachi 1:1-5 It's So Unfair!

Malachi 1:6-14 Shopping Strategy

Malachi 1:7 - The Polluters

Malachi 1:1-8 Meaning And Purpose

Malachi 2:10-16 Sad Split

Malachi 2:14 The Marriage Covenant
Malachi 2:17 - Illusionary Living

Malachi 2:13-17 Reality Or Illusion
Malachi 3:1-6 Orphans And Widows

Malachi 3:5: "Financial Immorality"
Malachi 3:6 Our Changing World
Malachi 3:6: A God Of Absolutes

Malachi 3:16-18 Returning God's Love

Malachi 4:2 Restoring Order

Malachi 4:2 Let's Get Growing!
Malachi 4:2 - Sunshine For Your Soul

Malachi 4:2 Songbird In The Dark

Malachi 4:2 -The Power Of The Sun

Malachi 4:4-6 A Family In Trouble

Malachi 4:6 - Final Words

Joseph Packard
Book of Malachi
Expositional Commentary
1874

Malachi Introduction
Malachi 1:1-5
Malachi 1:6-2:10
Malachi 2:10-16
Malachi 2:17-3:7
Malachi 3:7-12
Malachi 3:13-4:6

Joseph Parker
The People's Bible
Malachi

Rosscup: This work, later called Preaching Through the Bible (Baker Book House), is rich in its applications and exhortations, though often not particularly helpful for the reader who is looking for exposition that stays right with the text. Treatment of the texts is sermonic. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works)

Malachi 1:1-6 The Burden of Malachi
Malachi 2 Prophets and Priests
Malachi 3 The Divine Call
Malachi 4 Closing Prophecies

Peter Pett
Commentary
Malachi

Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

T T Perowne
The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
Malachi
1890
Be cautious (Acts 17:11-note): Does not always interpret the Scripture literally
and sometimes replaces
Israel with the Church (note)

Malachi Introduction

Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

John Piper
Sermons
Desiringgod.org

Malachi  You Shall Go Forth Leaping Like Calves
Malachi 1:1-5 The Greatness of God's Electing Love
Malachi 1:6-14 Honor Thy Majestic Father
Malachi 1:6-14 The Curse of Careless Worship
Malachi 2:1-9 The Curse of Priestly Failure
Malachi 2:1-9 The Glory of Priestly Success
Malachi 2:10-16 Let None Be Faithless to the Wife of His Youth
Malachi 2:17-3:6 He Is Like a Refiner's Fire
Malachi 3:7-12 You Will Be a Land of Delight
Malachi 3:13-18 I Will Spare Them as a Man Spares His Son
Malachi 4:1-3 The Sun of Righteousness Will Rise
Malachi 4:4-6 He Will Turn the Hearts of the Fathers to the Children

Matthew Poole
Malachi

Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

Precept Ministries
Malachi
Transcripts of Lectures by David Arthur
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Lesson 1-Have You Ever Doubted God's Love?
Lesson 2 How Do You KNOW You are OK with God?
Lesson 3  What is Involved in -"Returning to God"?

 

Malachi - Precept Lesson 1 free download

Pulpit Commentary
Malachi
Be cautious (Acts 17:11-
note): Does not always interpret the Scripture literally
and sometimes replaces
Israel with the Church (note)

Malachi Introduction


Malachi 1 Commentary

Malachi 1:1 Malachi and His Burden
Malachi 1:1 Burdensome Prophecies

Malachi 1:1-5 The Sovereignty of God in Relation to Man's...

Malachi 1:2-5 The Sovereign Love of God
Malachi 1:2-3 The Lord's Love for His People

Malachi 1:4-5 Divine Judgments by Disappointments
Malachi 1:6 The Reverence Due to God

Malachi 1:6-9 The Profession and Practice of Religion

Malachi 1:7, 8 Irreverence-Its Causes and Signs
Malachi 1:6 Human Claims Impressing Divine Claims
Malachi 1:7 Polluted Bread or Priestly Sins

Malachi 1:8 The Law of Acceptable Sacrifice
Malachi 1:9 Regarding the Person
Malachi 1:10 Self-Serving Religion

Malachi 1:10-14 Wrong Worship
Malachi 1:11 God's Honor Secured in Spirit of His People's Sins
Malachi 1:11 The Universal Worship that is to Be

Malachi 1:13 Religion a Weariness

Malachi 1:14 The Great and Dreadful Name


Malachi 2 Commentary

Malachi 2 Homiletics
Malachi 2 Homilies


Malachi 3 Commentary

Malachi 3 Homiletics
Malachi 3 Homilies


Malachi 4 Commentary

Malachi 4 Homiletics
Malachi 4 Homilies

Edward B Pusey
Commentary on Malachi
The Minor Prophets
(originally published 1860)
General Introduction

James Rosscup writes "This work originally appeared in 1860. The present publication is set up in two columns to the page with the text of the Authorized Version reproduced at the top. Scripture references, Hebrew words, and other citations are relegated to the bottom of the page. The work is detailed and analytical in nature. Introduction, background and explanation of the Hebrew are quite helpful. Pusey holds to the grammatical-historical type of interpretation until he gets into sections dealing with the future of Israel, and here Israel becomes the church in the amillennial vein." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works or Logos Format)

Malachi Introduction
Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

Randall Radic
Commentary on Malachi
Conservative, Literal Interpretation

Introduction and Malachi 1:1-3
Malachi 1:4-7
Malachi 1:9-11
Malachi 1:12-14
Malachi 2:1-4
Malachi 2:5-8
Malachi 2:9-12
Malachi 2:13-17
Malachi 3:1
Malachi 3:2-4
Malachi 3:5-8
Malachi 3:9-18
Malachi 4

Robert Rayburn
Sermon Series on Malachi

Malachi Introduction

Malachi Introduction

Malachi 1:1-5 Sermon

Malachi 1:6-2:9 Sermon

Malachi 1:6-2:9 Sermon

Malachi 2:10-16 Sermon

Malachi 2:10-16 Sermon

Malachi 2:17-3:11 Sermon

Malachi 3:6-12 Sermon

Malachi 3:13-4:3 Sermon
Malachi 3:13-4:3 Sermon

Malachi 4:4-6 Sermon

Don Robinson
Sermon Notes
Conservative, Literal Interpretation

Malachi 1:14 God is Great

Malachi 2:11-16 Divorce, Remarriage, and the Bible

Malachi 2:14-17 Restoring the Foundations

Malachi 3:7-10 All-Encompassing Promises

Malachi 3:8 What a Rip-off !!

Dave Roper
Sermons
Conservative, Literal Interpretation

Malachi 1:1-5 God Loves You
Malachi 1:6-2:9 The Cure for Boredom
Malachi 2:10-16 The Wife of Your Youth
Malachi 2:17-3:12 Healing the Land
Malachi 3:13-4:6 The Rising of the Son

Allen Ross
Commentary
Conservative, Literal Interpretation

Malachi 1:1-5 God’s Faithful Covenant Love
Malachi 1:6-17 Worship That God Rejects
Malachi 2:1-9 Faithful Teaching Of God’s Word
Malachi 2:10-16 Profaning The Marriage Covenant
Malachi 2:17-3:12 God’s Justice and Faithfulness
Malachi 3:13--4:6 Preparing for The Day of The Lord

C I Scofield
Reference Notes
On Malachi
Conservative, Literal Interpretation

Introduction
Malachi 1
Malachi 2
Malachi 3
Malachi 4

Sermon Bible Commentary
Malachi

Malachi 1 Commentary
Malachi 2 Commentary
Malachi 3 Commentary
Malachi 4 Commentary

Charles Simeon
Sermons on Malachi

NOTE: If you are not familiar with the great saint Charles Simeon see Dr John Piper's discussion of Simeon's life - you will want to read Simeon's sermons after meeting him! - click Brothers We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering (Mp3 even better)

Malachi 1:2, 3 The Sovereignty of God's Grace
Malachi 1:6 Relative Duties to God and Man
Malachi 1:8 God's Appeal to Self-Justifying Sinners
Malachi 1:11 The Calling of the Gentiles
Malachi 2:2 Repentance Glorifying God
Malachi 2:5-7 The Ministerial Office
Malachi 3:1-3 The Effect's of Christ's Advent
Malachi 3:6 The Immutability of God
Malachi 3:8 Sin a Robbery of God
Malachi 3:16, 17 Christian Fellowship Approved of God
Malachi 4:1,2 The Sun of Righteousness Arising
Malachi 4:5,6 Elijah to Precede our Lord

Chuck Smith
Sermon Notes on Malachi
Calvary Chapel
Conservative, Literal Interpretation
Click Here. Select Sermon Notes. Select Malachi

Malachi 1:2
Malachi 2:9
Malachi 3:8-11
Malachi 3:13-17
Malachi 3:16-17
Malachi 3:16-17b
Malachi 3:16c

George A Smith
Commentary on Malachi
The Expositor's Bible
1903
Preface
The Book of the Twelve
The Prophet in Early Israel
The Eighth Century in Israel
Influence of Assyria Upon Prophecy
The Seventh Century in Israel
The Early Years of Josiah (639-625): Jeremiah and Zephaniah
The Rest of the Century (625-586): The Fall of Nineveh; Nahum and Habakkuk
Israel Under the Persians (539-331BC)
From the Return from Babylon to the Building of the Temple (536-516BC)

James Rosscup writes "Though old this is well-written and often cited, with many good statements on spiritual truths. Users will find much that is worthwhile, and sometimes may disagree, as when he sees the Jonah account as allegorical (Ed: See Tony Garland's article on the Rise of Allegorical Interpretation)." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works or Logos Format)

Introduction
From Zechariah to Malachi
Malachi Chapters 1-4: Prophecy Within the Law
Malachi 1:2-5 God's Love for Israel and Hatred of Edom
Malachi 1:6-14 Honour Thy Father
Malachi 2:1-9 The Priesthood of Knowledge
Malachi 2:10-17 The Cruelty of Divorce
Malachi 2:17-3:5 Where is the God of Judgment?
Malachi 3:6-12 Repentance by Tithes
Malachi 3:13-21 The Judgment to Come
Malachi 3:22-24 The Return of Elijah

Speakers Commentary
Commentary on Malachi
Indexed by Chapter and Verse
Be cautious (Acts 17:11-note): Does not always interpret the Scripture literally
and sometimes replaces
Israel with the Church (note)

Malachi - Introduction

Malachi 1:1-5 Commentary

Malachi 1:7-11 Commentary

Malachi 1:12-14 Commentary

Malachi 2:1-3 Commentary

Malachi 2:4-11 Commentary

Malachi 2:12-16 Commentary

Malachi 2:17 Commentary

Malachi 3:1-5 Commentary

Malachi 3:6-12 Commentary

Malachi 3:13-18 Commentary

Malachi 4:1-2 Commentary

Malachi 4:3-6 Commentary

C H Spurgeon
Devotional Commentaries
Morning and Evening
Faith's Checkbook

Malachi 3:2
Malachi 3:6
Malachi 3:10
Malachi 3:17
Malachi 4:2
Malachi 4:2

Malachi 3 Spurgeon's Exposition on this Chapter
Malachi 4 Spurgeon's Exposition on this Chapter

C H Spurgeon
All of his Sermons on Malachi

Malachi 1:1 The Burden of the Word of the Lord
Malachi 1:2a Love's Lamentation

Malachi 1:2 God’s Love Shamefully Questioned
Malachi 1:2 Sermon Notes and Illustrations
Malachi 2:17 Great Difference

Malachi 3:1 The Messenger of the Covenant

Malachi 3:1 The Immutability of God ( one of first Sermons preached)

Malachi 3:3 The Sitting of the Refiner

Malachi 3:8 Robbers of God
Malachi 3:10 Proving God

Malachi 3:17 God’s Jewels
Malachi 4:2 Bright Prospects for Young Believers

Malachi 4:2 Sun of Righteousness
Malachi 4:2 Sermon Notes and Illustrations

Malachi 4:2 The Rising Sun

Ray Stedman
Sermons
Conservative, Literal Interpretation

God Encourages: Malachi
Malachi: Think Upon His Name

When Love Grows Old - Malachi

The 400 Years between the Old and New Testaments

Richard Stock
Commentary upon the Prophecy of Malachi
 

Spurgeon comments: Contains a stock of knowledge, and more than a sufficient stock of quotations from the fathers. Torshell printed the book fifteen years after Stock’s death, and finding it to be written for a popular audience only, he added an examination of the original and a few notes in a more learned style, to make a complete commentary. The two authors hare thus composed the work upon Malachi.

Malachi Introduction

Malachi 1

Malachi 1 - Torshell
Malachi 2
Malachi 2 - Torshell
Malachi 3
Malachi 3 - Torshell
Malachi 4
Malachi 4 - Torshell

 

DISCLAIMER: Before you consult commentaries, sermons or other resources, first consult the Word of God, studying the Scriptures diligently (2Ti 2:15-note) and inductively (See inductive Bible study) in dependence on your Teacher, the Holy Spirit, Who Jesus promised would guide us into all truth (John 16:13).
 

THOUGHTS ON
INTERPRETATION
OF PROPHETIC BOOKS

 

In regard to the OT Prophetic books such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, and the 12 "Minor" Prophets, remember that the most accurate interpretation is derived by applying the following principles:

 

(1) Read the Scripture literally (unless the text is clearly figurative, e.g., Jesus said "I am the door..." Jn 10:9). If one interprets a text symbolically (allegorically, figuratively, spiritualizing) when that text makes good sense literally, one potentially opens themselves to the danger of inaccurate interpretation, for then the question arises as to who's "symbolic" interpretation is correct and how imaginative one should be in evaluating a "supposed symbol"? Many of the commentaries and sermons on the OT prophetic books unfortunately are replete with non-literal interpretations (except when it comes to Messianic Passages, which are usually interpreted literally). Therefore the watchword when reading any commentary on Old Testament prophecy is caveat emptor ("buyer beware"). Read all commentaries like the Bereans (Acts 17:11-note).

 

(2) Study the context which is always "king" in interpretation (don't take verses out of context.)

 

(3) Passages addressed to Israel should be interpreted as directed to the literal nation of Israel and should not be interpreted as addressed to the NT Church, an entity not mentioned in the Old Testament. The promises of Jehovah to the nation of Israel (e.g., see Millennial Promises) remain valid (Jer 31:35, 36, 37, Nu 23:19, Lk 21:33) and have not been passed on to the NT Church because Israel has "defaulted" (See study Israel of God). Remember that while Scripture has only one correct interpretation, there can be many legitimate applications (See Application), and therefore the OT prophetic books are extremely applicable in the lives of NT believers.

 

(4) Scripture is always the best commentary on Scripture. While an attempt has been made to list resources that adhere to these basic interpretative guidelines, not all the works listed in these collections have been read in detail. Therefore should you discover a resource you feel is NOT conservative and/or orthodox, please email your concerns.

 

Related Resources:

 

Inductive Bible Study - Guidelines to Assure Accurate Interpretation

Inductive Bible Study Interpretation of Prophetic Scripture

Interpretative Views of the Revelation of Jesus Christ
Allegorical Interpretation - Tony Garland
Interpreting Symbols - Tony Garland
Basic Considerations in Interpreting Prophecy - John Walvoord

Millennium - Biblical descriptions of this time on earth, primarily from the OT prophets


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