As we continue to study the book of Malachi, let’s review what we’ve found. I suggested we use the “4S” study approach: spread, sort, structure and summarize.
I suggested as the title for the outline of the book: How to experience God’s love, blessing and freedom. Under this title I developed four main points: things to appreciate, things to avoid, things to appropriate and things to anticipate. I chose to develop these main points for each chapter.
Starting with chapter 1, the most important thing to appreciate in the whole book is introduced in verse 2: “‘I have loved you!’ declared God.”
Since the Israelites were compromised they likely weren’t sensing God’s love for them. Malachi anticipates their question, saying: “How has God loved us?” Then gives God’s answer: “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother? Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated.”
Esau foolishly sold his birthright to Jacob, and his offspring followed his rebellious example. Later, they opposed the Israelites and occupied their land when Israel was decimated by Babylon and taken into exile. They were always a thorn in Israel’s side.
Jacob and his offspring’s history is also flawed. God Sovereignly chose to love Jacob over his brother in spite of his many failures. Believers, like Israel, are flawed, but God loves us. We too should appreciate this.