The Q&A format we have become familiar with in Malachi means we are entering a new section at (2:17). The verse makes it clear that the Lord has become weary of His people. We see the reason for His weariness in the two (2) phrases attributed to them. In the first, the people were saying in effect that the Lord, their God, was not holy. And added to that, the second (in the form of a question) was making the terrible claim that the Lord was not just (righteous).
The Lord’s response to this awful situation was to say He would send, not one, but two messengers (3:1). While “Malachi” means ‘messenger’, he was not being referred to. Can you work out who the two messengers of (Malachi 3:1) are? You will find a hint to the first in (Mal. 4:5; compare Mark 11:14 and Luke 1: 16,17). As to the second messenger, look up (Isaiah 40:3; Mark 1:1-3; Heb. 12:24).
As you prepare for worshipping the Lord together this Sunday, ask if these messengers have come to the Lord’s people yet. And see if you can figure out from (Mal. 3:2-6) what either or both would do or have done.
In the Name of Christ, the Mediator of the New Covenant,