The Book of Malachi
Malachi or The Book of Malachi is the last text of the Nevi’im or Prophets section of the Tanakh and the last of the 12 canonical Minor Prophets. The authorship of the text is classically attributed to the prophet named Malachi, whose name literally means “my messenger”. As both priests and prophets were referred to as messengers of God, some scholars consider that the author derived his name from the colloquial traditions of the people.
Almost nothing is known about the author of the book of Malachi even though some sources suggest that he might have been Levitical. As to when the book of Malachi was actually written, the sparseness of historical details presented in this book make it even more difficult for historians to actually assign a proper date to it. Only the use of the Persian-era term “pehâ” for governor suggests that the book of Malachi must have been written during the post-exilic period. Since there are evidences to suggest that the second Temple had been already built by that time, scholars have dated the book after 515 BC.
The main theme of the Book of Malachi deals with the fact that the Jewish people in post-exilic Jerusalem, especially the priests, exhibit a kind of spiritual laziness, and their social behavior often tend to an inclination towards the mundane and the profane. This is similar to the Book of Haggai. Although the various prophets of the land urged the inhabitants of Israel and Judah to see the exile as a punishment for not being able to continue with their covenantal relationship with Elohim, it did not take much time for the people to go back to their ungodly ways once the exile had been ended. In lieu of this waning commitment to God, the prophet known as Malachi gave his prophecy. He said that the Great King will not only come to judge the people of Israel and Judah, but also to bestow His divine blessings on them.
At the beginning of the book of Malachi, Malachi addresses the people of Israel in a stern tone that reflects the seriousness and complexity of the social situation. He accuses his audience of not living up to God’s ways, which is a sign of their disrespect to the Almighty. One of the ways in which such disrespect is manifested is by the performance of sacrifices that are overseen by the priests. Although Elohim demands unblemished animals, the priests, whose duty was in to determine whether an animal was acceptable or not, offered animals that were lame, blind or sick as they thought that nobody would notice.
Its interesting to see that in the Book of Malachi their is a clear message to the Jewish people to further their spirituality. These lessons are still encouraged and discussed today in which people veer from faith and often need to be reminded of the problems and circumstances that may result from loosing track of faith and its importance. To sign up to receive our daily bible quotes or learn more about our bible quote recommendation service you may want to read here.