Unit 18, Session 6: Malachi the Prophet
February 26, 2017 | 0 Comments
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This week was our final week in the Old Testament as we looked at the Book of Malachi.
After many years living as prisoners in Babylon, God’s people had returned to Judah. They
had worked hard and overcome opposition to rebuild the temple and the walls around
Jerusalem. Surely God would restore them ... finally! But nothing happened. As they
waited, they faced drought and economic uncertainty. God’s people probably didn’t feel
like God had blessed them at all.
“It is useless to serve God,” they said. “What have we gained by keeping His
requirements?” (Mal. 3:14).
Did God still care? It wasn’t long until they fell back into the same patterns of sin that led to
their exile in the first place: idolatry, covetousness, hypocrisy, arrogance, and abuse of the
But God did still love His people. He had been working out His divine plan of redemption,
and He never gave up on them. God sent a message to His people through the prophet
Malachi was the last of the Old Testament prophets. He spoke to God’s people
approximately 100 years after the end of the Babylonian captivity. Malachi’s message from
God was a wake-up call.
God communicated through Malachi that the people’s lack of blessing didn’t mean that
God didn’t care. God exposed His people’s sin and made clear that their actions merited a
curse. God’s people needed to repent and turn back to God. “But for you who fear My
name,” God said, “the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings” (Mal. 4:2).
Malachi was a messenger—a prophet—who told God's people to repent. Malachi
also told about another messenger God would send. This messenger, John the
Baptist, would call people to repent and get them ready for a final Messenger, Jesus
Christ. Jesus would bring good news of salvation.
Help your kids understand that 400 years of silence followed Malachi’s prophecy; God did
not communicate to His people. This period brings us to the New Testament, when the
silence would be broken by the last prophet before Jesus, John the Baptist. His words
about Jesus in John 1:29 offered hope to all who heard: “Here is the Lamb of God, who
takes away the sin of the world!”
Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Cards below as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.
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