09/30/2018 — the book of Malachi
Of course Malachi is the last of the Old Testament books and while it is not specifically stated most scholars feel that Malachi was written within the time frame of Nehemiah. As we read Malachi’s condemnation of the unfaithful you can also hear the words from the final chapter in Nehemiah. The Lord had restored the nation and, yet, quite sadly they very quickly become unfaithful (again.)
Like all of the books of prophecy we have read even throughout his condemnation of the people (particularly the priesthood) hope and God’s promise to His faithful remains. For example in chapter 3
3 “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant,whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.
6 “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.7 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.
16 Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. 17 “On the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty, “they will be my treasured possession. I will spare them, just as a father has compassion and spares his son who serves him.