The book of Malachi was written after the return of Jews from Babylon. The author tries to stir up holiness among the priests by making affirmations, then posing questions as if a doubter, and then responding with affirmations.
Malachi 1: 6-7, 11, 14
verses 6-7 So says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise His Name. But you ask, “How have we despised Your Name?” By offering polluted food on My altar!”
verse 11 “For from the rising of the sun, even to its setting, My Name is great among the nations; And everywhere they bring sacrifice to My Name, and a pure offering; For great is My Name among the nations, says the LORD of hosts.
verse 14 For a great King am I, says the LORD of hosts, and My Name will be feared among the nations.
Malachi 2: 1- 2, 4-5
verses 1- 2 And now, O priests, this commandment is for you: If you do not listen, and if you do not lay it to heart, to give glory to My Name, says the LORD of hosts, I will send a curse upon you and of your blessing I will make a curse. Yes, I have already cursed it, because you do not lay it to heart.
verses 4-5 Then you will know that I sent you this commandment because I have a covenant with Levi (in the Old Testament, namely the third son of Jacob with Leah (Genesis 29:34), who gave rise to the priestly caste of the Levites), says the LORD of hosts. My covenant with him was one of life and peace; fear I put in him, and he feared Me, and stood in awe of My Name.
++++Let us pray that our names will be written in His record book in verse 16 ++++
Malachi 3: 16, 20
verse 16 Then they who fear the LORD spoke with one another, and the LORD listened attentively; and a record book was written before Him of those who fear the LORD and trust in His Name.
verse 20 (God’s words) “But for you who fear My Name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays; and you will gambol like calves out of the stall and tread down the wicked; They will become ashes under the soles of your feet on the day I take action, says the LORD of hosts.”
We have completed the Old Testament study of scriptures with respect to the Name of the LORD. Now we start the New Testament with the Gospel of Matthew and study how we now have the Gift of the Incarnate God among us, King Jesus.

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