Today we begin a 4 week study of the small book of Malachi, located at the very end of the Old Testament section of the Bible. Four questions guide our discoveries: 1) Why study Malachi? 2) When and by Whom is it written = what is the setting of the book? 3) What is the style of writing? and 4) Where do we start? In answer to this final question we jump into the first 5 verses of chapter one and discover what proves to be a remarkably powerful and foundational statement. God says, 'I have loved you...' This is covenant love; the language of choosing! God has chosen His people be His own special possession! The remainder of the book is answering the question: how ought I live in response to the reality of this covenant love. For a book written almost 2500 years ago, the lessons are remarkably appropriate and applicable! May we hear God's voice through this study!
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