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Malachi 1 Discussion Questions and Cross References


  1. God loves Jacob (1-5)
  2. God is not pleased with their offerings (6-14)
  3. Verses 1-5

Discussion Questions

What is an oracle?

Who is Malachi?

When may this book have been written?

What was God’s attitude toward them?

What was their attitude toward God?

What is the main point of verses 2-5?

What does it mean that God hated Esau?

Why did God choose Jacob, but not choose Esau?

Was Esau deserving of God’s love?

Was Jacob deserving of God’s love?

So what can we learn from this?

How did God treat the people of Edom? Why?


Romans 9:9-16 – More teaching on God’s sovereign choice of Jacob and not Esau.

Revelation 13:8 – The saints’ names are written in the book of life before the foundation of the world.

John 6:44 – No one can come to Me unless the Father draws him.

John 6:37 – All that the Father gives to Me will come to Me.

Ezekiel 18:20 – The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s sins and the father will not bear the punishment for the son’s sins.

Amos 1:11 – The sins of Edom.

Obadiah 1:15 – The deeds of Edom will return on its own head.

  1. Verses 6-14

Discussion Questions

What point is Malachi making in verse 6 about a son/father and servant/master?

Does a son always honor his father? If not, then what is implied here?

Were the Jews honoring God?

What problem is declared here?

What do we learn about God from this verse? How about people?

What attitude do we see that the people have at the end of verse 6?

What examples are given of their lack of respect toward God?

What did these examples show about their heart attitude?

Why were they giving of the worst they had to God? What did this show about their opinion of God?

What were the Jews commanded to offer to God?

Why did God ask for the best they had?

How useful was the gifts they were offering (verse 10?)

What are some modern day parallels of ways we may not honor God today?

What is the key principle we need to learn in this passage?

In what areas can we show honor and respect to God by giving Him the very best?

What do we learn about God’s character in verse 11?

How can we magnify God’s name among the nations? What does this verse show us about God’s vision for other nations besides Israel?


Exodus 12:5, Leviticus 22:19 – You must offer a lamb without blemish.

Proverbs 11:24-25 – We should give freely to the Lord.

1 Timothy 6:18-20 – Do good and be rich in good works. Be generous and ready to share.

Proverbs 3:9 – Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first of your produce.

1 Samuel 2:30 – I will honor those who honor me.

1 Chronicles 16:28-29 – Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

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