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Malachi 2 Cross-References and Discussion Questions
- The consequences of dishonoring God (1-3)
- The example of honoring God (4-9)
- Rebuke for their treachery (10-17))
I. Verses 1-3
What is the commandment Malachi refers to in verse 1?
Who is this message directed to?
What did God want them to do (verse 2)? What does this teach us about God?
Did they give God honor? What does this teach us about people?
What were the consequences for dishonoring God?
What does verse 3 mean?
Deuteronomy 6:5 – Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.
1 Corinthians 6:20 – Honor God with your body.
Psalm 29:2 – Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name.
Psalm 34:3 – Magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together.
Psalm 57:5 – Be exalted above the heavens.
Psalm 71:8 – My mouth is filled with your praise and with Your glory all day long.
Deuteronomy 30:19 – I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose…
Deuteronomy 28:1-14 – Blessings if they obey God.
Deuteronomy 28:15-68 – Curses if they disobey God.
II. Verses 4-9
What commandment was sent to them?
Who is Levi? What is the covenant with Levi?
Who is him, them, him, and he refer to in verse 5?
What kind of relationship did God have with the Levite priests?
What kind of relationship did those priests have with the people?
What was their role toward the people? What did they use their position for?
How is our job similar or different from the role of a priest as seen in verses 6-7?
How can we make sure that we keep faithfully fulfilling our role unlike the priests Malachi is rebuking?
What did Malachi have to say about how the priests were fulfilling their roles at that time?
What kind of partiality may they have been showing?
How was God disciplining them?
Numbers 18:5 – The priest should keep watch over the sanctuary and the altar.
Ezekiel 22:26 – Her priests have done violence to my law and profaned the holy things.
Numbers 18:7 – You shall guard your priesthood…I give your priesthood as a gift.
1 Peter 2:9 – You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood.
III. Verses 10-17
Who do you think is talking in verse 10?
Who is the father referred to?
How were the Jews treating each other?
How had the people corrupted themselves (verse 11)?
What does verse 12 mean?
How did the people feel about God’s rejection (verse 13)?
Why was God rejecting their offering?
What does this teach us about people? What does this teach us about God?
What were the people sorry about? Were they truly repentant? Why or why not?
What does this teach us about marriage?
How does God view marriage? What is marriage (a covenant before God?) What does the word “treachery” mean? Why is this used to describe divorce? How is this different from how the world views divorce?
Who will not treat their wife like this (the one who has a remnant of the Spirit?)
What kind of wrong ideas had they been spouting?
How do Christians today weary God with their words?
What do you think God wants to hear us talking about?
What lessons can we learn from this passage? How can you apply what you have learned?
Psalm 105:8-11 – He remembers His covenant forever.
Hebrews 6:18 – For by two unchangeable things. It is impossible for God to lie.
Matthew 26:28 – This is the blood of My covenant.
Jeremiah 33:21 – …My covenant with the Levitical priests My rulers.
Proverbs 5:18 – Rejoice in the wife of your youth.
Hebrews 13:4 – Let marriage be held in honor by all.
Colossians 3:19 – Love your wives and do not be harsh with them.