Unit 18, Session 6: Malachi the Prophet

February 26, 2017 | by: Jessica Wilson | 0 Comments

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Dear Parents,

     This week was our final week in the Old Testament as we looked at the Book of Malachi.

After many years living as prisoners in Babylon, God’s people had returned to Judah. They

had worked hard and overcome opposition to rebuild the temple and the walls around

Jerusalem. Surely God would restore them ... finally! But nothing happened. As they

waited, they faced drought and economic uncertainty. God’s people probably didn’t feel

like God had blessed them at all.

     “It is useless to serve God,” they said. “What have we gained by keeping His

requirements?” (Mal. 3:14).

     Did God still care? It wasn’t long until they fell back into the same patterns of sin that led to

their exile in the first place: idolatry, covetousness, hypocrisy, arrogance, and abuse of the

poor.

     But God did still love His people. He had been working out His divine plan of redemption,

and He never gave up on them. God sent a message to His people through the prophet

Malachi.

     Malachi was the last of the Old Testament prophets. He spoke to God’s people

approximately 100 years after the end of the Babylonian captivity. Malachi’s message from

God was a wake-up call.

     God communicated through Malachi that the people’s lack of blessing didn’t mean that

God didn’t care. God exposed His people’s sin and made clear that their actions merited a

curse. God’s people needed to repent and turn back to God. “But for you who fear My

name,” God said, “the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings” (Mal. 4:2).

Malachi was a messenger—a prophet—who told God's people to repent. Malachi

also told about another messenger God would send. This messenger, John the

Baptist, would call people to repent and get them ready for a final Messenger, Jesus

Christ. Jesus would bring good news of salvation.

     Help your kids understand that 400 years of silence followed Malachi’s prophecy; God did

not communicate to His people. This period brings us to the New Testament, when the

silence would be broken by the last prophet before Jesus, John the Baptist. His words

about Jesus in John 1:29 offered hope to all who heard: “Here is the Lamb of God, who

takes away the sin of the world!”

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Cards below as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

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