(3:1; 4:5) "Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me."
The gospel of Mark claims that John the Baptist fulfilled
the prophecy given in Malachi. But the Malachi prophecy says that God
will send Elijah before "the great and dreadful day of the LORD" in which the world will be consumed by fire. Yet John the
Baptist flatly denied that he was Elijah (Elias) in John 1:21 and the earth was not destroyed after
3:1Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me:
and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the
messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith
the LORD of hosts.
But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he
appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify
the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer
unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD,
as in the days of old, and as in former years.
And I will come near to you to judgment; and I
will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against
false swearers, and against those that oppress the
hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his
right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
(3:5) "I will be a swift witness against
... false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless."
God disapproves of adultery, lying, oppressing
workers, and mistreating widows, orphans, and strangers. Does this
mean that he also disapprove of slavery? Does God approve of slavery?
(3:8-10) God will curse you if you don't give him money and meat.
(3:8) "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me.
But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings." God is robbed by those who don't pay the full tithe.
(3:9) "Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me."
God curses the Israelites for "robbing" him by not paying
the proper amount of money in tithes.
(3:10) "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in
3:6For I am the LORD, I
change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances,
and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith
the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
3:8Will a man rob God? Yet ye have
robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
3:9Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole
3:10Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in
mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will
not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there
shall not be room enough to receive it.
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy
the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the
time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.
And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome
land, saith the LORD of hosts.
Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD. Yet ye say, What
have we spoken so much against thee?
Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have
kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of
And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set
up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.
Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD
hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him
for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make
up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that
Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked,
between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts,
if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 3:10-11