June 10 – Wednesday Night Bible Study Listening Notes – Malachi: A love that never lets go

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Malachi – A love that never lets go

Main message from the book of Malachi is that God’s ______ will never let ____.

God will not ___________ you or __________ you.

God’s love settles our heart because God’s love is __________ in who He is.

God’s love is a testimony to God’s ___________.

God’s love is multiplied by the ___________ of God’s nature.

What are some characteristics of God?

1. God is _____________, immutable.

Malachi 3:6

I the Lord do not change, so you, the descendants of Jacob are not destroyed.

2. God is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent.

Isaiah 46:9-10

Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me. I make known the end from the beginning, from the ancient times, what is still to come. I say; My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I desire.

3. God is __________.

Deuteronomy 7:9

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands.

The more you know and grab hold of His characteristics/attributes the _________ you experience His love.

“Love discovered on a first date is never as sweet or strong as love developed over 20 years.” 

His love __________ us because of who He is.

In the book of Malachi _________ people need settling and He settles them through His love.

Historical setting

Lisa Harper

“Malachi is the prophetic ____________ point signaling the end of the Old Testament era which makes Malachi one of the most significant finales in history.”

For __________ years, God did not speak through a prophet, a priest, a king, or an angel, that makes the last words He said pretty important.

Historical time line Clue # 1

In chapters 2 &3 the book mentions the __________ temple.

This temple was built by ____________ and completed in 515 BC.

Historical timeline Clue #2

The book of Malachi mentions the same social and religious __________ which Ezra and Nehemiah faced.

Understanding the prophets

The term major and minor, only refer to the _________ of the books attributed to the prophet and not the historical or spiritual importance of his work.

Major Prophets

Isaiah

Jeremiah

Ezekiel

Daniel

Minor Prophets

Pre-exilic

          Amos

          Jonah

          Hosea

          Obadiah

          Joel

          Micah

          Nahum

          Zephaniah

          Habakkuk

Postexilic

Haggai

          Zachariah

          Malachi

Pre-exilic is a term Bible Scholars use when describing Israel’s history before the destruction of the first __________ and the Babylonian exile.

Postexilic is the term used to refer to Israel’s history after the ________ from the Babylonian exile.

Major characters in the book of Malachi

The first is Malachi, whose name means “M__  M___________r.”

Hebrew scholar Abraham Herschel

“To the prophets, God was overwhelmingly real and shatteringly present. They never spoke of Him as from a distance. They lived as witness, struck by the words of God, rather than as explores engaged in an effort to ascertain the nature of God.”   

The second group of people we see in the book are the _____________.

They next group of people we see in the book are the temple ____________.

Malachi does not have a lot of good things to say about this group, he calls them __________ and __________.

Literary style of Malachi.

Six times in Malachi, we encounter a literary form called Rhetorical Disputation.

1. An __________ is made. (Declaration)

2. Followed by __________.

3. A __________ follows.

4. An ______________ is made. (The aha moment)

How does the message of Malachi impact us?

In the book of Malachi, God lets His people ________.

He shows ____________ and uses these moments to _________ His people who He is and who they are.

God’s love settles all your ______________.