Originally posted on February 7, 2022 @ 6:37 pm
I wrote this for a friend today and wanted to share it with you. Pretty interesting little book, the last book of the Tanakh (Old Testament). The Old Testament and Tanakh contain the same information, but the Tanakh has some things combined and in different order. But the information is the same. I prefer using “Tanakh” over “Old Testament” because “Old Testament” implies that the books have been made obsolete by some kind of “New Testament”. Nope.
Malachi is a short book, only four short chapters. Its interesting because it has the Words of Yahuah in it discussing some important matters, and ends at the end of man’s time on earth. This gives us a look at Torah in the future, which is rather handy, don’t you agree?
Malachi (Means “Messenger”)
Mal 1:3 And I (Yahuah) hated Esau,
Mal 1:6 A son honors his father, and a servant his adoniy: if then I be a Father, where is my honor? And if I be an adoniy, where is my fear? Says Yahuah Tseva’oth unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised your name?
—–Father hated Esau yet loved Ya’acob, and they were twins both born together. So being related even as twins to a wrongdoer does not spill over onto the innocent. As in Torah, we are to judge every man independently of the judgements of all others. Never showing partiality to any man, never applying a standard solution to a problem but looking at every transgression or transaction individually and weighing decisions on the specifics VS the standards in Torah.
Mal 1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon my altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted you? In that ye say, The table of Yahuah is contemptible.
Mal 1:8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it now unto your governor; will he be pleased with you, or accept your person? Says Yahuah Tseva’oth.
—–Offering defiled tribute to Yahuah is sin. It transgresses the Words of Yahuah. Offering sin as a gift or tithe to Yahuah is a supreme insult. It approaches blasphemy, and is certainly vile, cheap, cowardly, low, disrespectful, contemptuous.
Mal 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the other nations; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, says Yahuah Tseva’oth.
Mal 1:12 But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of Yahuah is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.
—– A pure offering, unpolluted by rot, clean, perfect and valuable – this is what the heathen, the non-Hebrew, the foreigners will offer (future) as tribute. He will (future) be great among the nations. But the Hebrew has offered rotten meat, defiled offerings that should never be offered to Yahuah. The contempt for Him is evident in the low-value offerings of the Hebrews.
Mal 1:14 But cursed be the deceiver, which has in his flock a male, and vows, and sacrifices unto Adonai a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, says Yahuah Tseva’oth, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.
—–The deceiver, the liar, the fraud, the schemer, the thief – cursed is he because he had a valuable offering, a high value tribute to offer unto the King of Kings and vowed to offer it as a tribute to the King of Kings, but when it came time to keep his word, substituted an inferior, low-value sacrifice and kept the best for himself, robbing Yahuah of what is His by right of kingship. The foreigners respect Him more than the people He rescued out of Egypt.
Mal 2:2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, says Yahuah Tseva’oth, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.
—– If we do not listen and take His ords to heart, Yahuah will curse us, even cursing our blessings to others specifically because we do not obey His commands.
Mal 2:3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.
—– Yahuah will corrupt our children and shame our faces for all to see, and someone will come to take us away to be burned with the offal.
Mal 2:4 And ye shall know that I have sent את this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Leviy, says Yahuah Tseva’oth.
Mal 2:5 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.
Mal 2:6 The Torah of Truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.
—– Levy kept the commands of Yahuah, and spoke of those commands and the righteousness of them continually. Yahuah covenanted with Levi peace and life for the respect which Levi gave to Yahuah continually. Levi walked with Yahuah in equity: Justice achieved not simply according to the strict letter of the law but in accordance with principles of substantial justice and the unique facts of the case. This is Torah – each case on its own merits, weighing all factors to arrive at a fair and equitable outcome. Levy was Just, and He feared Yahuah because Yahuah deserved fearing. This is Righteousness.
Mal 2:7 For the priest’s lips should guard knowledge, and they should seek the Torah at his mouth: for he is the messenger of Yahuah Tseva’oth.
Mal 2:8 But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the Torah; ye have corrupted the covenant of Leviy, says Yahuah Tseva’oth.
Mal 2:9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not guarded my ways, but have been partial in the Torah.
—– We are required to correct the errors of others when speaking of the Words. It is the way of those who walk in the Way. Torah is the scale by which all decisions are weighed, and we weigh those decisions through Torah because Torah is of Yahuah. Some priests show partiality, polluting right rulings through bias in favor of one person over another, cheating the disfavored and distorting Truth. These are dispicable acts of the lowest kind and condemned by the Natsarim, who guard the Truth with no partiality and no respect for title, position, wealth or power.
Mal 3:8 Will a man rob Elohiym? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed you? In tithes and offerings.
Mal 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
Mal 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house, and prove me now herewith, says Yahuah Tseva’oth, if I will not open you את the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
—– These are His people, those people who should follow Yauhah in every command, forever. These are His chosen ones, as are all who are called to follow Yahuah, and get baptized and keep His commands. That is the Way, and all who walk in the Way necessarily tithe of their increase to Yahuah. There is no sacrifice now, not of animals or grains, but there is the tithe and as is true for all of the commands of Yahuah, it is forever. The commands are forever. When Yahusha instructed the vipers “Let he among you who is without sin cast the first stone“, if the commands of Yahuah expired with the coming of Messiah, then the requirement of stoning would not have been ruled upon by Yahusha. Yet He did not deny the validity of the Law, only the implementation of that law (stoning) by a group of men who were guilty of far more transgression than the adulteress. By His standard, He alone was qualified to judge the woman, and He forgave her without her even having to ask Him to forgive her. He kept the Law, or Instructions, perfectly. In doing so, he fulfilled the Law, but He also validated that the Law lives alongside Himself. The Way – salvation and Torah. The Dragon comes to destroy one group of people, identifiable by two attributes: They have the testimony of Yahusha and keep the Commands of Yahuah. These sons of Yahuah are the only threat the Dragon faces.
The Book of Remembrance
Mal 3:16 Then they that feared Yahuah spoke often one to another: and Yahuah hearkened, and heard it, and a cepher of record was written before him for them that feared Yahuah, and that thought upon his name.
Mal 3:17 And they shall be mine, says Yahuah Tseva’oth, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spares his own son that serves him.
Mal 3:18 Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serves Elohiym and him that serves him not.
—–There were some there who righteously feared Yahuah, and they discussed these things between one another at length. Yahuah heard these conversations and their conclusions and made a note of it, establishing that in the latter days, when His Day arrives, He will spare these who fear Him from among those who do not, caring for them as He would His own son. They will return at His command to judge between those who kept His commands and those who did not. These guard the Truth, and rightly divide the Words. They are selected to separate the Righteous from the unrighteous, and He comes to separate them with a great and terrible flaming sword. It is near, even now.
The Future And The Day Of Yahuah
Mal 4:1 FOR, behold, the day comes, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that comes shall burn them up, says Yahuah Tseva’oth, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
—– That day is approaching now. The unrighteous will perish forever from the earth.
Mal 4:2 But unto you that fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
Mal 4:3 And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, says Yahuah Tseva’oth.
—–We will prosper in gladness and peace and fellowship after the Great Day of Yahuah and the destruction of the wicked.
Mal 4:4 Remember ye the Torah of Mosheh my servant, which I commanded unto him in Chorev for all Yashar’el, with the commandments and judgments.
—– Remember in those days to keep Torah, which is forever. Bear in our hearts the commands Yahuah gave to Moshe, the commands that are for eternity. Speak it from our lips and instruct any who have ears to hear the Words of Yahuah. Abide in Truth.
Mal 4:5 Behold, I will send you את Eliyahu the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of Yahuah:
—–Eliyahu comes before the Day of Yahuah, to prepare the Righteous for the Day. And at last we will have obedient and happy children. It takes the end of man to accomplish that 🙂
Mal 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.