|Malachi defends God’s love for Israel. The proper response to his love is covenantal obedience and sincere worship.
|Israel must remember the Law of Moses (4:4).
|Malachi exposes offenses related to worship and criticizes the priests for allowing them.
|Malachi condemns marriage to an unbeliever as unfaithfulness to Israel’s covenant with God. He also condemns unjust divorce as a violation of the marriage covenant between husband and wife, to which the Lord is witness.
|Malachi promises that God will demonstrate his justice. He will do so when “the messenger of the covenant” comes to judge the wicked and purify his people.
|Israel must remember the promise of Elijah and the coming day of the Lord (4:5–6).
|Malachi returns to the subject of Israel’s wicked offerings. The difficulties the people are experiencing are punishment for their sin.
|Malachi assures the people that evildoers, who seem to escape divine justice, will be judged. The Lord will deliver his people.
|Malachi summarizes the main points of his prophecy: keep God’s law (the focus of disputes 1–3), and remember the promise of a coming prophet like Elijah and the coming day of the Lord (the focus of disputes 4–6).