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All Articles For The Prophecy of Malachi

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: December 1, 2006, p. 103. The Fourth Disputation: Chapter 2:17-3:6 (continued) 3. 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. Here Malachi speaks in further detail of Christ’s work as Savior under the figure of a refiner of gold and silver, but adds something about the ultimate purpose of His work as refiner and...

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The Prophecy of Malachi  VII. Concluding admonitions, Malachi 4:4-6.  4. Remember the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded him in Horeb upon all Israel with the statutes and judgments.  5. Behold I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the day of Jehovah, the great and terrible (day): 

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III. Condemnation of mixed marriages and Divorce,Malachi 2:10-16.  10. Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers? 11. Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god.

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1. The word of the Lord unto Israel by the hand of Malachi. The word of the Lord comes to Israel, the postexilic remnant that has returned from the captivity of the Babylonian exile. In the final instance Israel is the church of the elect as comprehending both Jews and Gentiles.  1. The prologue—Jehovah’s love for Israel, Malachi 1:2-5. 

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: August 2006, p. 440. The Third Disputation: Chapter 2:10-16 (continued) 12. The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts. In Israel the sin of marrying heathen wives made the sinner worthy of being cut off, that is, of death or banishment. In the New Testament it makes one worthy of excommunication. Nor ought the elders of the church hesitate...

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: May 1, 2006, p. 343. The Third Disputation: Chapter 2:10-16 10. Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenants of our fathers. This first verse of the third disputation seems to have little connection either with what precedes or with what follows, but is in fact an important introduction to the new third section of the prophecy. It is, though one of the most difficult...

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: April 15, 2006, p. 324.   The Second Disputation: Chapter 1:6-2:9 (continued)   2:4. And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.  2:5. My covenant with him was of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.  2:6. The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his...

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: April 1, 2006, p. 297.   The Second Disputation: Chapter 1:6-2:9 (continued)   2:1. And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.  2:2. If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, 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.  2:3. Behold, I will corrupt...

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: March 1, 2006, p. 255.   The Second Disputation: Chapter 1:6-2:9 (continued)   1:11. For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts. Whatever of spiritual things we do not cherish God takes away from us. That is the reason...

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: February 1, 2006, p. 206.   The Second Disputation: Chapter 1:6-2:9 (continued) 1:6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if I then be a father, where is my honor? and if I be a master, where is my fear? Saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised they name? 1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon my altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that...

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