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A Message from Malachi


1. The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi. NKJV 
1. The oracle of the word of the LORD to Israel through Malachi. NASU 
1. An oracle: The word of the LORD to Israel through Malachi. NIV 
1. Here is the Lord's message to Israel, given through the prophet Malachi: TLB 

Malachi is one of twelve Minor Prophets. The Minor Prophets are given the name minor because of size not significance. This book shares fifty ­five verses and approximately 1650 words. This book is a Minor Prophet because of size, but contains a major message. This morning I will focus only on the first verse. I want us to look at the:

1. The Bearer of the Book.

        2. The Beneficiaries of the Book

                3. The Boast of the Book

                        4. Burden of the Book

I want us to look at them in the text and begin at the end of verse one..


1.    The . . Bearer of the Book. v 1 d

                1. The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi. NKJV

A.    The Bearer of the Book . . Yesterday Was God's Messenger.

        1. God Chose the Messenger.
            a. The Word Malachi can mean messenger.
            b. Some think it does not refer to a specific man named Malachi but simply a messenger.

OT:4401 Mal'akiy (mal-aw-kee'); from the same as OT:4397; ministrative; Malaki, a prophet:

OT:4397 mal'ak (mal-awk'); from an unused root meaning to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically, of God, i.e. an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher):
KJV - ambassador, angel, king, messenger.

        c. I think the evidence is not compelling to think this is not a prophet named Malachi.

B.    The Bearer of the Book . . Today Is God's Messenger.

        1. God Chooses the Messenger Today.

2.    The . . Beneficiaries of the Book. v 1 c

            1. The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi. NKJV

A.    God's Chosen People of the . . Old Testament ­Israel.
            ". . . to Israel "

B. God's Chosen People of the . . New Testament ­Christians.

Rom 15:4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. NKJV

Born a slave around this date, July 12, 1864, George Washington Carver became a Black scientist of international renown. In 1921, the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee invited him to speak on uses of the peanut to improve Southern economy. After two captivating hours, the chairman asked: "Dr. Carver, how did you learn all of these things?" Carver answered: "From an old book"

"What book?" asked the Chairman. Carver replied, "The Bible." The Chairman inquired, "Does
the Bible tell about peanuts?" "No, Sir" Dr. Carver replied, "But it tells about the God who made the peanut. I asked Him to show me what to do with it and He did."


Do you and I really believe God's Word speaks to all the issues of our day?

We have a treasure in this book, it speaks to all areas of life and one who reads and heeds it will have a better quality of life.

3.     The . . Boast of the Book. v 1 b

        1. The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi. NKJV

A.    This is a . . Humble Boast.

        1. It is not the word of Malachi.

2 Peter 1:21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as
they were moved by the Holy Spirit. NKJV

B.    This is a . . Honorable Boast.
        1. This is the Word of the Lord.

            a. OT:3068 Yehovah (yeh-ho-vaw'); from OT:1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah,
            Jewish national name of God: KJV - Jehovah, the Lord. Compare OT:3050, OT:3069.

            b. That is why it is a burden.

Do you remember Jim Jones and his escapades in Jonesburg? Did you ever hear they used the Bible for toilet paper. Cults always mis-use scripture. Most try to have their own version of what they call scripture.


How do you view the scripture? I have seen people disrespect the scripture as they just were not interested in what the Bible has to say. Today are you listening to this message from the Word?

4.    The . . Burden of the Book. v 1 a

        1. The burden of the word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi. NKJV

A.    This Is A . . Heavy Message.
        1. Old Testament meaning.

OT:4853 massa' (mas-saw'); from OT:5375; a burden; specifically, tribute, or (abstractly) porterage; figuratively, an utterance, chiefly a doom, especially singing; mental, desire:
KJV - burden, carry away, prophecy, X they set, song, tribute.

Nah 1:1 The burden against Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. NKJV

Hab 1:1 The burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw. NKJV

Zech 9:1 The burden of the word of the LORD Against the land of Hadrach, And Damascus its resting place (For the eyes of men And all the tribes of Israel Are on the LORD); NKJV

Zech 12:1 The burden of the word of the LORD against Israel. Thus says the LORD, who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him:

        2. Today's Meaning ­ Heavy Metal, or man that is heavy.

        3. A Message that has to be delivered

            1) Because of the Call to Malachi.
            2) Because of the Commitment of Malachi.
            3) Because of the Consequences to Malachi and Israel.

Acts 20:26-27 26 Therefore I testify to you this day that I am innocent of the blood of all men.
27 For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God. NKJV

1 Cor 9:16 For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel! NKJV

James 3:1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. NKJV

B.    This Is a . . Heavenly Message.

        1. It Is the Word of the Lord.

            a. Every Sermon ought to be a Word from the Lord
                1) Preacher should pray for a Word from the Lord.

                2) People should pray for a Word from the Lord.

Two Ministers were on their way going to a monastery and a bad snow storm came up, they came
across a traveler who had fallen and was helpless, one monk said let him alone, his fate has dealt with him.

The other monk loaded him on his shoulders and carried him, the weight slowed him down and the other monk went on, almost to the monastery the monk carrying the fellow tripped on something , it was the other monk as he had fallen and froze to death, but the monk carrying the fellow had kept warm by the body heat generated by carrying this fellow.

He was ask afterward what was the most tragic thing he has seen, and he thought of that and said, "Not having a Burden to carry."


When I pastored in St. Louis a rather prominent minister retired at 55 years of age. He had invested in property and became independently wealthy. A friend of mine talked to him about retirement and was immediately impressed with the man's claim that he was out from under the burden and pressure of ministry. My minister friend then told me about the other minister's statement. I said "Ray, I will not judge Minister X but I do not believe God called me to be out from under a burden. I said that in my late 40s and I say it today at 66.

I have a burden to preach the word of God. I have a burden to tell people about Jesus and I do not want to get out from under the burden. Malachi had a burden.

Do you have a burden for a lost relative? Do you have a brother, sister, son, or daughter, maybe
a daughter in law, or son in law, grandchild or neighbor. There is a relation to our burden and a person's salvation