Before Zechariah and Malachi, we should with the table of contents of the SunGrist book of Gospel in the Minor Prophets, review the total picture of the 12 Minor Prophets.
9-15: The Prophet Zechariah.
Recall that the last three Prophets are Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi; and you can tell that the book of Zechariah begins in Persia as the historical reference is to the reign of Darius, the king of Persia. So, at this point of beginning visions the children of Israel are still captive in the land of Persia. Like with Haggai, Nahum, and Zephaniah, do we expect more on eschatology? A s discussed in chapter 5, it is Mark rather than the Apostle James that quotes from Zechariah. And of course, it was Matthew in chapter 4 that wrote of how Jesus would come the first time humbly riding on a donkey. This was the New King for the New Israel!
NOTE from chapter 4: 62. Zechariah 9:9 and Matthew 21:4. As well as of other Old Testament Prophets when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, it was in fulfillment of several Old Testament Prophets and predictions as Zechariah. Also, from chapter 4 the prediction about some of the details about the crucifixion of Jesus: (3). Zechariah 12:10 predicted that Christ’s enemies would look on or gap on Him when they pierced Him. This is recorded in John 19:34-37. And we could go on and on.
In the subject outline based on quote sequence of chapter 2, the quote from Zechariah in Mark would the part of the subject outline of
2-12, “The Living God wants others To Live”, and from the fourth division of that, IV, “To the Disciples and to All”:
5. Disciples: will strike down the Shepherd and the sheep will be scattered: Zechariah 13:7 and Mark 14:27.
“‘Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, Against the Man who is My Companion.,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered. Then I will turn My hand against the little ones, and it shall come to pass in all the land,’ says the LORD, ‘That two thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one-third shall be left in it. I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined. And test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; and each one will say, ‘The LORD is my God.” (Zechariah 13:7-9)
It should be obvious that we have a refining of Israel whereby only one third survives. That remnant of the remnant will be called the people of God and will say that God is their God.
Then comes the Day of the Lord, the subject of the next chapter, chapter 14; and we will look at that in the chapter on the Eschatology of the Old Testament, before we in turn look at the Eschatology of the book of Revelation.
- (a) Malachi 1:2,3 and (b) Romans 9:13.
“I have loved you,” says the Lord.
“Yet you say, ‘In what way have You loved us?’
Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?”
Says the Lord.
“Yet Jacob I have loved; But Esau I have hated,
And laid waste his mountains and his heritage
For the jackals of the wilderness.”
Israel’s Rejection and God’s Purpose
6 But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, 7 nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” 8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed. 9 For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come, and Sarah shall have a son.” And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac 11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), 12 it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”
If you do not recognize the quote above in the NT or recognize where it is in the New Testament, which is quite natural, then look in the Appendix at the last Table, Table 11b.
- Other Two Malachi Quotes.
Malachi 3:1 Matt 11:10 Luke 1:76 Mk 1:1
NOTE: Malachi 3:1 is quoted 4 times in the New Testament. And what is Malachi 3:1. “Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek,
Will suddenly come to His temple,
Even the Messenger of the covenant,
In whom you delight.
Behold, He is coming,”
Says the Lord of hosts.”
You recognize that as: (1) words of Handel’s Messiah, and (2) Gospel in Malachi first of John the Baptist to prepare the way, then the Lord Jesus Christ Who is the Messenger of the New and Everlasting Covenant.
Malachi 3:1 is quoted in Matthew 10:11—
“As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 8 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. 9 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. 10 For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare Your way before You.’” (Matthew 11:7-10)
Malachi 3:1 is quoted in Luke 1:76—
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways…” (Luke 1:76)
Malachi 3:1 is quoted in Mark 1:1—
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the Prophets:
‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, who will prepare Your way before You.’
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness…”
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight.’ ”
- Lastly Malachi 4:5,6 is quoted in Luke 1:17—
“‘Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, And the hearts of the children to their fathers, Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.’” (Luke 1:17)
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