Table of Contents

 

Introduction

Title and Writer

Date

Historical Background

Place of Composition

Audience and Purpose

Theological emphases

Literary form and characteristics

Unity, canonicity, and text

Outline

Message

Exposition

I. Introduction 1:1

II. The priests exhorted not to dishonor the Lord (the theological angle) 1:22:9

A. Positive motivation: the Lord's love 1:2-5

B. Situation: the priests' failure to honor the Lord 1:6-9

C. Command: stop the pointless offerings 1:10

D. Situation: the priests' worship profaning the Lord's name 1:11-14

E. Negative motivation: the results of disobedience 2:1-9

III. Judah exhorted to faithfulness (the social angle) 2:103:6

A. Positive motivation: spiritual kinship among Israel 2:10a

B. Situation: faithlessness against a covenant member 2:10b-15a

C. Command: stop acting faithlessly 2:15b-16

D. Situation: complaints of the Lord's injustice 2:17

E. Negative motivation: the coming messenger of judgment 3:1-6

IV. Judah exhorted to return and remember (the economic angle) 3:74:6

A. First command: return to the Lord with tithes 3:7-10a

B. Positive motivation: future blessing 3:10b-12

C. Situation: complacency toward serving the Lord 3:13-15

D. Motivation: the coming day 3:164:3

E. Second command: remember the Law 4:4-6

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