WE REACH the end of the Old Testament today, the Book of Malachi, and with that we have completed our first journey through the entire Bible.
GOD PROMISED that the tears and fasting of the Jews who’d returned to Jerusalem would be turned to joyous feasting. Then we turn to prophecies of God’s judgment against the unrepentant nations on the Day of Yahweh.
NOT SURPRISINGLY, the exiles who returned to Jerusalem in 538 B.C. got discouraged pretty quickly and left off rebuilding the Temple. Thankfully, God sent a couple of prophets to encourage them to get back to work.