And what is the ''burden'' of the Lord's message by Malachi? ''I have loved you, saith the Lord'' (1:2). What a message to a people who were disappointing God's love!
Amidst all the hypocrisy and formalism there was a little remnant who feared the Lord. His ear was bent down to hear them as they spoke together of Him. He promised that they should be His own special treasure in the coming Day of the Lord [3:16-18]. That Day should be as an oven and consume the wicked as stubble, but it should arise upon this faithful remnant as ''The Sun of Righteousness with healing in His wings'' [4:1,2].
The Old Testament closes with the word ''curse.'' But it is expressive of the great desire of God's love to avert it, for He says ''Lest I come and smite the earth with a curse'' [4:6].
The New Testament closes with blessing. ''The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.'' [Rev 22:21]
A silence of 400 years lay between the voice of Malachi and the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ''Prepare ye the way of the Lord'' [Isa 40:3; Mal 3:1a]. ''But there is a remarkable link between the two testaments: the last figures on the inspired page of Malachi, and the first on the inspired page of Matthew, are the Angel [ie., 'the Divine Messenger'] of the Covenant [ie., Christ] and His Forerunner [ie., John the Baptist]'' ( [text in quotes, outside of brackets, is from] Dr. Pierson). [cp. Mal 3:1,2; Mat 3:1-17; John 1:6-8,19-34]