Understanding the Scriptures
|Abide (v. 2)||Survive|
|Refiner’s (v. 2)||Someone who separates pure metal from all other substances|
|Fullers’ (v. 2)||Belonging to people who wash clothes as part of the process of making them|
|Purge (v. 3)||Cleanse|
|Sorcerers (v. 5)||People who seek to use magic and evil spirits to influence others|
|Oppress (v. 5)||Treat unfairly|
|Hireling (v. 5)||Worker, a person who is hired|
|Wherein (vv. 7–8)||In what ways|
|Prove (v. 10)||Test, try|
|Rebuke (v. 11)||Prevent, turn back|
|Devourer (v. 11)||Things that destroy|
|Vain (v. 14)||No benefit|
|Set up (v. 15)||Prosperous|
|Tempt God (v. 15)||Challenge God’s commandments by not living them and seeing if there really is a punishment|
|Delivered (v. 15)||Saved from punishment|
|Spare (v. 17)||Have compassion on|
|Discern (v. 18)||Come to know or recognize|
Studying the Scriptures
Do three of the following activities (A–E) as you study Malachi 3–4.
More Than One Fulfillment
Read Matthew 11:7–11 and Doctrine and Covenants 45:9 and tell who or what the messenger is speaking of in Malachi 3:1. We would also be correct in saying that the Prophet Joseph Smith is a messenger to prepare the way of the Lord by restoring the Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days (see JST, Matthew 17:10–14; 2 Nephi 3).
Notice that in Malachi 3:1 we read about “my messenger” and “the messenger of the covenant.” You identified “my messenger” in activity A above. Who do you think “the messenger of the covenant” is? Why?
Scripture Mastery—Malachi 3:8–10
How could not paying our tithes and offerings be considered “robbing God”?
In Your Own Words
In your own words, write the people’s complaint found in Malachi 3:14–15.
What promises did the Lord give in Malachi 3:16–18 that answered the complaint and can help you in times when you don’t seem to be blessed for your righteousness while those who do not keep the commandments seem to be doing just fine?
Scripture Mastery—Malachi 4:5–6
You may be interested to know that Malachi 4:5–6 contains the only verses quoted (although not word for word) in all four of the standard works of the Church (see 3 Nephi 25:5–6; D&C 2; 128:17; Joseph Smith—History 1:36–39). From the many scriptures quoted by Moroni to the boy prophet in 1823, this prophecy about Elijah to return before the Savior’s Second Coming is the only portion put into the Doctrine and Covenants. Elijah’s return to restore sacred keys is most important. Read Doctrine and Covenants 110:13–16 and explain when and how this prophecy was fulfilled.
President Joseph Fielding Smith said, “Through the power of this priesthood which Elijah bestowed, husband and wife may be sealed, or married for eternity; children may be sealed to their parents for eternity; thus the family is made eternal, and death does not separate the members. This is the great principle that will save the world from utter destruction” (Doctrines of Salvation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. [1954–56], 2:118). Knowing this truth, explain what “curses” you think come upon the earth and upon individuals and families who know about these teachings but do not live according to the blessings and covenants Elijah restored. In other words, how do the keys of the priesthood Elijah restored keep the earth from “cursings”? Why is it so important for us to share the wonderful news about these things? The following quotation from a proclamation by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles may help you answer:
“We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets” (“The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102).
Explain what you think you could do to turn your heart to “the fathers” (your ancestors) or to your children (your descendants) in ways that would bless their lives forever.