The book of Malachi has a number of challenges. Did God hate Esau and his descendants? Does God choose to love some people and to hate others. Is personal salvation God’s choice or our choice? And, the book of Malachi includes an incredible description of the coming Messiah: “But who will be able to endure the day when he comes? Who will be able to survive when he appears? He will be like strong soap, like a fire that refines metal. He will come to judge like one who refines and purifies silver. As a metalworker refines silver and gold, so the LORD’s messenger will purify the priests, so that they will bring to the LORD the right kind of offerings” (Malachi 3:2-3). Do these words apply to the humble carpenter of Nazareth?
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