39 Malachi

Objective

To look at the prophesy of Jesus’ coming, in the light of John the Baptist’s ministry.

Ice Breaker

Play the repeat game. First child sings, “I went to the market and bought a ..”.
The second child repeats what the first child said and adds another word.
Keep going until someone gets it wrong.

Bible Card

  • Author: Malachi
  • Type: Minor Prophet
  • Written: 450 BC
  • No. Chapters: 4
  • O.T. Book No.: 39

Study

What did you learn about the game?

The aim is to show that no matter how hard you try, you will eventually get it wrong.
That is like trying to keep all of the law of Moses or trying to get to God by your own good deeds.
No-one is good enough. That is why we all need Jesus to save us.

1. Failure to keep the law.
Malachi wrote the book after the return from exile.
After everything that had happened, the people of Israel were still unable to keep to the law.
Read Malachi 1v13. They were bringing unacceptable sacrifices such as lame animals.

2. John the Baptist – Looking forward – Hope.
Read Malachi 3v1-3 – A messenger wil be sent to prepare the way for a purifyer who will help you offer right sacrifices.
Read Malachi 4v5 – Elijah the prohet will be sent.

3. Gap
Ask ‘When was Malachi written?’.
A huge gap, waiting for the promise to be fulfilled.

4. John the Baptist Arrives
Game: Spot the difference quiz. Ask the children to find the spot the difference between 2 pictures.
Spot the difference between John the baptist an Elijah.
Turn the page of the bible, and look an Matthew chapter 3v4. Then look at 2 Kings 1v8.

The read Matthew 11v14.

What did you learn about John the Baptist?

Look at Luke 3v10-16 What happened?
John the Baptist prepared people for Jesus.