Bible Passage: Malachi
Memory Verse: Psalm 113:3
Bible Truth
We should worship God with respect and honor.

Lesson Introduction:
Today, we are going to learn from the Book of Malachi. Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament. Malachi was written because God wanted the right worship actions with the right worship attitude. After returning to Jerusalem, the Israelites struggled to remain faithful to God. They became rebellious again, and Malachi was sent to warn them of judgment. He also promised a future coming Savior.

This mural is known for its size and beauty. Some describe the sun in the painting as a way to imagine God. He is the one true light and He reaches everywhere. Our Memory Verse this week says, that God’s name should be praised from the rising of the sun until the sun sets. We should praise God all day (and all night). Our image this week reminds us that we should worship God with respect and honor. The people of Israel were not doing this. Let’s learn more!

Watch Joel’s video, and then continue below!

Discuss these questions together as a family:

Who was Joel trying to honor in his adventures today?
What was Malachi’s message to the Israelites?
How can we give God the honor He deserves?

We know that God’s people had been disobedient and sent out of Jerusalem, their homeland.  Later, God guided them back, but they needed extra encouragement to rebuild the temple and the city. You would think that experience would be enough to make them always appreciate God. However, people are sinful. Those who returned still struggled to do what was right even after many years and so many second chances. The people needed to be reminded of God’s patience and love. They had turned away from Him again, and did not even seem to recognize their sin. Read Malachi 1:10-11. The people were not sincere in their worship, which was offensive to God. He deserves genuine worship. He wants people to honor Him with their attitudes as well as their actions. Discuss with your child why they think God was not happy with the offerings. Talk about how their sin was more than the behavior, it was their lack of reverence and respect for God. Invite the kids to share examples of things they do in an ordinary week. Use their examples to discuss how those activities could be used as opportunities to honor God. Explain that living for God may look different in every person’s life, because He has given us different skills, abilities, and opportunities. However, there are things that should always remain consistent. Primarily, we should worship God with respect and honor.

Use these questions for more Bible study together as a family!

  1. What division is the Book of Malachi a part of? (Minor Prophets)
  2. In Malachi, what did the people question about God? (Whether He loved them, Malachi 1:2)
  3. Why didn't God like the sacrifices the priests brought? (They were bad sacrifices. Malachi 1:7-8)
  4. Whose name will be great from the rising of the sun until the setting of the sun? (God's name, Malachi 1:11)
  5. What type of offerings did God say should be given so that His name would be great among the nations? (Pure offerings, Malachi 1:11)
  6. Who were the priests supposed to be a messenger for? (God, Malachi 2:7)
  7. Was Judah breaking their marriage promises? (Yes, Malachi 2:14-16)
  8. What did God challenge the people of Judah to bring to Him? (Their tithes, Malachi 3:10)
  9. Fill in the blanks: ________ to me and I will __________ to you. Who said this? (Return, return; God; Malachi 3:7)
  10. Fill in the blank: One day those who fear My name will see righteousness rise like the ___________. (Sun, Malachi 4:2)

Use the bible story picture to engage your child as you tell them the story from Malachi


Focus in on these Bible Story Nuggets as you are telling the story:

Malachi was a messenger.

God told Malachi what to say.

God said, “I love you.” 


  1. Malachi reminded the people that God loved and cared for them all the time.
  2. Malachi told the people to worship God and always obey Him.
  3. Malachi wrote that God would send someone to help them