What is this? Last portion of Isaiah’s prophecy? Second Isaiah’s later messages, upon his move to Judah? The message of an individual prophet in Palestine during Persian rule? Several different prophetic messages from different prophets? ???
Significant Themes Place for foreigners –Isaiah 56:1-8 –Contrast some Ezra-Nehemiah Downgrading of temple and cult –Isaiah 66:1-4 –Contrast Chronicles and Malachi True fasting –Isaiah 58:1-12
My Messenger Who is Malachi? –Malachi 1:1; 3:1 Dissatisfaction –Lack of justice and faithfulness [2:13-17] –Liturgical sloppiness [1:6-14; 2:4-9] God’s promised provisions –Messenger of the covenant [3:1-4] –Burning day / Elijah [4:1-6 (3:19-24)}