The underlying problem for the nation of Israel and for us int he church today is a general lack of fear for God. Malachi gives us a wake-up call to return to total love and devotion for God. Gods primary concern with the Nation of Israel and with the church today is not our moral behaviour but our love and worship of him. Malachi calls us to respond to a God who comes in person and in grace to purify our worship. (Malachi 2:17 – 3:5)