This week Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion for Toldot, covering Malachi 1:1-2:7. If context is key, Gordon and Johnson have opened the door. We learn the exact historical context of Malachi’s message, a specific event at Sinai to which he referred, and the current events on the Temple Mount that prove the Prophet’s words to be as relevant as ever. Gordon tracks down a lost root to clarify the job description of a “messenger” and sets the record straight on “Levites,” “priests” and “cohanim.” Regarding Malachi’s prophecy, “my name is great among the nations,” Gordon tells of Icelanders and Filipinos who have gathered themselves with Yehovah and encourages listeners to be ready to do likewise.
"For from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting, my name is great among the nations..." Malachi 1:11
The image above comes from an altarpiece in a church in Ketilsvellir, Iceland from 1768. The altarpiece serves as a living illustration of the verse: "For from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting, my name is great among the nations..." Malachi 1:11. The altarpiece depicts the Tetragrammaton, the name of God יְהוָֹה "Yehovah," written with full Hebrew consonants and vowels. God's name is set inside a triangle representing the three Hebrew verbs that together form His name: Hayah ("He that was"), Hoveh ("He that is"), and Yihyeh ("He that will be" or "He that is to come"). The rays of light coming from the name represent the divine "glory." Image used by permission of the National Museum of Iceland.