Either Malachi had sulky kids or all sulky kids have read Malachi. How else can you explain his style of writing?
Everything is a challenge. Malchi is the last Bible book – a short job of just four chapters:
“I have shown love to you people,” says Jehovah. But you say: “How have you shown us love?”
And if I am a master, where is the fear due me?’ Jehovah of armies says to you priests who are despising my name.” But you say: “How have we despised your name?
“‘By presenting polluted food on my altar.’ ‘And you say: “How have we polluted you?”’
“You have made Jehovah weary with your words. But you say, ‘How have we made him weary?’
Return to me, and I will return to you,” says Jehovah of armies. But you say: “How are we supposed to return?”
“Will a mere human rob God? But you are robbing me.” And you say: “How have we robbed you?”
“Your words against me have been strong,” says Jehovah. And you say: “How have we spoken against you among ourselves?”
Enough already! Everything is challenged! Everything is hurled back in his face.
Malachi is the last book of the Hebrew scriptures. Just for kicks, turn the page. Find yourself in the gospels and roll that attitude onto Mary, mother of Jesus. (Luke 1:26-28)
"In her sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to…Mary. And coming in, the angel said to her: “Greetings, you highly favored one, Jehovah is with you.”
“In what way is he with me?” she shoots back.
“Forget it!” comes the reply. “There is my servant Ethel. She’ll do fine.”
I mean, there has to be a limit to insolence.