This post is definitely a week late, and for that I apologize. I have completed the Old Testament though! Zechariah and Malachi are the last two books of the Old Testament. Between the prophets and the birth of Christ, there is a 400 year gap where God does not speak to Israel. God used the prophets to warn Israel of what was to come. One thing that I've gotten from these books is this: God did not call prophets to offer an ultimatum, that the people must 'turn or burn' so to speak. God called the prophets to call the people to change their ways and return to Him. God stepped in to discipline His people, yes, but the goal of that was not to destroy them, but to bring them back to Him. The prophets were God's voice to His people. God used them to turn the people's hearts back to God. God looks at the heart. Who we are is much more important than what we do. Because when our hearts are in the right place, what we do externally will match that. And now, being a week into Matthew and reading of Jesus' ministry, this point is made again and again. Put your heart right and the rest will follow.