Deuteronomy means the restating of the Law; restating it to the second generation of Gods chosen people before they crossed Jordan and entered Canaan. This book is filled with lessons for those who have decided to take another, more serious, look at their new life in Christ and be totally committed to Him. Moses instructs those who love God to know and obey His Word, and the responsibility to pass those values on to their children.
There are seven examples of the people of God talking back to Malachi. These seven dialogues can be called, Seven Whispers of a Heart Growing Cold Toward God, because they describe the symptoms of people who have lost a love relationship with God. The mission of Malachi was to restore their relationship with God. Malachi prophesizes the Second Coming of Christ for the faithful, severe judgment for the cold-hearted, and John the Baptist, who will prepare the way for Jesus.
Jesus told two parables, The Unjust Steward and The Rich Man and Lazarus, which many times are misunderstood. There are at least two applications of these parables. First, while we are in this life, we are only stewards or managers of all that God has given us and we should use them wisely for eternity. Secondly, we should see the people of this world as the lost sheep, coins, or sons, and allow Christ to reach these people through us.
The book of Ephesians teaches us how to apply the principals of Christianity in the most difficult of all the arenas, the home. Paul tells us we must take off the rags of the old man and put on the new mans robes and walk in the Spirit, in love, especially in the home. In the fifth chapter, Paul gives Gods plan for families and that the father and husband is to love as Christ loves the Church.