Malachi 4

Malachi 4 has the prophet telling us what is to come.  He begins by assuring us “behold, the day is coming”.  There is a day of judgment that will come, and we will stand before God and give account.  It will be “burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble”.  Sin will be dealt with at that time.  God cannot ignore sin.  His nature and character won’t allow that.  So we will be judged based on how we have lived.  Sin is missing the mark, failing to meet God’s requirements.  And left to stand on our own, we will fail that test.

Sin will cost us everything.  “The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch”.  The only solution we have is Jesus Christ, whom God sent to the Cross to atone for our sin and give us the cleansing from sin that will set us free.  The outcome of judgment for those who are covered by the blood of Christ is that “the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall”.  What a difference the outcome will be.

In one case, sin will cause fire and destruction.  In the other, where Christ’s blood has made us white as snow, we’ll romp around like newborn calves.  No worries, no stress, just blessing in God’s presence because of the mercy and grace given freely to us through Jesus.  God wants us to “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him”.  We can’t remember it if we don’t read it and study it and learn it.  We have to spend time in God’s Word to understand what He wants for us.

God has sent us prophets like Elijah to teach us “before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes”.  We’ve been given the truth and the time to understand what God expects, to realize we fall short, and to receive His gift of grace that was offered to us through Jesus.  Now it is up to us to respond.  God moves in the hearts of those who come to him.  “He will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers”.  He heals relationships and sets us free from the burden of sin.  But we have to receive His gift.  We have to be born again!

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