1 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. 3 And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.
4 “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel.
5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”
My Bibles Commentery:
However, the destiny of the wicked is to be stubble for the fire. When God finally acts, the difference between the righteous and the wicked will be clear to all. (Mal. 3:1-3 Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord.)
Yet if we are all sinners, how is a different destiny for the righteous and the wicked possible? Echoing this prophecy from Malachi, the Lord sent John the Baptist as his prophet Elijah to call people to repentance in preparation for Christ’s public ministry (Matt. 11:14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come). John was merely the forerunner in Christ, the door is opened for all who repent to receive spiritual healing through his sufferings (Matt. 17:12 But I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man will certainly suffer at their hands). Jesus was burned in the oven of God’s wrath for our iniquity. He was crushed underfoot for our restoration. He is the Son on whom the Father did not show compassion, even though he served him faithfully, so that we might receive adoption as God’s sons through his blood. No one serves God and loses, just as no one ultimately tests God and escapes. Those who mock the gospel will go to utter destruction, but those who trust in the Lord receive eternal life and wholeness in Christ.
The Old Testament closes, then, with a word of promise ringing in the minds of its readers concerning the two greatest prophets of old: Moses (v. 4) and Elijah (v.5). When God determined to show the significance of Jesus’ earthly ministry, he had these two men appear on a mountain with our Savior in the transfiguration (Mark 9:4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus). Moses represented the Law and Elijah represented the Prophets. Their appearance in Christ’s time indicated that he was the apex of their messages, fulfilling and transcending them both, as demonstrated by his resplendent radiance (Mark 9:3 and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them). He is the One whom the Law and the Prophets ultimately anticipated–as he said to his disciples, “everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled”(Luke 24:44).
In Jesus the entire Bible clicks into place. The whole Bible is at its heart, the word of God’s grace that culminates in his Son. (Rom. 1:1-2; 2Tim. 3:15)
Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross so our sins will be forgiven and forgiven and forgiven……..
Please share any key verses, special devotionals you read and uplifting songs that you may hear. I wish everyone a very blessed day.