The Day of the Lord

Malachi 4:1-3

“Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace.  All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and that day that is coming will set them on fire,’ says the Lord Almighty.  ‘Not a root or a branch will be left to them.  But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.  And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.  Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I do these things,” says the Lord Almighty.

Malachi tells the people that there will be a day when the wicked are going to be judged.  All the enemies that surround the Israelites and taunt them and make their lives miserable are going to pay for what they’ve done.

We’ve had it ingrained into us so much that we are to turn the other cheek and take abuse good naturedly that accounts of judgment and revenge in the Bible bother us.  This is actually a joyful passage.  The wicked are getting what they deserve.  In today’s society we use the phrase “Let he who has not sin cast the first stone” as a cop out to turn a blind eye to sin.  We don’t want to call sin sin anymore.  It’s politically incorrect to tell it like it is.

It may not be our right to judge in all cases.  We are incapable to reading the hearts of men and women.  Our outward actions do not always reflect our inward thoughts and feelings.  However, God sees what we try to hide.  God is allowed to judge.  Vengeance is mine says the Lord.  And why can he do this?  Because he is just.  He is without sin.  Because he paid the penalty for sin and has offered everyone forgiveness.  The people that do not accept forgiveness, God has every right to judge because he has given them every chance.

Malachi 4:4-6

“Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave at Horeb for all Israel.  See I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes.  He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will strike the land with a curse.”

Malachi ends with a promise and a final warning.  The day of the Lord is coming.  The Messiah that the Israelites were longing for would come.  This passage actually projects to the second coming of Christ, but the Israelites were unable to understand this.  What they needed to know was that the Lord was coming.  This was great news for those who were waiting and continuing to place their trust in Him.  This was terrible news for those who were living like there was no God and that their sins would go unpunished.

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