Malachi 4 – The Great Day of the Lord

Malachi 4 continues the message begun in previous chapters of Malachi.  The people have returned from captivity, and the problem of idol worship that has plagued them ever since the time of their deliverance from Egypt in the Exodus appears now to be under control.  But they are spiritually bankrupt.  Even their priests are rebuked for offering sacrifices of diseased animals (Malachi 1:1-2:3).  The “day of the Lord” is coming – a theme repeated in the books of the prophets, which always refers to a time when God will take some sort of decisive action – as he did with the destruction and captivity previously.  But this time, the action will be glorious for the righteous (verse 2).  In verses 5-6, as previously stated in Malachi 3:1, He will send a prophet to prepare the way for the Messiah.  That prophet will be John the Baptist, and is confirmed by Jesus in Mark 9:11-13 and in Matthew 11:10-14.

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/Bob’s boy
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some images © V. Gilbert & Arlisle F. Beers

Please note: I did not design the reading plan that I am following in my blog.  All of my comments in this blog, however, are solely my responsibility.  When reading ANY commentary, you should ALWAYS refer first to the scripture, which is God’s unchanging and unfailing word. Reading schedules, as well as a link to the site where you can get the reading plan that I’m currently following for yourself can be found on the “Bible Reading Schedules” page of my website at http://graceofourlord.com.  For questions and help, please see the “FAQ” and “Summaries” pages there.

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