The Great Day of God
1 “For behold, the day is coming,
Burning like an oven,
And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble.
And the day which is coming shall burn them up,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“That will leave them neither root nor branch.
2 But to you who fear My name
The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
With healing in His wings;
And you shall go out
And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
3 You shall trample the wicked,
For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet
On the day that I do this,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
4 “Remember the Law of Moses, My servant,
Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel,
With the statutes and judgments.
5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
6 And he will turn
The hearts of the fathers to the children,
And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
February 9 Devotional Malachi 4
John MacArthur study bible is a great help in understanding this chapter. I have included a few of his notes for better understanding of the text:
“4:5 Elijah. The mention of Elijah was to announce the Messiah’s arrival. John the Baptist was a type of Elijah at Christ’s first advent (cf. Luke 1:17). Moses and Elijah appeared together at the Mt. of Transfiguration (cf. Matt. 17:14) and may be the two witnesses in the Great Tribulation (cf. Rev. 11:1-3). Most likely, this will be an Elijah-like person, as John the Baptist was Elijah-like (see note on 3:1). In that day, his task will be to preach reconciliation to God so that souls can believe and be spared God’s curse. He will be effective (v. 6).
4:6 turn…hearts. The very opposite of what occurred at Christ’s first coming (cf. Matt. 10:34-36) anticipates a general societal repentance (cf. Matt. 25:31-46; Rev. 7:9-17; 20:4-6), so that complete destruction might be averted. The earth will be restored to Edenic wonder, the curse reversed, the kingdom established with Messiah reigning, and the righteous Jews and Gentiles entering it. curse. Not the normal word for curse, this word refers to the practice of devoting things or persons irrevocably to[…]”
1. What do you think it means in verse 1 that the wicked will be left “neither root nor branch”?
2. In these final words of the Old Testament, what is the author trying to get us to heed?