Going Deeper 11-12-19

The first reading for Pentecost 23…

Malachi 4:1-2a   See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.  But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.

 

Just like Haggai last week, Malachi is a “minor” prophet with a message of major importance.  I cannot summarize it’s content nearly as well as this video from “The Bible Project”: https://thebibleproject.com/explore/malachi/

 

Haggai had urged the remnant who had returned from the Babylonian exile to their homes in and around Jerusalem to recognize the crucial need for a spiritual reawakening, of learning from the past in order to prepare for a better future.  He urged them to remember the Exodus and the Sinai Covenant, and promised that if they would seek and obey the Lord, He would restore them.  Didn’t happen.

 

Malachi comes along around 100 years later, and things have deteriorated so badly that he prophesies of the coming “Day of the Lord,” which would be a horrible time for the wicked, but a time of deliverance for the faithful remnant.  His interactions with the people are fascinating and very relevant.  Not only does it set the stage for the coming of John the Baptizer and Jesus the Christ, it also reminds God’s people of every day and age of how we are to respond to God’s goodness and grace and live as children of God.  It carries a very valid call to repentance.

 

A challenging and troubling read… but an important one nonetheless.

 

With You in His Kingdom,


Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."