Malachi 4:2

WEEK 35: Malachi 4:2  But unto you who fear My name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in His wings: and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

 

His name means “Messenger of the Lord.” or “My Messenger”. One could say that he was aligned with the reform movement of Nehemiah and Ezra and condemned the same sins which they condemned. He must, therefore, have lived about 100 years after Haggai and Zechariah, or about 430-420 B. C. He was the last of the Old Testament inspired prophets.

The people had been restored to Jerusalem and the temple and walls rebuilt. They had become sensual and selfish and had grown careless and neglectful of their duty. Their interpretation of the glowing prophecies of the exilic and pre-exilic prophets had led them to expect to realize the Messianic Kingdom immediately upon their return. They were, therefore, discouraged and grew sceptical because of the inequalities of life seen everywhere. This doubt of divine justice had caused them to neglect vital religion and true piety had given place to mere formality. They had not relapsed into total idolatry but a spirit of worldliness had crept in and they were guilty of many vices such as we see today in Christianity today!

The purpose of this prophecy was to rebuke the people for departing from the worship of the law of God, to call the people back to Jehovah and to revive their national spirit. The Book of Malachi shows us: (1) Unsparing denunciations of social evils and of the people of Israel. (2) Severe rebukes for the indifference and hypocrisy of the priests. (3) Prophecies of the coming of the Messiah and the characteristics and manner of His coming. (4) Prophecies concerning the forerunner of the Messiah.

“Sun of righteousness”. While the wicked will be devoured by the heat of His wrath, those who fear Him will feel His warmth with healing in His Light. This is a direct reference to the Messiah,

“The Lord our righteousness arise with healing” The reference should not be limited to the physical recovery from the harm done by the wicked. This sickness is inextricably linked with sin, with healing coming only through the suffering of the Servant.

“Like calves of the stall”. Calves, when confined to a stall for extended periods of time, leap for sheer joy when turned loose into the sunlight. The picture is one of a joyful, vigorous, and carefree life.

This is that great day of separation. This speaks of those who have put their faith and trust in Jesus, receiving their rewards. This is when the Sun of righteousness brings healing and warmth to those of His own. There will be no more sorrow. We will be filled with the Light of God at this time. AMEN! AMEN!! AMEN!!!

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