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.
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.
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.
[Malachi 4:1-3 NKJV]
The words we read in Malachi’s well-known prophetic vision are addressed “To those who fear my name”. It highlights something which is often ignored by some; that Scripture is principally for those who already believe or are being drawn by The Lord — the Holy Spirit working in you is essential to understanding what He is saying to us. This has certainly been my experience.
The reading is from the last chapter of the Old Testament and is a wonderful prophetic bridge between Old and New. The first chapter in Matthew starts with a genealogy; the balancing anchor to that prophecy in the New.
Notice that we start with “all who do wickedly”; then move on to The Lord’s People and how “the sun of righteousness shall arise” in them/us. The third and concluding aspect is the outcome “you shall ...”. These verses provide, not only a link between Old and New Testaments, but describes the Third Testament — the one that is being written in our hearts. A new day is dawning; that day - which is now this day - is “the day that I do this”. It is here now.
“But For You Who Fear My Name”
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Friday 17th July 2020
Nothing that happens can upset God or the Almighty reality of Redemption.