Malachi 4:1-6, Part 3

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IV.  Look Forward    v5-6

 

Finally, we not only look out, up, and back.  We look forward, for Elijah is Coming.  Malachi tells us in verses 5 and 6, “Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. 6 He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”  The Prophet Elijah is coming first.  He already warned in Malachi 3:1, “Behold, I send my messenger and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.”  He came in the person of John the Baptist and he came to prepare the way of the Lord.  He came also to turn hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers.

 

Remember that this is God’s last word to His people before He fell silent for 400 years.  Consider what that last word was:  “He (Elijah) will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.”  Now consider as well, that when the silence was broken some 400 years later, God’s first words were much the same.  We read in Luke 1:17, “and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”  

 

Fathers are the subject of the last Old Testament revelation, and they are the subject of the first New Testament revelation.  There is a negative warning and a positive promise in these verses.  The negative is found in Malachi.  Father’s failing to turn their hearts to their children will result in God striking the land with a curse. The positive is found in Luke’s Gospel.  Father’s fulfilling this mandate equals a people prepared to meet God.  You will either turn your hearts toward your children and make ready a people prepared for the Lord, or you will refuse to turn your hearts toward your children and see God continue to strike the land with destruction.  There is no middle ground.

We read in 2 Corinthians 9:6-10, “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; 9 as it is written, “HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.” 10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.”  Sow bountifully and reap bountifully the grace of God so that you might have an abundance for every good work.  You return to Him, release to Him, and you will receive seed from Him for sowing so that you can see an increase in the harvest, which leads to verse 12.  

We read, “All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,” says the LORD of hosts.” The Lord of Hosts is magnified, praised, and feared because His people are blessed in order to be a blessing to the nations.  He blessed us.  We open our hand to Him.  He uses what we have to bless others, and that in turn is a blessing and encouragement to us. The Lord of Hosts mercifully calls us to return to Him, generously provides for us so that we can release to Him, and graciously pours out blessings that we can receive from Him so that we can show His glory to the nations.

 

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