Malachi 4:1-6, Part 2

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II.  Look up    v2-3

 

We see from this final text of Malachi that we not only need to look out, but we need to look up.  We must look up because healing is coming!  We read in verses 2 and 3, “But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. 3 You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing,” says the LORD of hosts.” The wicked will be consumed by the fire, but the righteous will be warmed by it.  We see the contrast further explained in Matthew 13:40-43:  “Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the close of the age.  41  The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers,  42  and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.” 

 

This Sun is first, a righteous sun.  The sun of righteousness will rise.  Jesus is perfectly righteous. He makes man righteous through the power of the gospel.  He corrects all of His spiritual diseases!  He is not only a righteous sun, but a healing sun.  The sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings.  That word wings could also be translated garments.  Christ came into the world to be the great physician.  He had, and has, healing in His wings or in His garments.  We read in Matthew 9:20-22, and account of a woman who believed He had healing in His garments.  “And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak; 21 for she was saying to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I will get well.” 22 But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.” At once the woman was made well.”  She was certain that by touching the hem of His garment, she would be healed.  In doing so, she was confessing that Jesus Christ was the sun of righteousness from Malachi.  She recognized that Jesus was not only the physician…He was also the medicine.  The sun is righteous, he brings healing, and he also brings joy.  He is a joyous son!  You will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall.  The coming of Jesus means freedom not bondage.  It will move us to leap like calves from the stall with joy!  In the words of Jesus in John 15:11, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”  Again in John 10:10, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”  The day will finally have arrived when the righteous will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of our feet.

 

III.  Look Back    v4

 

We not only need to lout out for coming judgment and look up for joy in the sun (Son), but we need to look back and remember the Law.  Malachi said in verse 4, “Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.”  According to Numbers 15:28-40, Moses had instructed the people of Israel to wear “tassels” as constant reminders of the Lord’s commandments.  They were thus encouraged to see all of life through the lens of the law of God.  

This is why we need the Word of God.  So look back to and measure yourself by the law standard of God.  As we look at the law we see that we fall far short of the standard of God.  We are reminded that we will be judged by a holy, perfect God.  And we are driven to the gospel for our hope!

 

Looking back and remembering God’s Word is vital to us as believers.  Peter wrote to the early church in    2 Peter 1:13, “I consider it right, as long as I am in this earthly dwelling, to stir you up by way of reminder…” and again in 2 Peter 3:1, “This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder.”  Look back and be reminded of God’s Word.

 

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