“I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.
Malachi 3:1 (NIV)
If you read the Chapter before this verse, and the one after, you will see warning, after warning from God. Even curses mentioned.
This verse speaks of Jesus … the Messiah .. the Son of God, coming… “suddenly the lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come.” See Commentaries here.
The warnings are about how “He will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. [vs3] He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver.” Malachi 3:2b …And before this … “But who can endure the day of His coming? Who can stand when he appears?”Malachi 3:2a (NIV). In the NLT version it says “For he will be like a blazing fire that refines metal, or like a strong soap that bleaches clothes.”
Are we SERIOUS about God? The Son of God is a refiner … .a blazing fire that refines metal. Wow. If you aren’t acting right…and you know it .. don’t expect God to sit you down and give you a massage and say … “oh, I know you had a hard day … what can I do for you..?” Lol. Get up. Sort yourself out. The race is before you. It’s not going anywhere….the question is…are YOU?! 😀
And I don’t mean just any … “I read my bible and prayed today” .. I mean really. Are you having deep meaningful fellowship with God, and is it changing your life?
Because.. I’m reading these two chapters.. and I’m seeing a God who isn’t messing around. He gave this earth to us for our dominion, and for us to Look After it…to be good stewards.
As He says in verse 6 “I the Lord do not change.”
The verses in Chapter 3 continue about tithing, and not robbing from God. They also speak of how there is such blessing if you bring the whole tithe in.
Chapter 2 started with God speaking to the Levites… the Priests. [Remember that we are now recognized as priests since accepting Christ. 1 Peter2:9] So God says: “…O Priests. If you do not listen, and if you do not set your heart to honor my name,” Says the Lord Almighty, “I will send a curse upon you and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not set your heart to honor me.” And it goes on ..”Because of you, I will rebuke your descendants; I will spread on your faces the offal from your festival sacrifices, and you will be carried off with it.” The Bible continues down this track .. Wow!
Again, as 1 Peter2:9 declares “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
The call that rests on us…. the consequences … the race before us.
So… let us pray!