We come to the end of Malachi and the end of the Old Testament, after which there is silence for over 400 years, until God's messenger and then God himself arrives, as foretold in Malachi 3. This last chapter therefore acts as a bridge between the old and the new, the past and the future, between law and grace. Malachi 3:16-17 reiterates the words of God from Malachi 1:2 "I have loved you", in that God hasn't abandoned his people, despite that fact they have turned away from Him so often. Those who turn to God are His 'treasured possessions'. But Malachi 4 reminds us that 'the day is surely coming' when Christ will return and wrap up all things. Malachi 4 can be summed up as "Learn from the past .... live in the present ... look to the future".
- Learn from the past - remember God, what God has done, and also put that into action in our lives.
- Live in the present - keep turning, or returning, to God, keep our hearts turned to Him.
- Look to the future - look to that day when Christ returns, and seek to remain close to God and help others to do so, so that on that day all who 'fear and know God' will 'rise with healing in their wings' and 'will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture' - Malachi 4:2
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