Summary: The Day of the Lord will be a sunset for a sin-scarred world, but it will be a glorious sunrise for new one.
Malachi Sermon Series (11 of 12)
August 11, 2013 Chester FBC Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A The Day of the Lord will be a sunset for a sin-scarred world, but it will be a glorious sunrise for new one.
1 Nations, kingdoms, systems will fall; but God’s Kingdom will established.
a Jesus’ reign as King, Lord will be established over a new earth.
b No more sickness, pain, sin, tears, separation.
2 Malachi 4.2-6 exposes us to some wonderful truths of instruction, challenge & comfort.
Malachi 4:2-6 (NASB) 2 "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. 4 "Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel. 5 "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."
B Malachi mentions two powerful prophets (Moses & Elijah) of the Old Testament whose significance should not be overlooked by New Testament believers.
1 Moses was the giver of the Law
a Given to Him by YHWH on Mt. Sinai (an alternate name for Sinai is “Mt. Horeb.”)
aa Horeb is also where Moses saw the glory of God in the burning bush (Ex. 3.1.)
Exodus 3:1 (NASB) 1 Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
bb God established the blood covenant with Israel at Horeb
2 Chronicles 5:10 (NASB) 10 There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets which Moses put there at Horeb, where the LORD made a covenant with the sons of Israel, when they came out of Egypt.
cc Horeb is where God made water flow from a rock
Exodus 17:6 (NASB) 6 "Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink." And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
dd Where Moses prayed for a sinning nation that had bowed before a golden calf
Deuteronomy 9:8 (NASB) 8 "Even at Horeb you provoked the LORD to wrath, and the LORD was so angry with you that He would have destroyed you.
b Malachi started his Word with an illustration from Genesis (Jacob & Esau) reminding the priests/people of the need to keep the Mosaic law - - -and he concludes his prophecy with a reminder to keep the Mosaic law.
c The Law was still God’s rule of life the Jews and if they obeyed they were blessed (unfaithful they were cursed.)
aa Believers are not under the Law for salvation, but we under the Law for sanctification.
bb The only way we can faithfully practice the law for sanctification is through the power of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.