Commentary for Malachi 4

The judgements on the wicked, and the happiness of the righteous. (1-3) Regard to be had to the law; John the Baptist promised as the forerunner of Messiah. (4-6)1-3 Here is a reference to the first and to the second coming of Christ: God has fixed the day of both. Those who do wickedly, who do not fear God's anger, shall feel it. It is certainly to be applied to the day of judgment, when Christ shall be revealed in flaming fire; to execute judgment on the proud, and all that do wickedly. In both, Christ is a rejoicing Light to those who serve him faithfully. By the Sun of Righteousness we understand Jesus Christ. Through him believers are justified and sanctified, and so are brought to see light. His influences render the sinner holy, joyful, and fruitful. It is applicable to the graces and comforts of the Holy Spirit, brought into the souls of men. Christ gave the Spirit to those who are his, to shine in their hearts, and to be a Comforter to them, a Sun and a Shield. That day which to the wicked will burn as an oven, will to the righteous be bright as the morning; it is what they wait for, more than those that wait for the morning. Christ came as the Sun, to bring, not only light to a dark world, but health to a distempered world. Souls shall increase in knowledge and spiritual strength. Their growth is as that of calves of the stall, not as the flower of the field, which is slender and weak, and soon withers. The saints' triumphs are all owing to God's victories; it is not they that do this, but God who does it for them.

Behold another day is coming, far more dreadful to all that work wickedness than any which is gone before. How great then the happiness of the believer, when he goes from the darkness and misery of this world, to rejoice in the Lord for evermore!

4-6 Here is a solemn conclusion, not only of this prophecy, but of the Old Testament. Conscience bids us remember the law. Though we have not prophets, yet, as long as we have Bibles, we may keep up our communion with God. Let others boast in their proud reasoning, and call it enlightening, but let us keep near to that sacred word, through which this Sun of Righteousness shines upon the souls of his people. They must keep up a believing expectation of the gospel of Christ, and must look for the beginning of it. John the Baptist preached repentance and reformation, as Elijah had done. The turning of souls to God and their duty, is the best preparation of them for the great and dreadful day of the Lord. John shall preach a doctrine that shall reach men's hearts, and work a change in them. Thus he shall prepare the way for the kingdom of heaven. The Jewish nation, by wickedness, laid themselves open to the curse. God was ready to bring ruin upon them; but he will once more try whether they will repent and return; therefore he sent John the Baptist to preach repentance to them. Let the believer wait with patience for his release, and cheerfully expect the great day, when Christ shall come the second time to complete our salvation. But those must expect to be smitten with a sword, with a curse, who turn not to Him that smites them with a rod. None can expect to escape the curse of God's broken law, nor to enjoy the happiness of his chosen and redeemed people, unless their hearts are turned from sin and the world, to Christ and holiness. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all. Amen.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Malachi 4

  • Mishael on Malachi 4
    You know in Job 1:6-12, satan stops off at Gods throne and asks to trouble Job till he curses God. This indicates that satan can afflict Christians. He has a will and uses it. That's Old Testament and we live in New Testament now. Jesus is at the right hand of the Father making intercession for the Saints. He is our Advocate, counsellor,etc. We need to be talking and listening (prayer) to The Lord.

    What are we listening to TV, radio shows, Facebook, Twitter etc. None of them preach a word to save a soul; heal the sick-anything. Your faith is on life support and you think God is allowing problems launched at you. Turn off the World and Tune into God. He is your Life support. Jesus is too
  • Chris - in Reply on Malachi 4
    Great food for thought and challenge. We need to be reminded to get out of our daily rut, which sometimes is sin masquerading as important activities, and look up to the Face of our Lord and His precious Word. That's why this Online forum by KJB is a great avenue to consider Scriptures in the light of one's own life and in the helping of others. Thank you Mishael for the reminder.
  • Why does God not care Part 5 on Malachi 4
    But, if these cannot convince Him to help them, ever, they continue to exist for the wicked's purposes-no more worth or value than a pet dog-undesired, kicked in the sides (not physically, for me, but others know that pain), and mocked by the whole Satanic family, only good for to be ganged up on (for the family to have activity to bond over and to share as a team), and used. I'm sick of Satan's tares' (Matthew 13:36-43) tearing up the earth and all it's bountiful blessings, created BY God, for the benefice of man, animals, and insects, and for the displaying of HIS glorious brilliance in artistry, engineering, and design, that man KNOW God DOES exist. But these TARES, having God's power
  • Why does God not care Part 4 on Malachi 4
    They MUST know EVERY word, thought, conversation, prayer, hope, dream of their prey, in order to destroy, for pleasure, and their purposes every hope, dream, and goal of their pray EVER succeeding in being TRULY (COMPLETELY/TOTALLY) FREE of them, their control, and their destructive hand(s). I'm SICK of the liars that masquerade as, and feign imitation of Christ's flock, going wheresoever Christ's goes, JUST as any other stalker! I mean NO disrespect to God. I am not angry with Him (was earlier, I think), thankfully, just weary, trapped, and tired. Some cannot escape WITHOUT the Mighty hand of God. But, if these cannot convince Him to help them, ever, they continue to exist for the wicked's
  • Why does God not care Part 3 on Malachi 4
    I'm sick of not being good enough (truly) to get my prayers answered by the LORD God on the matters of simply being ALLOWED TO become good enough to...get my OTHER prayers answered by the LORD God, one of which being able to converse with Him, and HEAR from Him, as did our brothers and fathers before us (Moses, King David, Abraham, etc). I'm MOST sick of the petty harassments of Satan's seed! They are abusers, and abusers HATE their chosen victims, but have an OBSESSIVE desire to control and to STALK! They MUST know EVERY word, thought, conversation, prayer, hope, dream of their prey, in order to destroy, for pleasure, and their purposes every hope, dream, and goal of their pray EVER succee
  • Why does God not care Part 2 on Malachi 4
    Why does God allow witches, magicians, sorcerers, wizards, and other wicked persons to impersonate Christians, preachers, Jewish priests, and others in trusted positions, allowing them to weary the very flock He entrusted them to shepherd and to serve? These today, being even worse than Eli the priest's sons (I Samuel 2:12-17), and the scribes and Pharisees of Christ's preaching days (Matthew 23:1-3 or Matthew 23 for God, the Son's entire speech). I'm just tired of all of the wicked getting away with doing SO MUCH to the innocent, and for God not revealing to men the truth about grave (but earthly) matters. I'm sick of not being good enough (truly) to get my prayers answered by the LORD God,
  • Why does God not care on Malachi 4
    Why does God not care about the victims of Satan's children (the tares spoken of by His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ), enough to hear the prayers of said victims? For all of my life, God has allowed Satan's seed to do harm to me, and to others, and God continues to give them more of His power, permission, and will to do even worse to even more. They play games that entail the death, torment, misery, and slandering of decent, innocent human beings, often to cover up their own perversions, often out of perversion. Why has God allowed Satan's to destroy His word via the heads of His temples, and via the corruption of His word? Why does God allow witches, magicians, sorcerers, wizards, and other
  • Adam - in Reply on Malachi 4
    Hello, it sounds like you feel frustrated about how you perceive God. Why do you assume God doesn't care, though? Did God not give mankind freewill and the right to do good and evil from the beginning of time? And did Adam and Eve not deliberately choose to sin and have the curse be on the earth (thorns, childbearing pains, struggle, etc)? Is life not extremely short and a test? Are we not all going to die soon regardless? So, does the timing of that death really determine whether one thinks God is 'good' or not? Those who are angry at God for disease, are they equally grateful to God for their life, family, health? Or just 1-sided entitlements? Why is God allowing things to happen "bad"?
  • Josiah Muia on Malachi 4
    Malachi 4:4-5, We have Moses and Elijah in the same context here.Hint on the two witnesses of Revelation 11:3
  • Tina Burris on Malachi 4:2
    Jesus Christ is the Greater Light that rules the Day! - Genesis


 

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