- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Malachi 4
The Day of the Lord.
The message of the last chapter of the last book of the Old Testament is the Day of the Lord.”
What is it like? Prophet Malachi expresses it is the day of judgement and the day of hope.
It is the day burning like furnace, cleansing the wicked. The separation of the righteous and the wicked will be finalized in the coming day. Prophet Malachi envisioned this day as a final settling of accounts, when the wicked will be destroyed and the righteous will be rewarded.
It is the day of hope. The true worshippers(v.2) will be spared, renewed, and revived. They will win over the wicked. This vision of hope linked with Mosaic teaching of covenant in the first five books of Old Testament, and expanded to include Elijah as a forerunner. In the New Testament, Matthew 11:2-15, Elijah identifies John the Baptist.
The book of Malachi concludes with parental imagery to turn the heart of people to God.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?