Old Testament Commentary - Malachi 4

by Don R. Hender

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            CHAPTER 4             

At the Second Coming the proud and wicked shall be burned as stubble—Elijah shall return before that great and dreadful day.

  1 aFOR, behold, the bday cometh, that shall cburn as an oven; and all the dproud, yea, and all that do ewickedly, shall be fstubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor gbranch.

  2 ¶ But unto you that fear my name shall the aSun of righteousness barise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the cstall.
  3 And ye shall atread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
  4 ¶ Remember ye the law of Mosesa my servant, which I acommanded unto him in bHoreb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgmentsb.
 4a Remember ye the law of Moses This is NOT stating a return to the performances of animal sacrifice which was done away with and fulfilled in the Lord, but it is a statement concerning the commandments and judgements of the Lord as set out by Moses, that is the Ten Commandments and other such great commandments of the law, its statutes and judgments which mark the path of righteousness unto the Lord. It is scary to think that in the United States it is becoming ever more prevailent that the national position is to disregard the Lord and his commandments even to not allowing the commandments of God to be displayed in public places. This land is the Lord's own land, held choice above all other lands and it must be inhabbited upon the principles of worshiping Jesus Christ in righteousness else those who do not when fully ripe will be swept off of the land as were they during the times of Noah, the Jaredites and the Nephites. To avoid such a fate we must return unto the Lord, pay our tithes and offerings unto him and remember and keep his commandments.
 4a with the statutes and judgments Just what and were are these 'statutes and judgments of God which we are to also remeber and observe? Leviticus chapter 19 and 20 records a number of them hung on and associated with the concept of loving they neighbor as they self as well as properly keeping the commandments. (see Leviticus 19 & 20)
  5 ¶ Behold, I will asend you bElijah the prophet cbefore the coming of the dgreat and dreadful eday of the LORD:
  6 And he shall aturn the bheart of the cfathers to the dchildren, and the heart of the echildren to their fathers, lest I come and fsmite the gearth with a hcurse. THE END OF THE PROPHETS.