Malachi 3:16-4:6

Malachi 3:16-4:6

– Our Time in the Last Book of the Old Testament Comes to a close and Closes with the Lord
Working a Response in the Hearts of the Remnant at the Time of Malachi…
– Throughout the Book of Malachi God has Issued Reprimands and Now God – by Grace Alone –
Works Obedience in the Remnant through the Reprimands…
Mal 3:16a Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another.
Phil 2:13 … for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good

purpose.

Mal 3:16-18 Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention
and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before them of those
who feared the Lord and esteemed His name. 17 They shall be mine, says the
Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up My treasured possession, and I will
spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18 Then once more you
shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who
serves God and one who does not serve Him.

– God has Worked Obedience in a Believing Subset of the Judahites at the Time of Malachi.

How?
– through the Holy Spirit illumining the Truth of the Reprimands and Moving them
with the Desire to Respond…

– All this is Amazing Grace and the Lord, through Malachi, is about to describe even Further
Grace…
– What is a Book of Remembrance?
– Persian kings made Remembrance Books that recorded services rendered to the king so
those services could be rewarded in due time…
– they were Books of Promise for Rewards Forthcoming…
This Particular Book Contained the Names of those who were moved to “Return to God”
Mal 3:7 Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts
– With this Book, the Lord Gives Grace Upon Grace…
– Both Working Obedience in the Remnant and then Rewarding them for it…
John 1:16 For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
– God Could Have Exercised Justice and Not Placed the Sin of the Remnant on Christ. He could
have All of Us die in Our Own Sins… but instead, He gave us His Amazing Saving Grace and di
so at Infinite Sacrifice…
Mal 4:1 For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all
evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the
Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.

– Mercy & Grace is Ours because of Christ…
Mal 4:2 But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in

its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.

– Earlier, the Judahites Asked Where Justice Was and the Next two verses Tell us What that Justice
Looks Like to Those who Deservedly Receive it… Praise God that We Get Grace Instead…
Mal 4:3,4 Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your
feet on the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty. 4 “Remember the law of my
servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.

This is a Grace Upon Grace
– When Christ comes in a Manger and Intervenes on Earth, He will Bring Mercy & Grace
to We who Deserve Condemnation…
– Between Now and When We Experience Eternity, He will Move us to Obedience
Bringing us Grace in the Here & Now…
Rom 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
– The Last Verses in the OT…
Mal 4:5-6 “I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord
comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of
children to their fathers…”

– Who is this Elijah? Elijah already lived (in 900 BC) – over 500 years before Malachi & a “New
Elijah” who is figurative would come & he will Issue in He who brings in all this Grace…
Mt 11:11a, 14 Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater

than John the Baptist….. he is the Elijah who is to come.

Luke 1:17 and he will go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of
the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make
ready for the Lord a people prepared.”

– The Old Testament Looked Forward to the Savior; The New Testament Looks at The Savior
An Overall Take Home From Malachi
– We should not try to Define How God Loves Us…
– God’s Love for Us is Better than Anything we can Define
– We should Never Question what God is Doing; What He is Doing is Always Perfect…
– We should never Question God’s Fairness or Justice…
– We should Never Desire Fairness or Justice from God…
– What we should Recognize is how much Better Grace is than Justice…
– All Grace Flows from the Cross that was Coming for Malachi (and is in our past)…
– Perfect Justice was met with Perfect Grace, Love, Mercy, and Forgiveness at the Cross
– God’s Grace is at Work in us Now through His Reprimands; God Works obedience in us
Through His Reprimands & He then Rewards us Eternally for What He has
Accomplished in and Through us…

John 1:16 For from His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

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