December 31, Reading 2 – Malachi 3:8-4:6

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SAA Notes

Robbing God! These words startle now as then. How do I rob God? This is a good question to ask yourself. 4:5,6 closes the Old Testament with the coming of John the Baptist prophesied. John the Baptist opens the New with his testimony of Jesus.

SJA Notes

So much promise in this reading, so much of God’s justice and His love.

This was a word for Israel, as they went into hundreds of years of quiet before Jesus.

And it is absolutely a word for us, as we walk this road today.

“The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.”

This truth is layered over at the end of the New Testament too (Revelation 19-20).

The end of things for those who are outside of Christ, it is fire. The lake of fire that burns with sulfur.

As we end the year, this is good for us to be reminded of. That our unbelieving friends and family need Jesus!

“But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings.”

This is Jesus, the SON OF RIGHTEOUSNESS!

And He rises with healing in His wings – He has bought us, healed us, whistled for us to call us home.

We are His sheep, He is our Good Shepherd.

  • Father God,

As we finish another year, we give You thanks!

Thank You for saving us, for healing us. Thank You for Jesus, the Son of righteousness. Thank You for Your word, that encourages and convicts us. Thank You for Your Spirit, who writes Your Spirit upon our hearts.

Please bless and keep us for another year.

Amen.

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