4:1 See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.
4:2a But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.
Malachi was a minor prophet who delivered God’s message to the people late in the historical record. He was the last of the prophets chronologically, prophesying around 425 BCE. In this time period Israel had already returned to the land from captivity. They rebuild the wall around Jerusalem and they were rebuilding their nation. Yet, they were not without an enemy. Soon the Greeks would be clashing with the children of God.
What was the message of God’s last prophet before the common era? It was one of both God’s judgement and also of hope for all those who serve the Lord. Malachi was preparing the people for the coming of the savior. Like the many times before, God is reassuring the nation that He has no abandoned them, no matter how things might look or feel. Like the prophet Amos, God is telling them to seek Him and seek what is good and they will live. Seek righteousness and God will restore them.
As followers of Jesus we recall His words….
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:31-33)
Do not allow yourself to be distracted by menial or trivial pursuits. Chase after God and focus on living a life that is righteous and seeks to serve the purpose of the kingdom. God will raise up His followers and place them on eagle’s wings.
… those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (Isaiah 40:31)