The people of Israel had grown lax in their worship. They had become apathetic about God’s standards. They’d gotten remiss with their words and forgotten that He will bring justice.
Yes, God’s chosen people had fallen short of the pure and wholehearted devotion that He demanded and still demands.
But Almighty God used Malachi to assure them that He knew their hearts. He demanded nothing less than purity and righteousness.
His name means “my messenger.” It precluded Malachi’s job: to report the word God gave him. Malachi was to deliver the message of the coming Day of the Lord. The day when Jesus Christ would return to bring judgment and justice. His directive was to convey the truth of God’s demand for pure hearts and wholehearted devotion from those He called His own.
God would provide their righteousness in the Savior His Son, Jesus Christ. Then He would provide a day to serve justice. For Almighty God is full of grace as much as He is full of truth and justice.
Malachi spoke of the Day of the Lord, the day Jesus will come back to judge those who will not look to Him as Savior. Pastor J. Vernon McGee wrote, “if you will not have Him as your Savior, you’re going to have Him as your Judge whether you like it or not.”
It was true for the people of Israel when Malachi wrote the book, and it is true for us today.
The Day of the Lord will come one day. Whether we like it or not, we will one day face the one true and holy God, the Lord Jesus Christ. If we don’t trust Him to be our righteousness, we will face Him as Judge on that day, the Day of the Lord.
We have a choice. Will we look to Him to be our righteousness or find Him as our judge on that day? Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the only way to be made clean, the only way to true purity.
If we don’t look to Him as Savior now, we will only know Him as Judge later. Let us make no mistake, judgment will come. I know I will be ready, standing in the righteousness that Jesus alone has given me. Will you be standing there with me?