You have wearied the Lord with your words; yet you say, "In what way have we wearied Him?" In that you say, "Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them," or, "Where is the God of justice?" "Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming," says the Lord of hosts.
Today we come to a question and answer about wearying of the Lord by the Levitical priests, to the point of no return, and the solution - the coming of the Messiah. This passage is both uplifting and full of warning to us. The passage reminds us that there comes a day when the Lord says enough, and He will send His Son again, and in the same way - suddenly. This passage reminds us as to how we need to feel about the Lord Jesus Christ - one simple word - delight. The passage tells us what our thoughts and actions should be, using one simple word as well - seek. These two words are two words we would do well to study. I have taken some inspiration by a preacher Ivan Foster, who may have a reputation for things that I find hard to reconcile, one of church leadership as well as politics, but who spoke very convincingly on the word 'seek' using this passage. I have you to know he spoke for a mere fifty seven (57) minutes on the topic at hand, and did not repeat nor bore. I trust I can do twenty minutes in the same way!
We need to start with the question we have just read though, as found in chapter two the last verse. As you can see, Chapter three is badly placed;
it should have been started either at the end of verse sixteen of chapter two, or starting at verse two. Either way, it probably need not be there at all! We start with a statement: You have wearied the Lord with your words. What words were these? The context seems to be around the whine they were doing in that they were believing that others, either not Jews, or those that they did not believe to be religious like them, were getting a better deal from God, in particular wealth and material things. We have seen this elsewhere written in Scripture. Job for one says:
Why do the wicked live and become old, yes, become mighty in power? Their descendants are established with them in their sight, and their offspring before their eyes. Their houses are safe from fear, neither is the rod of God upon them. Their bull breeds without failure; their cow calves without miscarriage. They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance. They sing to the tambourine and harp, and rejoice to the sound of the flute. They spend their days in wealth, The sorrows God distributes in His anger? (Job 21:7-13)
This seems to be a different Scripture to earlier words from Deuteronomy 15: "If there is among you a poor man of your brethren, within any of the gates in your land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart nor shut your hand from your poor brother, but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs. (7-8) These latter verses provide us with perhaps the attitude of heart missing in the priests, especially in the context that envying wealth for wealth's sake is so wrong, for God says that if we have wealth, we share wealth. One suspects the envy in the voices of the priests do not reflect Deuteronomy, rather Job's lament. You see, God may allow the rich to get rich, yet He wants us to look after anyone less able than ourselves, including with our wealth. James is blunt: Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble (1:27) Note the opening four words - pure and undefiled religion. What is it? Is it giving, being the social security service to those around us in the congregation? Therefore, God is not happy with them - their words were wearying Him, for their heart condition was so wrong.
Knowing these verses offers us two responses - the take home lessons for us today. One is the gratefulness to God, that He has provided to us, enough to share around. The second concerns the heart attitude that elicited the response of the priests - that of envy. Basically, the priests said: look at those richer than us followed by hypocritical condemnation - they are sinners as well, doers of evil and God is delighting in them. The response is blasphemy in its own right. God can do what He likes with whoever he likes. If the adulterant child beating man next door has ten million dollars in the bank, and his house makes yours look like a hovel, what is that to you? Should God punish when we think He should? After all, the man has no future; His eternity is hell fire, total isolation from God, pain, and suffering forever. We tie so much to today, what we have, or had, what our sense of entitlement is, or more to the point, what we think it is. We argue fiercely over football, or motor car, or wear our university tie as if it is an achievement for being at that university, we forget one thing. It is all to nought, none will even be a second of thought in heaven, nothing of any material thing, status, or fortune whilst on earth will prepare us one iota for glory, it wastes our relationship with God. For while we are having serious discussion over who had the best model of car or such trivia, we have lost an opportunity to discuss some urgent matter of God, that may have led another to Christ. We weary God with our words.
Should we be concerned about how well some people do compared to others? It comes down to our relationship with the Lord, and our willingness to allow the Lord to do what He will with us, and gift us what He wants, whether we deserve it or not. Remember the story of the vineyard owner who went down to the square during the day at varying intervals. The first group early in the morning agreed to a wage - one denarius, which was reasonable so the commentators tell us, for a day's work. Yet at five in the evening, one hour before knock off time - interesting hours of work, he employs a few more for that last hour. He pays them all one denarius, for one hours work or for ten or more. We are reminded in this illustration of Jesus' that the length of conversion does not matter in relationship to the reward, as in being the people of the Lord, or in the case of our Malachi priest's, being Levitical Priests, it does not matter, for the Lord says when He tells this parable: Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good? ' So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen." Matthew 20:15-16.
Who are we to question God if someone with questionable morals seems to be getting a better deal than ourselves? What about the new Christian who seeming has greater spiritual reward than me, who has been a Christian for these last 50 years? Jesus in Matthew was pointing towards the Gentiles, where they were to receive the same promise, plus heaven, even as newbie's to Christianity in their worship of the one true God who was able to bring them salvation. Jesus says: "it does not matter what others get, it is about yourself, and your relationship with me. If you think that you should be number one in my kingdom - see my response to James and John when they asked. This point you need to be the best servants in the world, the humblest person, the one on their knees washing feet."
Let us return to the text and re-read the opener - You have wearied the Lord with your words. Does God listen to all that we say. It appears that He does - and do our words weary Him, it seems that they could well do so! An old commentator writes: Poor people! They had departed from God; they drew nigh to Him with their lips, but their hearts were far from Him. And yet in their ignorance, real or professed, of their own condition, they are surprised to hear that they had wearied the Lord. The truth was they were in the path of self-justification, excusing themselves and laying blame of everything on God - sure evidence of their own backsliding…. Observe also that it was their words that had wearied the Lord. How often is it forgotten that our words are recorded and brought up for rebuke or judgement! The Bible clearly tells us in Matthew (12:36-37) But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." This is sobering thought, we will need to give account of that which we speak. Think on your spoken words during this last week, do you cringe as I do, bow your head in shame? Remember Matthew 12:37.
So, I push the question - if I weary the Lord, how about you? Do we whinge and complain about the Lord? We do, every time we whinge and complain about that which He has put in place. Peter understood this, having opened his mouth once too often, as well as cutting of an arresting officer's ear: Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether to the king as supreme, or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. (1 Peter 2:13-14) Submission includes that of not complaining about that which God has provided for you in terms of government, or leadership, or partners, or children, pastors or Elders, or the police officer that stops you on the way home for some misdemeanour. Whine about the fine? God gave it to you by the man God had there doing His will, whether he knew it or not. He is sovereign, had His purpose.
So what sort of speech does God not get weary of? For a start let's look at praise and exultation. It is a good place to start. Thus says the Lord: "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight" says the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24) God wants to know that we understand and know Him. If we understand and know Him, we would not want to complain about others, and whether they seem blessed, undeservedly or not. Glory in God! Praise His almighty name.
Next, we may pray - talk to God, cry out to Him. We know from Revelation 8:4 that prayers of the saints are kept in heaven: And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand. David could cry out: Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; (Psalm 61-1-2).We also know when we cry out to the Lord legitimately that we can pray the same prayer found in Psalm 56: You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book? When I cry out to You… (8-9). We know that David was quite strong at times in his language to the Lord: This You have seen, O Lord; do not keep silence. O Lord, do not be far from me. Stir up Yourself, and awake to my vindication, to my cause, my God and my Lord. (Psalm 35:22-23), yet the Lord listens and records these words in His book. These are obviously words, though strong, and seemingly critical of God's silence, yet the heart of David was in the right place, his relationship with God was right, he held God in the position that God needed to be held, as we saw at the beginning of this paragraph, David understood God, and knew that God exercised lovingkindness, judgement, and righteousness on this earth, as the end of the Psalm tells us: "Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant." And my tongue shall speak of Your righteousness and of Your praise all the day long. (Psalm 35:27-28)
A great example and yes I have used before the example from Job. Job demands God answer and speak with him: But I would speak to the Almighty, and I desire to reason with God. (Job 13:5), and God does, with the opening words: Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: "Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. (Job 38: 1-3) to which Job can only respond: "Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth. Once I have spoken, but I will not answer; yes, twice, but I will proceed no further." (40:4-5). Thinking about it, Job had much courage to even voice words back to God, I think that I may have died on the spot…! God gives His statement here, as Malachi did to the priests and we will do well to remember this: "Shall the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? He who rebukes God, let him answer it." (Job 40:2) This takes us back to Matthew as we have read: every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment; which take as back to Malachi, and reminds us that our words need to be carefully said, and said in awe and wonder of our own creator, with respect, with reverence, and in obedience to His ways. The priests in Malachi not only failed to understand this, but were insightless, so Malachi spells it out to them - as we have discussed, that their words about others, and how they saw wicked people prospering far greater than themselves were wearying the Lord. Therefore, what we need to be doing, to enable us to not weary God, is about building our relationship with God. We have seen a couple of ways to do this already - prayer, praise and giving glory to God. What happens if we fail to go down that pathway? The next part of today's passage answers this.
The priests ask the question: Where is the God of justice? And God through Malachi provides the answer. Sometimes, when one is in sin, it may not be a good thing to know the whereabouts of God, for He is closer than we can ever imagine, and He has expectations of us. However, God showed that He was listening to their bemoaning, for He provides an answer to their question, and what an answer it was!
And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple. Did they quickly get outside and flee to the courtyard when they heard this? Having read and studied the preceding two chapters, this would have been a very scary thought for a bunch of priests who had had their sins laid out before them, and been told that God would rather the temple doors be shut and no offerings made, than the rubbish that they were offering in complete disobedience of everything that was written in the Book of the Law. We can see the sarcasm as well - the Lord whom you seek! [I know I have skipped a line, but it is not forgotten!]. This is God's answer to the words of the priests, words that were wearying Him. He was going to send His own Son, the Messiah. He would come without warning, and suddenly appear in His temple. This is prophetic Scripture of course, but a double prophecy. It speaks of the coming of Jesus to Israel, and it prophecies the second coming as well. The word 'Lord' tells us that this was Jesus Christ, the Messiah, for it is the word Adonai. Dennett writes: The two appellations are combined in Psalm 110 "Jehovah said unto Adonai, Sit thou at my right hand until I make mine enemies they footstool. He is also "the Messenger of the covenant" whom the Jews professed to delight in This title may be understood by a scripture in Exodus: Behold, I send an Angel before thee to keep thee in the way… my name is in Him" - proof that he was a divine Person, inasmuch as name in the Word is always the expression of the truth of what the Person is. Thus the One who should come is Jehovah, Adonai and the Angel of the covenant; all this Jesus, Jesus of Nazareth was, and proved Himself to be in manifold ways in His presentation to Israel. But their eyes were blinded and they would not see…'
It is useful to note that the priests have asked: Where is the God of 'justice', or as others render it 'judgement', the Hebrew being hytn (mishpawt) meaning: properly, a verdict (favourable or unfavourable) pronounced judicially, especially a sentence or formal decree (human or (participant's) divine law. When Jesus turns up four hundred years later, you know the story - they trumped up charges against Him, condemned Him to death, and crucified the one they were calling for here in Malachi. Justice did not prevail. The priests wanted justice but their future descendants, priests of Jesus's day, no longer wanted the Lord of justice present because He threatened their existence of power, corruption, and false teaching. Yet they use the word justice in the context of meaning 'may the verdict only go my way, or else I am not interested'.
Let us turn aside for a minute to the word 'seek'. Malachi notes that: …the Lord, whom you seek… will appear. They were seeking Him in order to complain to Him. Why, and how do we seek the Lord? In what way can we seek the Lord? Deuteronomy 4:29 tells us: But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. This was after God's promise to them that if they turned after other gods, and did not follow Him He would scatter them across the earth. When they are out there, the verse above applies - they will seek the Lord, and the Lord promises that they will find Him, if they do their seeking with all their heart and soul. But is this a good thing? Are we as if we were scattered, away from God, and now realising that we need Him back in our lives? The promise is good - it means that He never will let us go. But it is not a verse that we want to apply to our lives for it means were are currently away from God, but sadly this is a verse that applies to many Christians.
Lamentations tells us: The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. (3:25-26) and 1 Chronicles says: Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore! (Lamentations 16:11) These verses are where we need to be. God is telling us here that when we are His, we have to continue to seek Him, search Him out - remember His infinite nature, therefore there is a lifetime, and an eternity of learning to do. When we need strength, it comes from the Lord, and it is a good thing seek out the Lord for strength, rather than rely on our own. Colossians tells us: And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (3:17). Seeking Him, doing His will, doing in the name of the Lord Jesus; these are excellent ways. Seeking God should not be trying to re-establish contact, as we saw in our Deuteronomy verse, which we can read again in Jeremiah, or see in Daniel that which Jeremiah said that the people had to do: …in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. And I prayed to the Lord my God, and made confession (9:2-4) I pray we never reach that point, but it is of comfort to know that if this is a turning point for the people of God, in repentance and prayer, God will restore them, and make them fruitful again for Himself. No, we need to be seeking God for the Word, for all that we can do for Him, through Christ dwelling within us. Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:3-4)
Here is another take home lesson. This is what we need to be - not wearying the Lord with our words, as we are so often wont to do, but we should be delighting ourselves in the Lord, seeking His ways and His pleasures, and enjoying the desires of our heart, which of course will match His will, and His way for us. Contrast the sentiment here found in the verse we have just read from Psalm 37 with what we have been seeing in Malachi, and note the difference in the end point. Truly, seeking the Lord from the right position and for the right reason will give us that which we truly should have, a relationship with God that is a delight, a joy, with desire to seek Him more, learn more of Him, and do His will more often! Malachi tells this to the priests, that the Lord is coming, their delight. Pity this was sarcasm, and I trust and pray that if the same is said of us, - the Lord, whom you seek, it would be said of us because it is true, not because that is how it should be. Our actions must be always in a seeking mode, seeking knowledge of God, seeking to do His will, seeking Him for the love needed to love a neighbour as much as we love ourselves, or seeking God to strengthen and provide our pastor, teacher, preacher, worker for the Lord, the utterance they need to speak intelligently to the people whom God has place in front of them.
Here is a question for each one of us - how will it be when the trumpet sounds? Let us pause for one moment and just briefly read 1 Thessalonians:
For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words. (Thessalonians 4:15-18)
Will we be ready or will these events not apply to us? Will there be irony said of us; they said they were Christians, but were not? God did not recognise them, never saved. Will we be as in Revelation: And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?" (6:15-17) Again, I speak of one never saved, just fooling themselves, or never accepting the salvation of the Lord as theirs personally. Their names were never written in the Book of Life, Salvation once given by God cannot be lost. Perhaps our fate will be that of shame, of having nothing to present to God, saved as by fire?:
Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. (1 Corinthians 3:12-15).
Seek the Lord!
Are we looking forward to the coming of Jesus Christ, when He calls us to be with Him? I trust this is so, I trust that none will be left here on this earth, screaming for the mountains to hide them as the futility of empty worship hits home, or to be one who stands before the Lord, saved, but having nothing, surrounded by ashes, ashamed, making it, but at what cost? As with the priests in Malachi's day, the promise is with us as well. The Lord is coming for His own. Are we ready? Are we seeking Him, not from the position of being away from Him, but in His will searching for His treasure, His ways, His face, His character so that we can be like Him, through the Holy Spirit within teaching us, and Christ dwelling in us, living through us, with ourselves being dead, but alive in Christ? Seek Him.
We need to return to the line we missed. "Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. We have seen this prophecy elsewhere as well. The one that may be most familiar is found in Isaiah: The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; the crooked places shall be made straight and the rough places smooth; the glory of the Lord shall be revealed (40:3-5) we know this is John the Baptist being prophesied for the apostle John himself says: Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?" He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, "I am not the Christ." And they asked him, "What then? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" And he answered, "No." Then they said to him, "Who are you, that we may give an answer to those who sent us? What do you say about yourself?" He said: "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Make straight the way of the Lord," ' as the prophet Isaiah said." (John 1:19-23) Malachi reiterates that before Jesus comes a messenger will come and so he did as we see in the Gospels. Through this lovely little prophecy we see the inerrant Word of God prophesying in the Old Testament and being fulfilled in the New. The thread of gold, proclaiming the coming of the Lord Jesus, and what He would do, runs inextricably from Genesis to Malachi, and we see what He will do next, as the thread takes us into eternity as we can read through to Revelation. Praise the Lord!
What was important about having a messenger and what does it mean for us today? One wonders why we have the words: 'The voice of one crying in the wilderness' as found in John 1:23. I suspect that God contrasts this with our Malachi line: You have wearied the Lord with your words. We come back to words, some weary the Lord, some are there to prepare the way. John was there to prepare the way for the Lord, to open the gate for prophecy to be revealed in Jesus Christ. He was there as a marker and a signpost that the Messiah was about to hit the region and give the message: make straight the way of the Lord. MacDonald and Farstad note with this passage: In other words, 'the Messiah is coming. Remove everything in your life that would hinder you from receiving Him. Repent of your sins'. This voice, these words were to call for repentance, they were words that God needed to happen to open the door, shine the light, prepare the people for His Son, not wearisome words of complaint and grumbling against Himself.
Words are important in life because we communicate with words along with body actions. A bright yes on the lips, with a frown and shake of the head, does not usually mean yes at all. Words though have the habit of getting out of line, off the track, misquoted, misrepresented. Words against God, His people, His chosen ones, those He has ordained to the job He has given them are wearisome words to God. These are words we will be called to give account. We will also be called to account for the words that we did not say; the gospel when it should have been spoken, the omissions in our lives when we needed to speak out. John spoke the words that God had given him to speak, dressed in the clothing God had him to wear, and baptised according to God's very own plan, to prepare the way for His Son.
Today, for us, Jesus Christ gave us the Holy Spirit, to teach us, guide us, and give us understanding of His Word and His way, into whom we are baptised, though we still show this very act of God through the symbolic baptism of water. Again, this is another promised fulfilled in us. Jesus says to the disciples: And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth (John 14:16-17). This echoes the line here in chapter three of Malachi. We would do well to listen to the Holy Spirit, and obey, for the same deal is on as with the Levitical priests. They failed to listen, failed to change, in fact became enemies of God and killed His only Son for their own power break. We cannot kill the Lord Jesus again only our own lives. We can refuse to have Him dwell within, we can refuse His magnificent free gift, and we can throw Him away from our lives and never accept Him as our Saviour. It is the same thing, but personal, we will be separated from Jesus forever, and spend eternity in Hell fire. It is our death, but I suspect that a little bit of Jesus dies as it were, of another free will rejecting His free gift for just a few years of worldly hedonistic pleasure.
So there we have it, Levitical Priests, men set apart by God as His gift to His people, with a special covenant and special reward - God himself, grumbling against God, calling Him unfair, unjust, and failing to punish the real sinners, allowing them to get rich. They ask where God is, and what is He going to do. They get their answer, Jesus Christ, the Messiah who is mentioned in previous Scripture, will appear suddenly in the Temple. He will be preceded by one calling in the wilderness, and as we read further in Malachi: Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. (4:5) The Jews both misrepresent this passage, (though John came in a similar garb and message as Elijah), ignored Jesus both then with God speaking to them through Malachi, and when Jesus did arrive, so the words were wasted on them, and they received condemnation for this actions against God.
We live in a time where Jesus has promised a return to gather the saints, with God the Father's timing. He has promised us that the Holy Spirit will give us understanding of His ways so that we are ready for Him. God has also warned us of our words, that we do not weary Him, nor turn the heads of His people to false ways, false Gods, or even to gossip or denounce His sovereign ways as seen through His placement of leaders. We have learnt that we will be called to give account of our words on the day of judgement. However, the best part of these two verses is the appearance of the golden thread yet again, and in the final book of the Old Testament. We see the prophecy forecasting the arrival of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem at the Temple. We see the words that are threaded through the Bible are the forward looking history of Jesus Christ and the Church being woven into the very fabric of Scripture. This enables us to see prophecy fulfilled and gain understanding of what is to come. It is a joy in such a strong and serious book to read such positive words reminding us that the Bible is full of hope, promise, and knowledge that the promise will happen.
We learn from this passage that we need to be very careful with our speech, but there is more; there is action. We need to be seeking the Lord in every part of our lives and steps in our day. We need to find the Lord Jesus a delight in our lives, and have a great desire to know Him better, and to be waiting with diligent anticipation. We need to heed to the Holy Spirit, and grow in grace and truth, and be a place for the fountain of living water offered to all who believe, a fountain we can have flowing out through us to refresh, build, and provide to others, so the love of God is shared, peace and harmony reigns here amongst the brethren.
Let us finish with these verses from John's gospel:
"A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him." (John 14:19-21)
Let us allow Christ to live in us, that may we accept the love of the Father and allow that love to also pour from us, to all those that surround us, in holiness, meekness, and humbleness. Let us understand the words that have been revealed through Scripture to us, so that we are ready when the trumpet sounds.
 Ivan Foster (2004) sermon 'The One sought coming suddenly amongst seekers' found at: http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=140419198 (accessed 25 April 2014)
 E Dennett (1888) Malachi: or the state of things at the end. 32-33 Bible Truth Publishers, c2013
 Dennett, op.cit. p 35-33
 Strong's notes for משׁפּט ie mish-pawt' (h5941) http://www.godrules.net/library/strongs2a/heb4941.htm (accessed 22 April 2014)
 William MacDonald in Believers Bible commentary: Old and New Testaments (Edited A L edited Farstad), Thomas Nelson: USA, 1995, p. 1469