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Malachi 3:6-4:5, Psalm 126

Today as we end Malachi and the Old Testament, we do so in a week when a famous pastor made derogatory comments about the Old Testament, suggesting that it carries a contrary message to the New Testament, especially to the radical hope found in the resurrection of Jesus. I hope you see find this a terrible mistake, as such a belief pays little attention to the contours and development of the story of God’s people. Malachi ends his prophecies on a note of hope, that one like Elijah will turn hearts of parents to their children and children to their parents. Genesis to Malachi is filled with incredible hope and promises, in spite of the fall of humanity, as well as the ongoing evil and disobedience of Israel and the nations. From beginning to end, this first Testament sets the stage for Jesus’ ministry. I insist that when you encounter Jesus in the Gospels over the next few weeks that you will see how essential the Old Testament is to understand the message and work of our King. All the hopes of the Old Testament, for example, that one day we will frolic in fields like calves (Malachi 4:2) find fulfillment and realization in what Jesus accomplished. But we cannot appreciate the hope Jesus offers till we can see all the problems he addresses, and the Old Testament lays the groundwork to comprehend the great scope of Jesus’ salvation! Having read the Old Testament, you will better be able to appreciate the breath of life Jesus offers when He comes to make His blessings known far as the curse is found.
 

Jeremiah Vaught