The Final Word


Malachi 4:4-6

Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Exposition

Introduction

  • Last book in our O.T.
  • Not Last book in the Hebrew O.T.
  • Last prophecy from God
  • Final Word from God

Exposition

  • vs. 4 – Remember
    • What? How? Why? (Deut. 6:4)
    • Law, statutes, judgments
    • Moses
  • vs. 5 – I will send- anticipate
    • Simeon, Anna, Zacharias, Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph, John the Baptist
    • What? How? Why?
    • Elijah
  • vs. 6 – Explanation in Luke 1:17
    • lest I come
      • a curse = ban = some that happened to Palestine when Israel came = destruction
      • depart from me, ye cursed
    • curse
      • justice in word ‘curse’
      • holiness in word ‘curse’
      • power in word ‘curse’
      • mercy/love in word ‘curse’
  • A contrast with the word curse – Rev. 22:21
    • Two final words- mutually dependent (cannot have one without the other)
    • Christ made law stronger and man more sinful
      • justice in word ‘grace’
      • holiness in word ‘grace’
      • power in word ‘grace’
      • mercy in word ‘grace’
      • love in word ‘grace’
  • Men believe in this order
  • Man will have one or the other
  • Same Lord will perform both
    • Will You Heed His Final Word?
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