“I WILL SEND YOU ELIJAH, THE PROPHET, BEFORE THE DAY OF THE LORD COMES” (Mal 4:3)

⏰23 December 2016

????Mal 3:1-4, 4:5-6 (or May 3:1-4, 23-24); Ps 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14 (R. Luke 21:28); Luke 1:57-66

????”I WILL SEND YOU ELIJAH, THE PROPHET, BEFORE THE DAY OF THE LORD COMES” (Mal 4:3)

We thank the Lord for the gift of life and for the grace and opportunity to share his Word this morning. He has shown me so great love and I will continue to serve him even with my last breadth till it pleases him that I should breath my last. May his name be glorified both now and for ever. Amen.

The Day of the Lord is seen as the day in which God is going to save Israel from the hand of their oppressors. The people of Israel waited eagerly for this day. Unfortunately, many of them turned themselves into enemies of God in that wait.

The prophet then changed their understanding of the Day of the Lord to now mean the day in which the Lord is going to bring judgement upon the enemies of the Lord. That would include the foreign nations that oppress the people of God as well as those who do not do the will of the Lord.

So the Day of the Lord would mean joy to some people but sorrow to others depending on how we live. This Day of the Lord can happen now even as you read this. Will it be joy or sorrow for you?

The good news is the Lord promises to send us a prophet to prepare us and reconcile us back to our Father before that day, and this is symbolized by the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:57-66). But the sad news is that this prophet comes to us on a daily basis but we fail to recognize him. Those little experiences you have on daily basis, how serious are they to you? Do you hear the voice of prophecy in them calling you to God?

May God give us the grace to be prepared at all times for the day of his coming to us. Amen.

I wish a grace-filled day. It is well with you.

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