Are you looking for a sign? Are you looking for your personal proof which will give you faith? Notice that in the Bible, once the Lord came people weren’t as interested as they are with the hope and the fable and the idea. It’s still the same now, and the Refiner comes…
1 “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty.
2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, 4 and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years.
5 “So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty.
God will send a messenger. Seems like God sent plenty of messengers to his people – Jesus spoke of Moses and Jonah as being enough for the people, yet they always wanted more (Matthew 12:38-45). Are you looking for a sign? Are you looking for your personal proof which will give you faith?
There are plenty of messengers in the Bible. And the one talked about today foretells of John the Baptist, who came to prepare a way for Jesus. Funny thing was (and is) that once the Lord comes, people aren’t as interested as they are with the hope and the fable and the idea.
We are spiritual beings with spiritual interest and curiousity. When we find out about Jesus, however, people oftentimes stand back because Jesus doesn’t fit their description of the god they have fashioned in their minds.
This is why Malachi warns that it will be difficult to endure the day of his coming. When Jesus comes back, it will be a surprise – a day of reckoning. Jesus is the great refiner who will test us like gold and silver in the refiner’s fire. Will you stand up to that test?
Maybe not if your god is fashioned in your image. If you are playing creator of your own idea of god instead of worshiping the Creator God you may not stand up. If you trust in the Lord Jesus you will be one who brings offerings in righteousness to him.
Our trial has started. The Lord will testify against sorcerers (those who practice magic arts), adulterers, perjurers (those who lie about their lives), the fraud-artists and oppressive bosses, those who abuse widows and orphans, and those who deprive foreigners of justice (word to those who do not welcome refugees…).
If you are bold enough to practice these things, yet you do not fear God (vs. 5), your trial will not go well. Who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears?
Kneel. Be humble. Revere Jesus…