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2 posted on 10/05/2011 8:21:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From: Malachi 3:13-4:2 (NAB Mal 3:13-20b)

Sixth Exchange: The Righteous on the Day of the Lord


[13] “Your words have been stout against me, says the Lord. Yet you say,
‘How have we spoken against thee?’ [14] You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God.
What is the good of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before
the Lord of hosts? [15] Henceforth we deem the arrogant blessed; evildoers not
only prosper but when they put God to the test they escape.’”

[16] Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another; the Lord heeded
and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those
who feared the Lord and thought on his name. [17] “They shall be mine, says
the Lord of hosts, my special possession on the day when I act, and I will
spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. [18] Then once more
you shall distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who
serves God and one who does not serve him.

[1] “For behold, the day comes, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and
all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the
Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. [2] But for you
who fear my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.
You shall go forth leaping like calves from the stall.

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Commentary:

3:13-4:3. The question posed here is similar to that in the fourth “dispute” (2:17-
3:5): if things go well for those who do evil and tempt God (v. 15), why should
one obey the Lord’s commandments (v. 14)? The prophet’s reply is very similar
to his previous one (cf. 3:2, 5): he announces a day of judgment when the wi-
cked will be destroyed (4:1, 3). However, Malachi is more explicit than he was
earlier as regards the reward of the righteous. The Lord is not unaware of the
trials and worries of those who fear him; in fact he is like a great king who re-
cords in his annals (cf. Esther 6:1-3) the good deeds of the just (3:16). There-
fore, the day when the Lord reveals himself will be for them a day of splendour
and inexpressible joy (4:2), for they enjoy God’s special protection (3:17-18).

The expression “sun of righteousness” (4:2), applied to the coming of the Lord,
is echoed in the New Testament Benedictus or canticle of Zechariah (cf. Lk 1:
78). Therefore, it is not surprising that Christian tradition should apply it to
Jesus Christ: “The Lord came in the evening to a world in decline, when the
course of life was almost run; but when the Sun of justice came, he gave new
life and began a new day for those who believed in him” (Origen, Homiliae in
Exodum, 7, 8).

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


3 posted on 10/05/2011 8:22:22 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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