Our Coming King

December 17th

Malachi and the Messenger of the King

Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 3:1

Daily Devotional

December 17th

The book of Malachi provided the last prophetic witness before the 400 years of the silence of the Intertestamental period. While the book of Malachi (450 BC) prophesied the messenger, who would “prepare the way” before the LORD, Malachi’s message was an echo of the earlier prophecy of Isaiah (700 BC) that spoke of the same herald who would proclaim, “Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Here are the two witnesses who prophesied the ministry of John the Baptist.

“Lord whom ye seek” who comes to His temple, is the phrase “the Messenger of the Covenant.” In this passage we see the mystery of the Trinity. The LORD begins to speak and then speaks of the “Lord” (Adon) whom you seek. This is connected to the same mysterious relationship that may be seen in Psalm 110 written by King David:

A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool (Psalm 110:1).

The Lord Jesus is the “Messenger of the Covenant.” At His last supper, He took the cup and announced, “this is my blood of the new testament”—the New Covenant. Malachi 3:1 was the prophecy of the coming of the messenger/herald of the LORD (John the Baptist) who would prepare the way before the Messenger of the Covenant (the Lord Jesus).

Dr. K. Kilpatrick

Kingdom of God in Focus (Copyright: EngraftedBranches Press, 2021)

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