Day 5 Read: Malachi 3:1
“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.
Reflect: What is the promise of God through the prophet?
Consider: The Lord, whom ye seek, refers back to the preceding verse, where is the God of Judgment? The word Lord, with the article, is applied only to God. In the parallel clause, even the angel of the covenant, he is designated by a peculiar title expressing his office, as this is the only place where this official title occurs, it requires explanation.5
Respond: Think about the prophecy spoken through Malachi and the way the religious leaders (whose descendants received the prophecy centuries before) received Jesus. Where did they miss the mark? Why were they reluctant to accept him as the Messiah? What were they placing their faith and hope in? In what ways is your life similar? Where are you wanting to use your good works or acts of worship to justify yourself and your actions?
5 John Peter Lange, Philip Schaff, and Joseph Packard, A Commentary on the Holy Scriptures: Malachi (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2008), 19.