Two messengers are on their way:the preparing messenger, and the Lord Himself.

Scripture: Malachi 3:1-7

ESV Text: Malachi 3:1-7

Malachi 3:1-7 (Listen)

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. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

“Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

Robbing God

“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’ (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 3 1 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. 2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap: 3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. 4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years. 5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. 6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. 7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 136:
Angels from the Realms of Glory

— Organ Audio

1. Angels from the realms of glory, 
Wing your flight o’er all the earth; 
Ye who sang creation’s story, 
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth: 
Come and worship, 
Come and worship; 
Worship Christ, the new-born King. 

2. Shepherds in the fields abiding, 
Watching o’er your flocks by night, 
God with man is now residing, 
Yonder shines the Infant Light: 
Come and worship: 
Come and worship, 
Worship Christ, the new-born King. 

3. Sages, leave your contemplations; 
Brighter visions beam afar; 
Seek the great Desire of nations, 
Ye have seen His natal star: 
Come and worship, 
Come and worship; 
Worship Christ, the new-born King. 

4. Saints, before the altar bending, 
Watching long in hope and fear, 
Suddenly the Lord, descending, 
In His Temple shall appear: 
Come and worship, 
Come and worship; 
Worship Christ, the new-born King. 


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