The last of the Old Testament prophets has the coming Savior fully in view, prophesying about John the Baptist who would prepare the way for Christ’s ministry.

BibleGateway: Malachi 3:1-4

ESV Text: Malachi 3:1-4



KJV Text:

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     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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 63:
On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry

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— Organ Audio

1. On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry 
Announces that the Lord is nigh; 
Come, then, and hearken, for he brings 
Glad tidings from the King of kings. 

2. Then cleansed be every Christian breast 
And furnished for so great a Guest. 
Yea, let us each our hearts prepare 
For Christ to come and enter there. 

3. For Thou art our Salvation, Lord, 
Our Refuge, and our great Reward. 
Without Thy grace our souls must fade 
And wither like a flower decayed. 

4. Lay on the sick Thy healing hand 
And make the fallen strong to stand; 
Show us the glory of Thy face 
Till beauty springs in every place. 

5. All praise, eternal Son, to Thee 
Whose advent sets Thy people free, 
Whom, with the Father, we adore 
And Holy Ghost forevermore. 


Hymn: LSB 517:1, 5, 3 By All Your Saints in Warfare
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Though we walk in the midst of trouble, the Lord can accomplish what He wants both in and through us. Give thanks to His holy name!

BibleGateway: Psalm 138

ESV Text: Psalm 138



KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 138:

     1 A Psalm of David. I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. 2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. 3 In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. 4 All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth. 5 Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD.

     6 Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. 7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. 8 The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.(KJV)


Hymn: WS 728:
Christ is Living

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