What is the promise of the Messiah mentioned in Malachi 3:1-3?

Malachi 3:1-3 is a prophetic passage from the Old Testament that makes a promise about the coming of the Messiah. The prophet Malachi wrote these words around 400 BC, a time when the Jewish people were discouraged and in need of hope and encouragement.

In verse 1, Malachi announces that the Messiah will come, and that a messenger will be sent before him to prepare the way. This messenger will be like a purifier, preparing the people for the coming of the Messiah. He says, “Behold, I send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me; and the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, behold, he comes , says the Lord of hosts.”

In verse 2, Malachi talks about the purification that the Messiah will accomplish: “But who will endure the day of his coming? And who will stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap.” The Messiah will bring judgment and justice, purifying the people and the nation.

As early as verse 3, Malachi describes the work of the Messiah: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver; then they will bring offerings to the Lord in righteousness.” The Messiah is described as a purifier who will cleanse the people of their sins and refine them like gold and silver so that they can offer offerings to the Lord in righteousness.

This prophecy by Malachi is one of many Old Testament promises about a Messiah who would be sent by God. For Christians, that promise was fulfilled in Jesus Christ, who came as the Messiah to cleanse and save people from their sins. The New Testament makes several references to Malachi 3:1-3 and how it applies to Jesus, including in Matthew 3:1-3, where John the Baptist is described as the messenger who prepared the way for Jesus, and in Hebrews 10: 14, which talks about how Jesus cleansed the people of their sins once and for all.

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