The final words of the Old Testament are words of warning, encouragement and expectation. Our perspective on life is dreadfully important. We can either view this life as a destination or as preparation. The people of Malachi’s day were guilty of living as though this life was all that there is (destination). Malachi reminds them that there is more and that the way we live in this life has eternal implications (preparation).
In this, the final sermon in the book of Malachi, we get a glimpse into the Future as we look at “The Day of the Lord.”
Main Point: We can view this life as either a destination or as preparation. Each perspective has eternal implications. Malachi encourages us to adopt an eternal perspective by heeding the warnings of God and living faithfully and expectantly in light of the coming day of the Lord.
I. We adopt an eternal perspective when we heed the warnings of God (1-3)
A. The Day of the Lord will be a day of judgment (1)
B. The Day of the Lord will be a day of Joy (2-3)
II. We adopt an eternal perspective when we live in faithful obedience (4)
III.We adopt an eternal perspective when we live in expectation of Christ’s coming. (5-6)
A. The promise of a deliverer (cf. Luke 1:17)
B. The promise of a judge