The sun of righteousness. This must be Jesus. Jesus is righteous. Jesus brings healing.
Jesus is a son. Is Jesus a sun?
How can a sun be righteous?
For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts. 1:11
Same sun. It rises and sets. Like every other sun you’ve seen.
But this sun (4:2) is righteous. And it heals. It heals those who fear the name of God.
A sun that heals. Like a heating pad to an ache. Not like the burning of an oven.
For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 4:1
This is a scorching. Destruction. Wound upon wound. This is not healing. This is judgment.
But imagine a sun of righteousness. That’s Jesus. The powerful Healer of all things right. In the day when rebellious sinners are turned to ashes by a blazing fire and by burning, Healing comes, shining bright and warm upon the broken and weary. He rightly judges. He rightly rules. And like a soothing heat, He rightly heals those who fear His name. So that they can run. Free and victorious.
The thoughts I think as I read Malachi 4.
For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the LORD of hosts. 4:1-3
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