December 24, 2019

Or Else I Will Strike the Land with Destruction

Timothy Birdnow

On this Christmas Eve morning I think it profitable to remember the ending of the Old Testament. The Book of Malachi ended with a dreadful warning:

"Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the Lord Almighty. "Not a root or a branch will be left to them. 2 But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. 3 Then you will trample on the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day when I act,” says the Lord Almighty.

4 "Remember the law of my servant Moses, the decrees and laws I gave him at Horeb for all Israel.

5 "See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”

And there was silence for four hundred years.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at 11:26 AM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 I would just like to say: beware of misinterpreting the "400 years of silence" between the end of the Book of Malachi and the beginning of the New Testament. It's not that there was nothing happening. It's that there were no writings produced that were deemed worthy, or perhaps necessary, of inclusion in the Old Testament. A lot was being written, including books that appear in the Apocrypha.

I think (and I'm certainly not alone -- I'm scarcely a scholar in these matters; a number of people have written about this) that we shouldn't assume there was a period of great destruction followed by four hundred years of entropy.

Posted by: Dana Mathewson at December 24, 2019 12:17 PM (rIYC+)

2 No, you're right Dana; there was plenty happening. But God seemed to be rather quiet at this time - a hushed silence came over  Creation, if you will. Something amazing was about to happen.

Posted by: Timothy Birdnow at December 25, 2019 11:05 AM (MjT2a)

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