December 24, 2019
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.
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.
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