Understanding Prophecy - 1st Coming of Christ - David Yamartino - 14 Para

The Lord, Whom Ye Seek (41:1)

Verse from Old Testament (41:2)

Behold I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. (mal 3:1) (41:3) see

Predictions (41:4)

This verse clearly seems to be a prophecy. What is not clear, however, is what it means. Malachi's words refer to "I" (later referred to as "the Lord of hosts"), "my messenger", "the Lord whom ye seek" who "shall suddenly come to his temple", "the messenger of the covenant" (41:5)

Anyone considering this verse would no doubt get a sense of some momentous happening to be looked forward to (41:6)

Fulfillment (41:7)

And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind? (41:8)

But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses (41:9)

But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet (41:10)

For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. (mat 11:7-10) (41:11) see

Commentary (41:12)

This prophecy, just as the one presented earlier from Isaiah (40:3), refers to both John the Baptist and Christ. We get a sense from these prophecies of the oneness of their ministries and the love they bore for each other. It is Christ, Himself, who quoted this prophecy of Malachi. (41:13) see

The symbolism of these words, however, is far too mysterious for anyone but God, and perhaps a prophet to have understood before fulfillment. The passage itself from Matthew indicates that no one, in fact, did understand the Old Testament saying until Christ Himself revealed its meaning (41:14)

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Understanding Prophecy - 1st Coming of Christ - David Yamartino