We complete the year by reading the final two chapters in Job, Malachi and Revelation. We first note the conclusion of Job, “And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning” (42:12); and then his condemnation of the friends, “for you have not spoken of me what is right, as my servant Job has” (verse 7). Let us speak of God what is right, beginning with the wonder of His creation.
A similar message emerges at the end of Malachi and Revelation – and also a fearsome description of the end for those who have turned their back on God! In Malachi we are told “the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble” (4:1). But for those who have maintained their walk on the narrow way Malachi writes, “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” (verse 2). What an inspiring description of the life to come for those who are in awe of God.
The words in the last chapter of Revelation are somewhat parallel; Jesus tells John, “Behold, I am coming soon … to repay each one for what he has done … Blessed are those who wash their robes, (i.e., cleanse their character) so that they may have the right to the tree of life” (verses 12,14). In contrast, “Outside are the dogs … the sexually immoral … and everyone who loves and practices falsehood” (verse 15). In brief, those who do not fear God’s name (His reputation) in any way.
The chapter (and the Bible) ends, “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen”. How much do we need his grace – let us all appreciate this – the wonder of it all – the wonder that we ourselves are blessed to “see” the real meaning of life and will experience the wondrous and endless blessings coming for those who fear God’s name.
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