M A L A C H I.
We have here proper instructions given us (very
proper to close the canon of the Old Testament with), I. Concerning
the state of recompence and retribution that is before us, the
misery of the wicked and the happiness of the righteous in that
state, ver. 1-3. And this
is represented to us under a prophecy of the destruction of
Jerusalem, and the unbelieving Jews with it, and of the comforts
and triumphs of those among them that received the gospel. II.
Concerning the state of trial and preparation we are now in, in
which we are directed to have an eye to divine revelation, and to
follow that; they then must keep to the law of Moses (ver. 4) and expect a further discovery
of God's will by Elijah the prophet, that is, by John Baptist, the
harbinger of the Messiah, ver. 5,
6. The last chapter of the New Testament is much to the
same purport, setting before us heaven and hell in the other world,
and obliging us to adhere to the word of God in this world.