Malachi 4: 1-6: For behold, the day comes, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go forth leaping like calves from the stall. And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts. “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and ordinances that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel. “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the land with a curse. In this short epilogue, Fr Robbie looks at the person of St John the Baptist, widely thought of at the time as Elijah returned as promised in the passage from Malachi above which closes the Old Testament. Finally Fr Robbie reminds us that it was Elijah who appeared with Moses when Christ was transfigured on the mountain and he considers the significance of this.
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