Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Malachi 4:1-6

"The Sun of Righteousness shall rise with healing in His wings..."  (Malachi 4:2).

Our state name, "Idaho," according to one legend, comes from a Shoshone Indian word, "ee-dah-how," which, when translated into English, means something like, "Behold! The sun (rising) over the mountain." I often think of that etiology when the sun breaks over the eastern peaks and spills light and life into our valley.

Moreover, I think of Malachi's promise: "The sun of righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.” This is God's irrevocable promise that our Lord Jesus will come again and all creation will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God![1]

Each new sunrise is a reminder of that eternal morning when "bright heaven's Sun" will rise with health and healing in his wings. Then, everything that has been made, will be made over and made irrevocably right. There will be no throbbing backs or knees, no shuffling feet, no gathering weight of the years. We will leap and frolic, "like calves released from the stall." This is my highest imagination and my hope.[2]

Jesus said, "I am coming soon." Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20).[3]


[1]] Romans 8:21
[2] "Hope," in the biblical sense, does not suggest contingency, but future certainty.
[3] German theologian, Helmut Thieleke, was asked what he will say when The Lord appears. "I will say,” he replied, 'I knew you meant it.'" (Cf., John 14:1-4.)

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