Geneva Study Bible
(a) He prophesies of God's judgments against the wicked, who would not receive Christ, when God would send him for the restoration of his Church.
(b) Meaning, Christ, who with his wings or beams of his grace would enlighten and comfort his Church; (Ephesians 5:14). And he is called the "Sun of righteousness", because in himself he has all perfection, and also the justice of the Father dwells in him: by which he regenerates us to righteousness, cleanses us from the filth of this world, and reforms us to the image of God.
(c) You will be set at liberty, and increase in the joy of the Spirit; (2 Corinthians 3:17).
(d) Because the time had come that the Jews would be destitute of Prophets until the time of Christ, because they should with more fervent minds desire his coming, the Prophet exhorts them to exercise themselves diligently in studying the Law of Moses in the meantime, by which they might continue in the true religion, and also be armed against all temptations.
(e) This Christ interprets of John the Baptist, who both for his zeal, and restoring or religion, is aptly compared to Elijah; (Matthew 11:13-14).
(f) Which as it is true for the wicked, so does it waken the godly, and call them to repentance.
(g) He shows in what John's office would consist: in the turning of men to God, and uniting the father and children in one voice of faith: so that the father will turn to the religion of his son who is converted to Christ, and the son will embrace the faith of the true fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
(h) The second point of his office was to give notice of God's judgment against those that would not receive Christ.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Malachi 4". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://beta.studylight.org/
the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25