But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap.

– Malachi 3:2 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org, Author of Making Sense of the Bible

Refiner’s fire was used to heat metal to the point that all of the impurities would come to the surface. Launderers would wash clothes with a strong soap, then place the clothing upon a rock and beat them with a stick. Both are strong images of what happens with God’s judgment and therefore present us with a dilemma—who could stand? Only one. Jesus Christ endured God’s judgment at the cross. He was refined in God’s fire and beaten for our sins so that we could come to God the Father as those who are purified and cleansed.

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