The Messenger of the Covenant

Kevin DeYoung

READ : Malachi 2:17-3:5

See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. (v. 1, NIV)

There’s a lot of theology packed into Malachi 3:1. Jesus makes clear that the messenger “who will prepare the way before me” is none other than John the Baptist (Matthew 11:7-11). Who is the “me” before whom this messenger will prepare the way? The same person as the “I” who is the subject of this sentence—The Lord Almighty, God himself. The Lord told Israel, “I am coming to you.” And he did. He came in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. The one true God of Israel came to his people as the suffering servant Messiah.

But there’s more. A second messenger is mentioned later in Malachi 3:1, “the messenger of the covenant.” “The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.” This “messenger of the covenant” seems to be a distinct person from Yahweh, the Lord. In Malachi 3:1 God promises to come to his people himself, and at the same time to come in the person of the messenger of the covenant, Jesus Christ. Here in the pages of Old Testament prophecy we see hints of the glorious mystery of the Trinity and the breathtaking plan of God for our salvation.


God, we praise you for not only sending a Savior for us, but being the Savior as well. Amen.