16In this vein have those who revere the Lord been talking to one another. The Lord has heard and noted it, and a scroll of remembrance has been written at His behest concerning those who revere the Lord and esteem His name.     Malachi 3/16 Tanakh JPS1985.

 

22Be mindful of the Teaching of My servant Moses, whom I charged at Horeb with laws and rules for all Israel.

23Lo, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before the coming of the awesome, fearful day of the Lord. 24He shall reconcile parents with children and children with their parents, so that, when I come, I do not strike the whole land with utter destruction.
Lo, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before
the coming of the awesome, fearful day of the Lord.     Malachi 3/22-24 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

2And six men entered by way of the upper gate that faces north, each with his club in his hand; and among them was another, clothed in linen, with a writing case at his waist. They came forward and stopped at the bronze altar. 3Now the Presence of the God of Israel had moved from the cherub on which it had rested to the platform of the House. He called to the man clothed in linen with the writing case at his waist;

4and the Lord said to him, “Pass through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who moan and groan because of all the abominations that are committed in it.” 5To the others He said in my hearing, “Follow him through the city and strike; show no pity or compassion.

6Kill off graybeard, youth and maiden, women and children; but do not touch any person who bears the mark. Begin here at My Sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were in front of the House. 7And He said to them, “Defile the House and fill the courts with the slain. Then go forth.” So they went forth and began to kill in the city.

8When they were out killing, and I remained alone, I flung myself on my face and cried out, “Ah, Lord God! Are you going to annihilate all that is left of Israel, pouring out Your fury upon Jerusalem?”

9He answered me, “The iniquity of the Houses of Judah and Israel is very very great, the land is full of crime and the city is full of corruption. For they say, ‘The Lord has forsaken the land, and the Lord does not see.’ 10I, in turn, will show no pity or compassion; I will give them their deserts.”

11And then the man clothed in linen with the writing case at his waist brought back word, saying, “I have done as You commanded me.”     Ezekiel     9/2-11 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

1I looked, and on the expanse over the heads of the cherubs, there was something like a sapphire stone; an appearance resembling a throne could be seen over them. 2He spoke to the man clothed in linen and said, “Step inside the wheelwork, under the cherubs, and fill your hands with glowing coals from among the cherubs, and scatter them over the city.” And he went in as I looked on.

3Now the cherubs were standing on the south side of the House when the man entered, and the cloud filled the inner court. 4But when the Presence of the Lord moved from the cherubs to the platform of the House, the House was filled with the cloud, and the court was filled with the radiance of the Presence of the Lord. 5The sound of the cherubs’ wings could be heard as far as the outer court, like the voice of El Shaddai when He speaks.

6When He commanded the man dressed in linen: “Take fire from among the cherubs within the wheelwork,” he went in and stood beside a wheel. 7And a cherub stretched out his hand among the cherubs to the fire that was among the cherubs; he took some and put it into the hands of him who was clothed in linen, who took it and went out. 8The cherubs appeared to have the form of a man’s hand under their wings.     Ezekiel 10/1-8 Tanakh JPS 1985

 

6Then one of the seraphs flew over to me with a live coal, which he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7He touched it to my lips and declared, “Now that this has touched your lips, Your guilt shall depart And your sin be purged away.”     Isaiah 6/6 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

31See, a time is coming—declares the Lord—when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant I made with their fathers, when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, a covenant which they broke, though I espoused them—declares the Lord. 33But such is the covenant I will make with the House of Israel after these days—declares the Lord: I will put My Teaching into their inmost being and inscribe it upon their hearts. Then I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34No longer will they need to teach one another and say to one another, “Heed the Lord“; for all of them, from the least of them to the greatest, shall heed Me—declares the Lord.
For I will forgive their iniquities,
And remember their sins no more.
     Jeremiah 31/31-34 Tanakh JPS 1985.

 

Commentary:

“And among them was another, clothed in linen, with a writing case at his waist. He called to the man clothed in linen with the writing case at his waist; and the Lord said to him, “Pass through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who moan and groan because of all the abominations that are committed in it.” And then the man clothed in linen with the writing case at his waist brought back word, saying, “I have done as You commanded me.”

This is forgiveness of sin of the righteous who G-d “marks”. In Malachi 3/16 G-d has a scroll of remembrance that has been written at His behest concerning those who revere the Lord and esteem His name. Those who are forgiven of sin by G-d’s covenant for a time to come that is with Elijah and the angel of the covenant who already revere and esteem Him and those who come to revere and esteem Him.

As G-d declared in Jeremiah “I will put My Teaching into their inmost being and inscribe it upon their hearts…..” ” For I will forgive their iniquities, And remember their sins no more.” 

It is the forgiveness of sin that puts the teaching of G-d into the innermost being and is inscribed upon the hearts of those who revere and esteem His name. Those in the scroll of remembrance and those written into the scroll of remembrance reconciled to HaShem and Judaism by Elijah. Those who are mindful of the teaching of G-d’s servant Moses, whom He charged at Horeb with laws and rules for all Israel.

The forgiveness of sins brings the Jewish people back to Judaism and HaShem which reconciles the parents with children and children with their parents of the Jewish families.

“He spoke to the man clothed in linen and said, “Step inside the wheelwork, under the cherubs, and fill your hands with glowing coals from among the cherubs, and scatter them over the city.” When He commanded the man dressed in linen: “Take fire from among the cherubs within the wheelwork,” he went in and stood beside a wheel. And a cherub stretched out his hand among the cherubs to the fire that was among the cherubs; he took some and put it into the hands of him who was clothed in linen, who took it and went out.”

This is for the purging of sin for the suffering of the people Israel. As Isaiah said “Then one of the seraphs flew over to me with a live coal, which he had taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. 7He touched it to my lips and declared, “Now that this has touched your lips, Your guilt shall depart And your sin be purged away.”

The man dressed in linen went out with glowing coals and fire and he is not mentioned again. This is the new covenant of sin forgiveness that comes with Elijah and the angel of the covenant. The man dressed in linen (a priest) represents Elijah and the spirit within the wheels with the cherubs is the person of the spirit of the holy G-d who is the angel of the covenant.

The wheelwork and cherubs with the fire and coals are first seen in chapter one of Ezekiel going to and fro in all directions throughout the land gathering eyes which are the Jewish people and in chapter ten they are delivered to G-d in heaven. A spiritual heaven also described in Isaiah 65.

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