For those who REVERE my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in His wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall. Then you will trample down the wicked; they will be ashes under the soles of your feet.
In Jewish thought, a name is not merely an arbitrary designation. The name conveys the nature and essence of the thing named. It represents the history and reputation of the being named.
This is not as strange or unfamiliar a concept as it may seem at first glance. In English, we often refer to a person’s reputation as his “good name.” The Hebrew concept of a name is very similar to these ideas.
An example of this usage occurs in Ex. 3:13-22: Moses asks God what His “name” is. Moses is not asking “what should I call you;” rather, he is asking “who are you; what are you like; what have you done.” That is clear from God’s response. God replies that He is eternal, that He is the God of our ancestors, that He has seen our affliction and will redeem us from bondage.
When God comes to the men and women of God, He comes and declares himself as the “I AM”, The light, the way, the truth, the good shepherd. These names identify His character and heart. In Malachi, the call for us to revere His name is a call for us to think about who He is and hold up His name and character in the highest esteem. Even the Lord’s prayer begins; Praise/Hallowed be His Name. When we lift up the names and person of God healing comes. When we hold in the highest regard the name SAVIOR, ALMIGHTY, I AM, EVERLASTING FATHER, DELIVERER, LIGHT OF THE WORLD, IMMANUEL, KING OF KINGS, we are lifting up who HE said He IS… and what He does in our lives. When I revere His name, I am bringing faith and honor to who I know my God to be despite my circumstances.
All throughout time, for everyone who believed in the name of God and what His name and person could accomplish, He came to them. For those who believe in who He says He is He comes and saves them. This is the message of the Gospel.
“The coming of Christ in the flesh to seek and save those that were lost; then the Sun of righteousness arose upon this dark world. Christ is the light of the world, the true light, the great light that makes day and rules the day (Jn. 8:12), as the sun. He is the light of men, (Jn.1:4), is to men’s souls as the sun is to the visible world, which without the sun would be a dungeon; so, would mankind be darkness itself without the light of the glory of God shining in the face of Christ. Christ is the Sun that has light in Himself, and is the fountain of light (Ps. 19:4-6); He is the Sun of righteousness, for He is Himself a righteous Savior.” (Matthew Henry)
Malachi ends this promise with us leaping with joy and trampling down our enemy! In searching for healing we must look beyond the pain and sickness around us and look and revere God’s name for the promises; we will not only be healed, but filled with joy and the enemy will be placed under our feet in victory.