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In Isaiah 40 there is a dramatic pivot. The first 39 chapters have been filled with messages of prophetic doom and judgment. However, in chapter 40 God commands Isaiah to bring a message of hope and comfort to Jerusalem. Although judgment is coming, God reveals that salvation will follow in its heels. That deliverance will be foreshadowed by a messenger who will prepare the way of the LORD. In Malachi 3:1-3 we learn about the forerunner and the one to follow Him. The messenger is clearly pointing towards John the Baptist. But the messenger of the covenant is not John – this messenger is Jesus. It is John who heralds Jesus’ ministry. But it is Jesus who comes to the Temple and ultimately becomes the one to purify the sons of Levi and ultimately to purify all sinful souls that seek Him.