Central United Methodist Church
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Endicott, New York
"Children in the Marketplace,"  Rev. Mark Marino, Oct. 14, 2012

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Malachi 4:4-5

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

[a]Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.

“Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord.


Matthew 11:12-19

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven [a]suffers violence, and violent men [b]take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is Elijah who [c]was to come. 15 He who has ears to hear, [d]let him hear.

16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places, who call out to the other children, 17 and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not [e]mourn.’ 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a [f]drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and [g]sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”