“But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves.”
“You that fear my name” The persons mentioned in Malachi 3:16, ye that look for redemption through the Messiah.
“The Sun of righteousness” The Lord Jesus, the promised Messiah; the Hope of Israel. (Not a reference to the sun god)
“With healing in His wings” As the sun, by the rays of light and heat, revives, cheers, and fructifies the whole creation, giving, through God, light and life everywhere; so Jesus Christ, by the influences of His grace and Spirit, shall quicken, awaken, enlighten, warm, invigorate, heal, purify, and refine every soul that believes in Him, and, by The Lord’s wings or rays, diffuse these blessings from one end of Heaven to another; everywhere invigorating the seeds of righteousness, and withering and drying up the seeds of sin.
The rays of this Sun are the truths of God’s Gospel, and the influences of His Spirit. And at present these are universally diffused.
Ye who believe on His name shall go forth out of Jerusalem when the Romans shall come up against it. After Cestius Gallus had blockaded the city for some days, he suddenly raised the siege.
The Christians who were there at that time, knowing, by seeing Jerusalem encompassed with armies, that the day of it’s destruction was come, when their Lord commanded them to flee into the mountains, took this opportunity to escape from Jerusalem, and go to Pella, in Coelesyria; so that no Christian life fell in the siege and destruction of this city.
But these words are of more general application and meaning; “ye shall go forth” in all the occupations of life, but particularly in the means of grace; and full of health, of life, and spirits; satisfied and happy.