See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch v 1
This passage is relating to God’s judgement on the world. God’s people are precious, similar to jewel. A jewel is made up of raw materials that is exposed to time, heat and pressure to change it to a valuable gemstone. The craftsman must chip and smooth rough edges, polish it, and then place it in a beautiful setting to shine so all may see its beauty. To those who have been prepared to be changed, moulded and have been faithful to the Gospel values God says, well done faithful servant; to others, God says ‘what’s your excuse’ ?
when we experience arrogance, show us compassion,
when we display pride, show us humility
when we speak judgement on others , show us love Amen