In our advent reading, Luke 1:17 stood out to me.
17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.”
Why did the angel tie turn the hearts of fathers to the children so closely to turning the disobedient to the wisdom of the just? Malachi does not make that connection in Malachi 4:6.
The summary phrase in verse 17 is: to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.
Is this an example of the two ways God makes people ready for the Lord, i.e. fatherly instruction within the family and evangelism without? Is this an expression of the equal value and importance of both? Or are there better ways to understand this?