Malachi 2

Malachi 2 has the prophet addressing his own.  “O priests, this command is for you. If you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the Lord of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings”.  Malachi confronts the priests because their work was not from the heart.  They were going through the motions and putting on a show, but were not walking in obedience with the One who can give them truth.

Malachi reminds them of the covenant between God and Levi.  “My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him.  It was a covenant of fear, and he feared me. He stood in awe of my name. True instruction, was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity”.  The relationship between Levi and God was a good one – based on a covenant of fear.  He walked with God and did God’s work well.

But things are different now with this group of priests.  “But you have turned aside from the way.  You have caused many to stumble by your instruction. You have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the Lord of hosts, and so I make you despised and abased before all the people, inasmuch as you do not keep my ways but show partiality in your instruction”.  These priests were not following God nor the covenant.  They were spewing lies and leading people astray.  These priests did what was good for them without regard for God’s truth.

Malachi ends the chapter talking about something near and dear to God’s heart – marriage.  When we sin against our marriage or our marriage vows, we sin against an institution that God has established. Marriage is God’s idea, not man’s; He formed and established the first marriage as a pattern for every one afterwards. Because it is an institution, we are not allowed to define marriage any way that pleases us; God has established it and we must conform to what He has established.

Malachi delivers God’s view on marriage.  “The Lord, the God of Israel, says that He hates divorce”.  It doesn’t get much clearer than that.  Specifically, we can say that God hates divorce for at least three reasons:

  • God hates divorce because it breaks a solemn vow
  • God hates divorce because it is harmful
  • God hates divorce because it illustrates turning away from our belief

There is no doubt that God allows divorce in particular circumstances, though divorce is never commanded. God’s heart is always for repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation in marriage.

Advertisements

One response to this post.

  1. Reblogged this on Matthews' Blog.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: