Malachi

Malachi 2:10-17 The Neglect Of God’s Law.

The covenant people have one God and Father, therefore the prophet asks why the people deal treacherously with each other, and thus profane “the covenant of the fathers” (v. 10 Cf. Job 31:15; Jer. 31:9; I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:6). Both Judah and Israel had profaned the covenant, turning to other gods, and marrying those who served other gods (v. 11 Cf. Ezra 9:1-2; Neh. 13:23). They did this even though they continued to bring their offerings to the LORD of hosts. For this reason they would be cut off from the covenant (v. 12 Cf. Neh. 13:29). Not only were they breaking the covenant with the LORD, but they were breaking the covenant with their wives as well, to which the LORD bore witness (vv. 13-14 Cf. 3:5; Prov. 2:17; 5:18; Jer. 9:2).

The very goal and purpose of the marriage covenant was so that the LORD would have a godly offspring, “a remnant of the Spirit” (v. 15 Cf. Gen. 2:24; Ezra 9:8; Mt. 19:4-6; I Cor. 7:14). “‘For the LORD God of Israel says that He hates divorce, for it covers one’s garment with violence,’ says the LORD of hosts. ‘Therefore take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously’” (v. 16 Cf. Dt. 24:1; Mt. 5:31; 19:6-8). On top of all this, they wearied the LORD with the lie that “‘Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and He delights in them,’ or, “Where is the God of justice’” (v. 17)? So they were also guilty of bearing false witness (Ex. 20:16; Dt. 5:20). Justice was absent because they failed to faithfully adjudicate according to the law (Cf. 2:7; Is. 5:20; Zeph. 1:12).

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