My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Malachi 2

Priests and marriage

Priests - get your act together or be cursed. God made a covenant with Levi. Levi was good, but because of these priests, their descendants will be rebuked. Priests should be examples, but they're not.

Aren't we all brothers? Why don't we keep the covenant together? Judah is shameful. She married into other nations and their gods. You cry because God can't hear you, but God is holding back because you left your first wife and covenant. When people get married, they become one in spirit and body. God hates divorce.

God grows weary of your evil.

Key verse:
16. "I hate divorce," says the Lord God of Israel

My thoughts:
Israel's covenant with God viewed as a marriage is common imagery in the Old Testament, though this is it's most explicit.

I think, however, this passage (with others), gives us a good impression of how God views marriage. It is a unification of two people for life. The concept of leaving that unity is not God's, and any separation ought to ultimately result in reunification. May I be so controversial to say that the concept of remarriage whilst your first spouse is still alive is completely unbiblical.

Anyway, the first part of this chapter can be seen as a good warning for our church leaders today. Just because you hold a 'holy' position doesn't mean that God cannot keep you accountable for what you actually do!


Anonymous Mark said...

The first two lines of Delirious' song Lead Me come from verses 13 & 17 of this chapter. A pretty random place to get inspiration for a song - can't think of any other Christian song that draws from Malachi...

11:17 pm

Blogger Pete W said...

It's amazing how much Christians read the Bible...

10:11 am


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