Focal Passage: Malachi 2:10-17
The most beautiful and troubling thing about God is that He changes us. A relationship with Him transforms the way we think, speak and act. He creates in us a new nature – that of Christ.
While the people of Judah in Malachi’s day didn’t know of the incarnate Christ, they did have the Word of God, the books of the Law, Wisdom and Prophets. They knew what God required of them according to his clear, direct Word: live lives of holiness, justice, honesty, wisdom, commitment and faithfulness.
They decided to pursue what seemed desirable to them, rather than commit to what God had already revealed. Men of Judah married pagan women who did not love the Lord, completely rejecting what God had commanded as they entered the Promised Land.
Even worse, men divorced their first wives to take new, pagan wives instead. Such acts were so disgusting in the sight of the Lord that He told them, “[they cover their] garment with violence” when they do so.
God then reminds the people of His presence in their marriage. Did He not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union? Yes!
By rejecting their first wife, the men were not only spurning the one whom they had committed in covenant marriage. They were also spurning the wisdom and presence of the Spirit in their marriage.
Rather than being a picture of faithfulness and justice in the world and in their homes, they enjoyed sinful passions, turning from the Lord to pursue their desires instead.
Because they refused, disobeying the clear command of the Lord, God Himself would bring justice.
Today we also have the Word of God in the Old and New Testaments. God has never hidden His desires from us. He has clearly revealed what is right and good for Christians, how we ought to live in the world and in our homes. We are to live pure lives, reflecting in our marriages and relationships the same faithfulness He shows us each day.