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THE BOOK OF MALACHI

CHAPTER 2


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          Welcome back to Daily Bread and our study of the Book of Malachi. When we left off, Malachiís message was directed to the priests of Israel (the Levites) expressing Godís disgust at their defiled offerings.

          This chapter continues with the Lordís chastening. Uh oh, here comes a Daily Bread Crumb! We often think of chastening as punishment, but in TRUTH, itís Godís method of ďtough love.Ē You see, the root word of chasten is chaste, which means pure. So in essence, when weíre chastened by our loving Father, He is really cleansing us or making us pure, because His reproving of us brings us to repentance, which in turn, allows us to receive His grace. Our God is only just, which means that the severity of the chastening that we receive, fairly fitís the offense . . . Perfectly. He is capable of nothing less than perfection.

          Now, letís find out what kind of due discipline the priests have brought upon themselves.


And now, O priests, this commandment is for you.
If you will not listen, and if you will not take it to heart,
to give glory to my name, says the LORD of hosts,
I will even send a curse upon you,
and I will curse your blessings:
yes, I have cursed them already,
because you do not take it to heart.
 

           God warned, way back in Mosesí day (Leviticus, Chapter 26) of what would happen if they didnít listen to Him and disregarded His commandments.

Behold, I will corrupt your seed,
and spread dung upon your faces,
even the dung of your solemn feasts;
and one shall take you away with it.
 

          This is the same message that God spoke through the prophet Ahijah to Jeroboam when Jeroboam worshipped strange gods and introduced this practice to Godís people. In 1 Kings 14:9-10, the Lord said he would end the bloodline of Jeroboam for his evil ways.

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And you shall know that I have sent this commandment to you,
that my covenant might be with Levi, says the LORD of hosts.
My covenant was with him of life and peace;
and I gave this promise to him because of the respect he had for me,
and was afraid before my name.
The law of TRUTH was in his mouth,
and iniquity was not found in his lips:
he walked with me in peace and fairness,
and did turn many away from iniquity.
For the priest's lips should keep knowledge,
and the people should seek the law at his mouth:
for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.
 

          If you go to The Book of Ezekiel and read Chapter 34, youíll get a better sense of what God was feeling when he gave Malachi this message for the priests. Why does the owner of the sheep choose certain shepherds? Because He trusts them to take care of His precious flock. The Levites (the shepherds) were leading the sheep (Godís people) astray instead of insuring their safety and the well being of their souls.


But you are departed out of the way;
you have caused many to stumble at the law;
you have corrupted the covenant of Levi, says the LORD of hosts.
Therefore I have also made you shameful and dishonorable before all the people,
Because you have not kept my ways,
but have been incomplete in the law.
Have we not all one father?
Has not only one God created us?
Why do we deal unfaithfully every man against his brother,
by disrespecting the covenant of our fathers?
 

          Next, Malachi speaks against the priests because they married wives who were not of their own people, as the Lord commanded against in Leviticus 21:13-14. You can also read more about this in The Book of Ezra 9:1-2 and The Book of Nehemiah 13:23-31.

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Judah has been unfaithful,
and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem;
because Judah has defiled the holiness of the LORD which he loved,
and has married the daughter of a strange god.
The LORD will cut off the man that does this,
the master and the scholar,
out of the tabernacles of Jacob,
and him that offers an offering to the LORD of hosts.
And this have you done again,
covering the altar of the LORD with tears,
with weeping, and with crying out,
because the LORD doesnít regard the offering any more,
nor receives it with good will at your hand.
Still you ask, Why?
Because the LORD has been witness
between you and the wife of your youth,
against whom you have been untrue:
Still, she is your companion, and the wife of your covenant.
 

          Although this may seem like a silly analogy, people seek even a dog with a pure pedigree, why should it seem strange that the Lord command His shepherds to remain of a pure bloodline? Solomon wrote about this in Proverbs, Chapter 2.
 

And did not He make one (promise, covenant)?
Still, He had the residue of the spirit.
And why (only) one (people, wife, covenant)?
That He might seek a godly seed.
Therefore, listen to your spirit,
and let none be untrue against the wife of his youth.
For the LORD, the God of Israel,
says that He hates putting away (divorce):
for one covers violence with his garment,
says the LORD of hosts:
therefore listen to your spirit,
that you be not unfaithful.
 

          You can feel that in the eyes of the Lord, the infidelity of the priests stretches beyond their marrying of wives that werenít of Godís people, but they donít seem to recognize that theyíve been poor shepherds to the Lordís sheep in general. Theyíve set a bad example and their actions speak for themselves.


You have exhausted the LORD with your words.
Still you ask, How have we wearied him?
When you say,
Every one that does evil is good in the sight of the LORD,
and He delights in them;
or,
Where is the God of judgment?
 

          By disregarding the Lordís commandments, theyíre demonstrating to the people that they think God accepts this, and will not act. Itís likely that the priests didnít say those words, but their actions did. How wrong they were.

          Come on back soon, and weíll continue with our study of The Book of Malachi, when he tells the prophecy of the forerunner, John the Baptist, right here at Daily Bread.

 

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