It is interesting as I read through Malachi recently all the devotional goodies that I found in there! There’s some things that hit me that I didn’t see before. God “has a word” with the priests in the land, and what He has to say about marriage is quite fascinating indeed!
(13) And this you do as well: You cover the LORD’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor at your hand. (14) You ask, “Why does he not?” Because the LORD was a witness between you and the wife of your youth, to whom you have been faithless, though she is your companion and your wife by covenant. (15) Did not one God make her? Both flesh and spirit are his. And what does the one God desire? Godly offspring. So look to yourselves, and do not let anyone be faithless to the wife of his youth. (16) For I hate divorce, says the LORD, the God of Israel, and covering one’s garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So take heed yourselves and do not be faithless. [emphasis supplemented]
God has a heart for humanity; doesn’t He? I mean, it’s right there in Scripture: He loves the man and the woman, the husband and the wife. They are supposed to be together, inseparable and one. That is why they were made “one flesh” (Gen. 2:24). God holds the sanctity of marriage so dearly that He even withheld accepting the priestly sacrifice over this moral crime. I mean, that is a big deal!
I think that this passage is saying today that we, the believing community today, need to caution ourselves of this type of marital travesty, instead of looking solely at the world and its condition. We need to make sure that the unthinkable is never thought and then carried out through action.
– Stephen M. Ross