Malachi Chapter 2
Memory verses for
11:45 For I am the LORD that bringeth you up out of the land of
Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.
continue our study of Malachi this week. Last week in Chapter 1, we
saw God showing displeasure to the priests as they had profaned God’s
name and were not serving God out of love, but rather for the love of
money. We continue our study this week as we see Malachi speaking to
the priests. Remember, that according to scripture today, you and I
that know Christ are priests. Keep that in mind in regards to the
1 Pet 2:9 But ye are
a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called
you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
I. The Message to
Mal 2:1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.
Mal 2:2 If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart,
to give glory unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send
a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed
them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.
Verse 1 directs this message to the priests of God. There is
a message for every child of God in this lesson. We notice there are
two things in verse 2 that are very important in this verse.
1. It is important to hear… “If ye will not hear”
2. It is important to lay to heart what God has said… “If
ye will not lay it to heart. If we truly lay something to heart, we
will do what the message says.
James 1:22 But be ye
doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
James 1:23 For if
any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man
beholding his natural face in a glass:
James 1:24 For he
beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what
manner of man he was.
James 1:25 But whoso
looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he
being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall
be blessed in his deed.
If they failed to hear and lay to heart the message of God,
he would curse their blessings. He tells them that he has already
begun to curse them.
Mal 2:3 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.
The curse if found in this verse… Their seed should be
rejected, and thus the family of Levi set aside from their appointed
place of privilege. From the tribe of Levi came all the priests of
Mal 2:4 And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto
you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.
Mal 2:5 My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave
them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before
Mal 2:6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not
found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn
many away from iniquity.
There are several things mentioned in these verses concerning
1. God covenant is
with HIM… He serves a covenant making God.
2. In verse 5, the
covenant was a covenant of life and peace.
3. This covenant was
given to Levi because he feared the Lord.
4. The Priest has
the law of truth in his mouth.
John 8:32 And ye
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
The truth is what sets us free.
5. He has the
presence of God… “He walked with me.”
To walk with God we
need to agree with God.
Amos 3:3 Can two
walk together, except they be agreed?
When we understand
this, we have the secret of all spiritual power. We
Agree with God and He
is with us always.
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all
things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world. Amen.
The church received power to be witnesses into all the world.
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after
that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto
me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the
uttermost part of the earth.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the
branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth
much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6. He was successful
in turning many away from iniquity. Without God’s help, we can not
be truly successful.
Mal 2:7 For the priest's lips should keep knowledge, and they
should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD
Mal 2:8 But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to
stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the
LORD of hosts.
Mal 2:9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base
before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have
been partial in the law.
The priests were representatives of divine truth. As a
representative of the truth, a prerequisite is that we much know the
truth. To do so, we must study the word of God.
2 Tim 3:15 And that
from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to
make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Others were to seek the law at his mouth. He was to be the
messenger of the Lord.
Verses 8 and 9 point out that the priests were guilty of
departing out of the way, causing many to stumble at the law, and to
having corrupted the covenant of Levi. Because they had done these
things, God would make them contemptible and base before all the
II. The Sin Against
Mal 2:10 Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?
why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by
profaning the covenant of our fathers?
This verse is used to teach the so-called Fatherhood of God
and the Brotherhood of Man. Note they asked if the did not all have
one father. They spoke of Abraham as their father.
John 8:39 They
answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto
them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
God is the creator of all men, but not the father of all.
John 8:42 Jesus said
unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded
forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.
John 8:43 Why do ye
not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
John 8:44 Ye are of
your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was
a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because
there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his
own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Mal 2:11 Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is
committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the
holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of
a strange god.
Notice how they had dealt treacherously against their
brother. By profaning the covenant of our fathers. The covenant was
made with the Jews. Ephesians 2:12 proves that not all men are under
consideration in this verse. The Gentiles were strangers to the
Eph 2:12 That at
that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth
of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no
hope, and without God in the world:
Eph 2:13 But now in
Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood
J. Vernon McGee has this to say:
“Have we not all
one father?” There are some expositors who say that the “father”
refers to Abraham since both Israel and Judah are mentioned in the
verse that follows. However, I think that the next question makes it
clear that Malachi is speaking about God as the Father: “Hath not one
God created us?”
He also makes it clear in what way God
is the Father. He is the Father by creation. But man lost that
relationship. Adam was called the son of God, but after the Fall, he
begat a son in his own likeness—not in the likeness of God, but in the
likeness of his own fallen nature. Therefore, when the nation Israel
comes into view, we do not find God speaking specifically of any
individual Israelite as His son. Rather, He speaks of the corporate
body of the nation as a son. Never in the Old Testament does God refer
to an individual as His son. Even of two men who were outstanding,
Moses and David, it was “Moses my servant” and “David my
servant.” Never does God say, “Moses my son” or “David my
son.” Individuals become sons of God through faith in Jesus
Christ. God is the Father of mankind in the sense that He is the
This is something that has been
greatly emphasized in our contemporary society, and I think properly
so. On a telecast I heard a man, who was definitely an unsaved man,
play up the fact that we are all human beings and that we ought to
show respect and consideration for one another. Well, that is true. As
far as he went, he was entirely accurate. You are a human being and I
am a human being, and I should accord to you the same rights and
privileges and respect that I would like to have for myself. “Have we
not all one father? hath not one God created us?” We all are the
creation of God.
“Why do we deal treacherously every man
against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?” Now
here they were, a chosen people, yet breaking God’s covenant and
dealing treacherously one with the other. They were not right with
God, and so they were not right with each other.
III. Sin Against
Marrying Outside of their Race
Mal 2:12 The LORD will cut off the man that doeth this, the master
and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that
offereth an offering unto the LORD of hosts.
Mal 2:13 And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the
LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he
regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at
It was a sin for a Jew to marry a person of another race.
God charged Judah with marrying the daughters of strange Gods. All
nations had their own gods during this time… many countries still do
1 Ki 11:1 But king
Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of
Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and
1 Ki 11:2 Of the
nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye
shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for
surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave
unto these in love.
1 Ki 11:3 And he had
seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his
wives turned away his heart.
1 Ki 11:4 For it
came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his
heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD
his God, as was the heart of David his father.
Solomon’s wives turned away his heart from God. God warns us
to not be unequally yoked with non-believers.
2 Cor 6:14 Be ye not
unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath
righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with
2 Cor 6:15 And what
concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth
with an infidel?
God cut them off and would not receive their offerings
because they had married these strange wives.
Mal 2:14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness
between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt
treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.
Mal 2:15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the
spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore
take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the
wife of his youth.
Mal 2:16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth
putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the
LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not
Mal 2:17 Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say,
Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is
good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is
the God of judgment?
It appears that they had divorced their wives and married
these strangers. God told them that he had made one, and the reason
he had made one was to produce a ‘Godly seed”. “And did not make one”
must no doubt refer to man and wife being one flesh. God is
displeased when we put away our wife or husband and divorce.
God had been wearied with the people. Everyone that does
evil in the sight of God wearies Him. God help us to be a joy in
God’s sight, and to be people who are pleasing to the Lord.
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