Malachi 2:1-12

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Malachi 2




We have seen that Israel has been guilty of cheating God by offering unacceptable sacrifices to Him – 1:6-14


Not only were they guilty of offering unacceptable sacrifices to God, they were also guilty of –

   B.     UNFAITHFULNESS, 2:1-9


Malachi 2:1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.


Malachi 2:2 If ye [i.e. if you priests] will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory [i.e. honor] unto my name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you [i.e. upon you priests], and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart [i.e. because you do not take (it) to heart].


2:2 – (RSB) I will curse your blessings. i.e., dry up the supply from which the priests received their portions of meat, grain, and so on.


Malachi 2:3 Behold, I will corrupt your seed [i.e. I will rebuke (or punish) your descendants], and spread dung [i.e. refuse] upon your faces, even the dung [i.e. refuse] of your solemn feasts [i.e. festival sacrifices]; and one shall take you away with it [i.e. carry you (priests) away with it].


(BKC) The Lord said He would spread on their faces the waste matter from the sacrifices. . . . Much as the (refuse) was discarded, so they would be disposed of as well. In other words, they would be cast out of service. Then they would realize that the LORD was speaking to them. His purpose in admonishing them was to purify the priesthood so that His covenant with Levi could continue.


Malachi 2:4 And ye [i.e. you priests] shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi [i.e. may continue with Levi], saith the LORD of hosts.


2:4 – (RSB) covenant ... with Levi. The arrangement with Levi and his descendants to set up the priesthood (Num. 1:50).


Numbers 1:50 But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.


Malachi 2:5 My covenant was with him of life and peace [i.e. My covenant of life and peace was with Levi]; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me [i.e. and I gave life and peace to Levi that he might fear Me], and was afraid before my name [i.e. and Levi was reverent before My name, and Levi stood in awe of My name].


Malachi 2:6 The law of truth [i.e. true instruction] was in his lips [i.e. was in Levi’s lips]: he [i.e. Levi] walked with me in peace and equity [i.e. and uprightness], and did turn many away from iniquity [i.e. from sin].


2:7-9 – (RSB) One of the principal functions of the Levites was to teach the people (Deut. 33:10), but they [i.e. the Jewish priests] were showing partiality or favoritism in applying the law (cf. James 2:1 ).


James 2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.


Malachi 2:7 For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge [i.e. preserve knowledge], and they [i.e. the people] should seek the law at his mouth [i.e. the priests were supposed to teach the law]: for he [i.e. the priest] is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.


Malachi 2:8 But ye [i.e. you priests] are departed out of the way [i.e. have departed from the way]; ye [i.e. you priests] have caused many to stumble at the law [i.e. by your teaching, by your instruction]; ye [i.e. you priests] have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.


(BKC) The priests were not giving true instruction.


Malachi 2:9 Therefore have I also made you [i.e. you priests] contemptible [i.e. despised] and base [i.e. low] before all the people, according as ye [i.e. because you priests] have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law [i.e. have shown partiality].


Not only were they guilty of offering unacceptable sacrifices to God and of unfaithfulness, they were also guilty of –

            C.  SPIRITUALLY MIXED MARRIAGES, 2:10-12


Malachi 2:10 Have we not all one father [i.e. God]? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning [i.e. by violating] the covenant of our fathers [i.e. the covenant made with our Fathers = the law]?


2:10 – (RSB) Marriages with non-Israelites violated the special relationship God had with the Jews as the father of that people. . . . Marriages with the heathen were prohibited in Ex. 34:14-16 and Deut. 7:3.


Exodus 34:14-1614 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: 15 Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice; 16 And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.


Deuteronomy 7:1-41 When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; 2 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them: 3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. 4 For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.


Malachi 2:11 Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned [i.e. desecrated] the holiness of the LORD which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god [i.e. by marrying women who worship a foreign god].


2:11 – (RSB) the daughter of a strange god. i.e., heathen girls brought foreign gods into Jewish homes. . . .


Malachi 2:12 The LORD will cut off the man [i.e. May the LORD cut off the man] that doeth this, the master and the scholar, out of the tabernacles of Jacob [i.e. everyone from the tents of Jacob = every Israelite], and him that offereth [i.e. even though he offers] an offering unto the LORD of hosts.


2:12 – (RSB) the master and the scholar. A proverbial expression for all living people.


This sermon is the 2nd part of the series, Study of Malachi. Other sermons in this series are: