Daily Devotional Sunday 5th January 2020

by William Moody

Malachi 2:10–17

Judah Profaned the Covenant

10 Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why then are we faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of our fathers? 11 Judah has been faithless, and abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem. For Judah has profaned the sanctuary of the LORD, which he loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god. 12 May the LORD cut off from the tents of Jacob any descendant1 of the man who does this, who brings an offering to the LORD of hosts!

13 And this second thing you do. You cover the LORD’s altar with tears, with weeping and groaning because he no longer regards the offering or accepts it with favor from your hand. 14 But you say, “Why does he not?” Because the LORD was 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 he not make them one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union?2 And what was the one God3 seeking?4 Godly offspring. So guard yourselves5 in your spirit, and let none of you be faithless to the wife of your youth. 16 “For the man who does not love his wife but divorces her,6 says the LORD, the God of Israel, covers7 his garment with violence, says the LORD of hosts. So guard yourselves in your spirit, and do not be faithless.”

The Messenger of the Lord

17 You have wearied the LORD with your words. But you say, “How have we wearied him?” By saying, “Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delights in them.” Or by asking, “Where is the God of justice?”


[1] 2:12 Hebrew any who wakes and answers
[2] 2:15 Hebrew in it
[3] 2:15 Hebrew the one
[4] 2:15 Or And not one has done this who has a portion of the Spirit. And what was that one seeking?
[5] 2:15 Or So take care; also verse 16
[6] 2:16 Hebrew who hates and divorces
[7] 2:16 Probable meaning (compare Septuagint and Deuteronomy 24:1–4); or “The Lord, the God of Israel, says that he hates divorce, and him who covers


The covenant with God is broken through faithlessness among God’s people to each other (v10). The seriousness in their unfaithfulness to each other is highlighted in having the one Father and Creator. Creator here may have reference to the spiritual work of creating the people of God.

Marrying people from other nations was forbidden (v11-12) because it contaminated worship by bringing false worshippers and false ideas among God’s people (Deut. 7 v3-4). This principle still applies today, God’s people must marry God’s people, Christian must marry Christian.

Personal sin in marriage was affecting their worship of God (v13-14). In putting away their first wives, the Jews were breaking the marriage covenant that was made (v14b). They were breaking what God had joined (v15a) and working against the prospect of godly seed (v15b). God loves faithful marriage and hates divorce (v16-17).

Pray for good relations among God’s people in the church and particularly for good relations in marriages close to you.

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