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Faithfulness in Marriage
Marriage is a companionship and a covenant that should not be broken by unfaithfulness.
Published December 22nd, 2020; Updated March 27th, 2021
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God does not accept your offerings because you have been unfaithful to your wives, violating God's design and purpose in marriage. Therefore, be faithful because divorcing your wives incurs God’s judgment.
Malachi 2:13-16
And this second thing you do.
And this is the second sin that you commit.
w You cover the Lord ’s altar with tears,
You cry and cry and cry
with weeping and groaning
with weeping and groaning.
because he no longer regards the offering
because God doesn’t pay attention to your offering anymore
or accepts it with favor from your hand.
or is pleased by what you sacrifice to him.
x But you say,
Surprisingly, you say, cluelessly,
“Why does he not?”
“Why on earth is Yahweh, our God, ignoring our offering, which he commanded us to make?”
Because the Lord y was witness between you and the wife of your youth ,
The reason is this: Yahweh has seen how you have treated the wife that you were once in love with,
z to whom t you have been faithless,
how you have cheated on her and divorced her,
though she is your companion
even though she is your friend
and your wife by covenant.
and you made a marriage covenant with her, promising to be faithful.
a Did he not make them one,
God made Adam and Eve one,
with a portion of the Spirit in their union? 1
and put his spirit within their union.
And what was the one God 2 seeking? 3
And what was God’s purpose in making them one?
b Godly offspring.
It was so that they would have children who love God and obey him.
So guard yourselves 4 in your spirit,
Therefore, keep watch over your inner self
and let none of you be t faithless to the wife of your youth .
so that you do not fail to be faithful to the wife that you once were in love with.
“For c the man who does not love his wife
“Because, the man who hates his wife
but divorces her, 1
and divorces her,
says the Lord , the God of Israel,
says Yahweh, the God who created and sustains Israel,
covers 2 his garment with violence,
has defiled his character,
says the Lord of hosts.
says Yahweh, commander of heavenly armies.
So guard yourselves in your spirit,
Again, because divorce is sinful, keep watch over your inner self.
and t do not be faithless.”
and do not fail to be faithful to your marriage covenant.”
You cry because Yahweh doesn’t accept your offering.
Surprisingly, you wonder why he doesn’t accept your offerings. It is because you haven’t been faithful to your wives.
When a man and woman get married, God makes them one flesh and puts his Spirit in their union.
THEREFORE, be faithful to your wives because divorcing your wife incurs God’s judgment.
God does not accept your offerings because you haven’t been faithful to your wives.
Malachi 2:13-16
Israel’s Sin: They Were Unfaithful to Their Wives
God is not accepting their offerings
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.
The reason: unfaithfulness
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.
Why unfaithfulness is sinful
Purpose of marriage
Did he not make them one,
with a portion
of the Spirit
in their union?
And what was the one God seeking?
Godly offspring.
Guard yourselves and be faithful
How Israel Should Repent
So guard yourselves
in your spirit,
and let none of you be faithless
to the wife
of your youth.
who does not love his wife
but divorces her,
says the Lord, the God
of Israel,
“... the man ... covers his garment
with violence,
^[For] says the Lord
of hosts.
So guard yourselves
in your spirit,
and do not be faithless.”
While God certainly has dominion over Israel, indicating a Subordination relationship, I think that their covenantal relationship is emphasized in the phrase “God of Israel”.
Disclaimer: The opinions and conclusions expressed on this page are those of the author and may or may not accord with the positions of Biblearc or Bethlehem College & Seminary.