Observations from the Book of Malachi (Part 4 – Fidelity)

malachi-492x300The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi (v.1) –

“For Judah has profaned The Lord’s holy institution which He loves; He has married the daughter of a foreign god.” (2:11b)

Fidelity: 1] the quality or state of being faithful 2] accuracy syn – allegiance, loyalty, devotion. {Webster’s Dictionary}

As we have seen, the nation of Israel during the time of Malachi had a real problem with fidelity to God – as in they had none. They displayed no love for God. They threw their leftovers on His altar. They were profane and poor witnesses to the other nations around them. And their spiritual leaders were duplicitous in the whole mess. Is it any surprise that they would also engage in a direct assault on the Lord’s holy institution of marriage? The men were frivolously divorcing their wives and marrying foreign women and their foreign gods. Through Malachi the Lord of hosts takes the witness stand as a “witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously; yet she is your companion and wife by covenant.” (v.14)

The people’s response again was a dim-witted dull-hearted, “WHAT!?” God thunders, “Did (I) not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit? And why one? (I seek) godly offspring. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously with the wife of his youth.” (v.15) God’s purpose for marriage is to give mankind an experiential daily exercise in fidelity and intimacy as intended between the Creator and the created. Also from the covenant of marriage comes procreation, not only for physical extension, but with a spiritual result, aka, “godly offspring”. Cast off wives and yokes to foreign women and their gods abdicated this process.

Jesus tells us “if anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” He also says, “no one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:23, 62) Jesus Christ demands absolute fidelity to Himself. We are not to be yoked to anyone or anything other than Him and His own. There is to be no foreign anything, only complete faithfulness, allegiance, loyalty and devotion to the Lord God. This intimate “marriage” will indeed produce godly offspring.

You, me, is our cross on our shoulder or just lying around? Are our hands on the plow, yet still looking back? Do we have complete fidelity to God or are we entangled and unevenly yoked with foreign things?

Next time: (Part 5 – Refiner)

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