vs. 1-2 - the withholding of God's gifts and the
power to enjoy them.
vs. 5 -7
"My covenant was with him of life and peace" - one
side of the covenant which God gave - the blessing of
life, abundance, prosperity and security and
undisturbed enjoyment of these"
God's gifts were life and peace - Levi's part was
fear of God - the ideal priest observed all the duties
of piety and reverence,
v. 6 - "the Law of truth was in his mouth" - Deut. 31:10-13
"iniquity was not found in his lips" - neither false doctrine
nor perverse judgment was found in him - no - you know
"he walked with me" - not only his teaching was true,
but his life was pure and good; he was the friend of God,
living always in His presence, in peace and uprightness!
he "did turn many away from iniquity" - led many
sinners to repentance and amendment.
v. 7 - "the priest's lips should keep knowledge"
It was the priest's duty to study the Law and to teach it
"he is the messenger from the Lord of hosts" - HE IS
SENT TO THE WORLD BY THE DIVINE MASTER
WITH DEFINITE INSTRUCTIONS!
The burden is not "This I think" but "THUS SAITH
They are never to:
"hold down the truth in unrighteousness" - Rom. 1:18
He announces God's will to men, explaining the Law
to meet the varied circumstances which occur in
v. 8 - But they departed out of the way and had
declined from the high ideal set forth in vs. 6-7.
They caused "many to stumble at the Law"
v. 9 - "I also made you contemptible and base before
all the people.....ye have not kept my ways, but
have been partial in the law"
vs. 10-16 - violations of the law of marriage
v. 11 - "Judah hath dealt treacherously...hath profaned
the holiness of the Lord.....and married the
daughter of a strange god"
treacherous - acting faithlessly against another
The person who does this virtually cuts himself off from
the commonwealth of the saints, that he may join the
congregation of the aliens - he thus exposes himself to
the judgment of God, who will be impartial in His
treatment of all classes of those that lead into sin and
those that are lead - i.e. - "master and scholar" - the
deceiver and the deceived.
v. 10 - "why?"
v. 12 - "The Lord will cut off the man that doeth this" -
it doesn't matter who!
vs. 14-16 - "Yet ye say, Wherefore? - the people will not
acknowledge their guiltiness.
"against whom thou hast dealt treacherously" - deserted
Divorce was never contemplated in the first institution
No one acts as you have done who has in him any of that
Divine life which God at first breathed into man; in other
words, no man of conscience and virtue has ever divorced
Why did He make two one? that there might be godly
Dwight Moody said "It is much easier to lead your
children into Sodom than to get them back"
Those who repudiate their own wives and marry strange
women do not so to raise up children to God, but to
satisfy their carnal lusts.
"the Lord hath been witness between thee
and the wife of thy youth...the Lord, the God of
Israel, saith that He hateth putting away......take
heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously."
v. 15 - "did not He make one?"
Where is the spirit of "If two were ever one, then we?"
God desires unity in the home - I Pet. 3:7 -
God was a witness of every word and vow at your marriage
ceremony - through the following years He notes how those
promises are kept - He is still a witness of every act of wrong
on the part of either husband or wife and He "is the
avenger of all such" - I Thess. 4:6
Aggravations of this sin are suggested by the terms
"companion", "wife of thy youth", "wife of thy
Sin is infectious - if we deal treacherously against our
"brother" - v. 10 - what does this do to other husbands
or the unmarried whom by example you may debauch
Our relations to men depends on our relation to God!
Beware lest ye lose the spirit which God has given you. By
acting thus contrary to conscience and the light vouchsafed
to them, they ran the risk of being deprived altogether of this
heavenly guide, and losing all distinction between right and
"He hateth putting away" - God hates divorce - it is
contrary to His original institution and was only
allowed for the hardness of men's hearts.
Matt. 19:3-9 Deut. 24:4 - causing the land to sin!!!?
Put her away if you please but you must bear the consequences.
Home Room information in my early teaching years - I was
flabbergasted that around half had names different than
who they lived with.
"for one (who does so) covereth violence with his garment,
saith the Lord of hosts " - Iniquity attaches itself to him,
plainly encircling and enfolding him; the clothing of iniquity
is the mark of the foul soul within.
Two great mistakes made:
(1) unfaithfulness to spouse - adultery
(2) unfaithfulness to God - spiritual adultery
v. 17 - Wearying the Lord with words - wearing out God's
patience by murmuring and discontent.
"Yet ye say" and v. 14 with those of chapter 1 -
"ye say" - v. 2, 6, 7 (2), 12
"ye said" - v. 13
Two more mistakes: "Yet ye say"
(1) calling evil doers good in the sight of the Lord
and that He delights in them
(2) doubting God's judgment (New Testament parallel - II Pet. 3:4)