Summary: In chapter one Malachi addressed the subject of God’s compassion for Israel (verses 1-5). In verses 6-14 the priests and the people are charged with cheating, offering defective animals for sacrifices. In this chapter the unfaithfulness of the priests, th
In chapter one Malachi addressed the subject of God’s compassion for Israel (verses 1-5). In verses 6-14 the priests and the people are charged with cheating, offering defective animals for sacrifices. In this chapter the unfaithfulness of the priests, the violation of the ordinance of marriage, impiety, and impenitence are addressed.The priests are charged with
profaning of the Lord’s name and violating His commands
and statues. They were not performing their duties as teachers and expositors of the law and commandments of the Lord. This responsibility of the priests remains in the hands of pastors and teachers in the church today. Those who pastor are under the authority of the Senior Pastor, Jesus Christ. The greatest teacher that has ever or will ever walk on the face of this earth. When pastors and teachers follow the example set by the priests the Lord has filed a charge of failing to perform their duties against them in the Lord’s heavenly court.
If the priests do not pay attention to what Malachi has to say to them and honor the name of the Lord of hosts He will send the curse upon them (Deuteronomy 27:15-26; 28:15-68). The inescapable result of breaking the covenant was the imposing of the curses that are spelled out in the covenant texts (Leviticus 26:14-39; Deuteronomy 27:11-26; 28:15-57). Part of the curse the Lord will send upon the priests involve their offspring. They will be removed from the priest-hood. The intent of the warning of the curse was to convince the priests they must turn from their evil
ways and evil deeds and return to the Lord so that the covenant with Levi could continue.
Verse five - “My covenant with him was one of life and peace, and I gave them to him as an object of reverence; so he revered Me and stood in awe of My name.”
This is called a covenant of life and peace because it was intended for the support of religion, which brings life and peace to the souls of men and peace to the distressed, or because life and peace were by this covenant promised to those priests that faithfully and conscientiously discharged their duty. What is here said of the covenant of priesthood is true of the covenant of grace made with all believers, as spiritual priests; it is a covenant of life and peace; it assures all believers of life and peace, ever-lasting peace, everlasting life, all happiness both in this world and in that to come.
This covenant was made with the whole tribe of Levi when they were distinguished from the rest of the tribes, were not numbered with them, but were taken from among them and appointed over the “tabernacle of testimony (Numbers 1:49-50). By virtue of this appointment the Lord says, “I have taken the Levites from among the sons of Israel instead of every firstborn, the first issue of the womb among the sons of Israel. So the Levites shall be Mine (Numbers 3:12). This covenant was made with Aaron when he and his sons were taken to “minister as priest to” the Lord