Summary: In this passage God is going to reveal what He calls treacherous living. Problem: People deal treacherously against their brother.
According to Dr. Lana Staneli, author of a book on marital triangles, “Of those who break up their marriage to marry someone else, eighty percent are sorry later. Of those who do marry their lover, which is only about ten percent, about seventy percent of them get a divorce. Of that twenty-five to thirty percent that stay married, only half of them are happy. Having an affair is an invitation to an awful lot of pain and tragedy.”
Laura Schlessinger, The Ten Commandments: The Significance of God’s Laws in Everyday Life (New York: HarperCollins, 1998), 223-224.
The Main Point: Since Christ is your Father, you must be faithful in your familial relationships.
The theme: Christ loves with unchanging love; therefore, respond to Him with reverence (respect, honor, esteem, worship, venerate, exalt).
Give attention to His message, His messenger and His method (using His pattern of ministry).
How has God loved you? He elected you and He keeps you from being consumed.
How have we despised His name? Through actions that thwart His universal plan (making His name great among the nations) and through actions that violate His character (acting out of divine character). It is practicing irreverence through corrupt worship (cheap and heartless).
Who is to blame? First, His ministers who fail to honor His name. They receive a curse and must change their ways, to obey and reverence Him as they instruct His people. Secondly, the people are to blame.
Why does God reject offerings?
I. People profane their covenant with God. v. 10-12
A. By dealing treacherously with family members (10).
Job 31:15 "Did not He who made me in the womb make him, And the same one fashion us in the womb?
1Co 3:16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
Eph 4:6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.
1. Treacherous against your brother
2. Those who have been set apart to God
B. By dealing treacherously with God’s sanctuary (11).
Ezra (457 B.C.), Nehemiah (445 B.C.), Hosea (780 B.C.)
Hos 6:7 But like Adam they have transgressed the covenant; There they have dealt treacherously against Me.
1. It is an abomination to marry a non-believer.
2. It is spiritual adultery (infidelity)
1Co 6:15-16 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! 16 Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, "THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH."
C. By dealing treacherously one incites God’s judgment (12)
Incite-Spark, prompt, provoke, encourage
1. God will cut him off (utterly destroy).
2. His family will be cut off.
Those who entered mixed marriages would be cut off. BBC
Christians living with unsaved… Christians marrying the unsaved…
Just as God judged these Israelites, He will also judge us.
Now what? Be faithful to the Lord! Don’t chase after those that would cause you to be defiled! Protect yourself….