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PROFANING THE COVENANT
Malachi 2:10 “Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously with one another by profaning the covenant of the fathers?”
In this lesson we are going to explore what the consequences are of turning our backs on God and the godly traditions that were handed down to us by the fathers. In our opening text we see an immediate progression of what happens when we reject God’s covenant.
God is a God of covenant, He is in covenant with all the creation, both animate and inanimate, everything functions because of
His covenant that He keeps with His creation. Inanimate objects just follow the laws of nature to which they are subject to. Animate creatures like animals just follow the laws that they are subject to by their natural instincts.
However, we human creatures were created in the image of God with the ability to reason out intelligently the very laws (covenant) to which we are subject to, and thereby, we have the ability to understand the benefits and the consequences that our obedience or disobedience to those laws will bring upon us.
Hosea 6:7 “But like men (literally, Adam) they transgressed the covenant; there they dealt treacherously with Me.”
The first violation of God’s covenant was committed by Adam the first man, and the nature of the violation had to do with him believing the words of Satan, who told him that he was naked and therefore he was no good to God, over the words of God, who had told Adam that he was good even though he was naked:
Genesis 1:31 “Then God saw everything that He had made (including Adam and Eve who were both naked), and indeed was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
Genesis 2:25 “And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed (until Satan told them that they were both naked).”
So that in their nature, all covenant violations have as their roots rebellion against the Word of God!
We see that in our opening text, where the prophet has to ask out loud: Have we not all one Father? Rejection of His Word is in essence a rejection of His Fatherhood over us, which in turn leads men to deny that they were created by Him in the first place, that is why the prophet asks secondly: Has not one God created us? And of course, if we reject God’s Word as stated in His covenant that governs the interactions of men (love thy neighbor), then we end up with the: Why do we deal treacherously with one another. Hello! Because we are profaning God’s covenant with the fathers, that is why we are in the mess we are in.
The teaching of evolution is in essence a cover for those who do not want to be under the rules of God’s covenant with the fathers. In order to deny the existence of God as our Father and Creator they needed to replace God’s Word with a myth, in order to dupe the less informed into thinking that they are not really in rebellion to the governing covenant of God’s law when they deny their Creator.
That ruse worked only for a little while by having so called scientists teach that such a myth was scientifically possible, until DNA proved them all wrong, but that hasn’t stopped them, proving to all that it was never truth that they were after, it was unadulterated rebellion against God and His covenant all along that drove them.
Malachi 2:11 “Judah has dealt treacherously, and an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem, for Judah has profaned the Lord’s holy institution which He loves: he has married the daughter of a foreign god.”
The prophet Malachi is dealing with two separate issues that have relevance to one another, he is first dealing with a spiritual issue, and secondly, with a physical one. The spiritual issue is their idolatry, and the physical issue is their violation of the institution of marriage.
Violation of God’s covenant which is spiritual adultery in nature, is always followed by the violation of God’s laws that govern the physical interactions of mankind.
We see that in our culture today, first comes the rejection of God as our Father and Creator, which is then followed by the rejection of the Lord’s holy institutions, such as that of marriage being between a man and a woman. The profaning of God’s covenant always follows a natural and predictable progression that is fraught with evil consequences.
But wait it gets worse!
Malachi 2:12 “May the Lord cut off from the tents of Jacob the man who does this, being awake and aware, yet who brings an offering to the Lord of Hosts!”
The evolution of their rebellion is now very clear. There is now proof available to the nations of the world, scientific proof, that God is not only our Father and Creator, but that He is coming back soon to establish His kingdom here on earth, and yet their rebellion is breathtaking, to the point that they think that God will have to accept their redefinition of God’s holy institutions which they have perverted.
Malachi 2:17 “You have wearied the Lord with your words; yet you say, ‘In what way have we wearied Him?’ In that you say, ‘Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them,’ or ‘Where is the God of justice?’”
Once their cover was blown and were finally out of excuses about God’s true existence, they resorted to redefining the terms of God’s covenant by saying: Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, after all, they say, God is love, and then they comfort themselves by saying: Where is the God of justice? In other words, we have been getting away with it all these many years, why judge us now?
Malachi 4:1 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, that will leave them neither root nor branch.”
God’s wheels of justice may seem to move slowly to the wicked, but when they finally come there will be no compromise, for the Lord’s covenant is unbreakable, immutable, and unchangeable. The only protection afforded to us is to stay connected to the roots of the covenant which God handed down to us through the fathers, by keeping the godly traditions and acknowledging Him who created us and who sustains us.
Malachi 4:2-3 “But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this, says the Lord.”
It pays to stay faithful to the covenant, for after all, our God is a merciful God who loves us, but if we disown Him, He will disown us and have no choice other than to reject those who reject Him.
Malachi 4:6 “And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”
Let us strive to make sure that our hearts are towards the godly traditions that the fathers have handed down to us, let us remain faithful to them, do not fall for the persuading lies of the devil that prompt you to break away from tradition, for if you do, your feet are not swift enough to deliver you from the strike of the curse upon the earth that follows such treacherous rebellion.