As I am preaching through the Book of Malachi on Sunday evenings, we came to a paragraph with rich insights on marriage. The context of Malachi 2:10-16 is a rebuke of the men of the nation of Judah for marrying foreign women. The problem is not a racial issue, but a spiritual one. He calls the new wives “daughter(s) of a foreign god” (2:11).
In addressing their problems in marriage, Malachi teaches some important truths about the nature of marriage. Here are some principles gleaned from Malachi 2:14:
- God is a witness to hold us accountable to the sacred commitments/vows of marriage.
- The primary purpose of marriage is companionship (even more than procreation).
- Marriage is a covenant—a sacred, binding commitment.
Well, there is much more to be said on marriage (and other topics as well) from Malachi 2. You can listen to the sermon I preached here.