Tuesday, May 15, 2012

21. Who Instituted Marriage?

Matthew 19:4-6 says,
And He answered and said to them, Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female,'
And said, "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'?
"So then, they are no longer two but one flesh, therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate."

Malachi 2:13-17 says,
And this is the second thing you do:
You cover the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping and crying;
So He does not regard the offering anymore,
Nor receive it with goodwill from your hands.
Yet you say, "For what reason?"
Because the Lord has been witness between you and the wife of your youth, with whom you have dealt treacherously;
Yet she is your companion and your wife by covenant.
But did He not make them one, having a remnant of the Spirit?
And why one? He seeks godly offspring.
Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously
With the wife of his youth.
"For the Lord God of Israel says that He hates divorce,
For it covers one's garment with violence," says the Lord of hosts.
"Therefore take heed to your spirit,
That you do not deal treacherously."
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?"
Matthew Henry's commentary on Malachi 2:10-17, best illuminates this scripture passage. I find it most difficult to add to his words:

Corrupt practices are the fruit of corrupt principles; he who is false to his God, will not be true to his fellow mortals. In contempt of the marriage covenant which God instituted, the Jews put away the wives they had of their own nation, probably to make room for strange wives. They made their lives bitter to them, yet, in the sight of others, they pretend to be tender of them. Consider she is thy wife, thy own; the nearest of the relation thou hast in the world. The wife is to be looked on, not as a servant, but as a companion to the husband. There is an oath of God between them which is not to be trifled with. Man and wife should continue to their live's end, in holy love and peace.Did not God make one, one Eve for one Adam. Yet God could have made another Eve.
Wherefore did He make but one woman for one man? It was that the children might be made a seed to serve Him. Husbands and wives must live in the fear of God, that their seed may be a godly seed. The God of Israel saith that He hateth putting away. Those who would be kept from sin, must take heed to their spirits, for there all sin begins.
Men will find that their wrong conduct in their families springs forth from selfishness, which disregards the welfare and happiness of others, when opposed to their own passions and fancies. It is wearisome to God to hear people to justify themselves in wicked practices. Those who think God can be a friend to sin, affront Him, and deceive themselves. The scoffers said, where is the God of judgement? But the day of the Lord will come."
(Matthew Henry's Commentary, Malachi 2:10-17, taken from


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