M A L A C H I.
There are two great ordinances which divine wisdom
has instituted, the wretched profanation of both of which is
complained of and sharply reproved in this chapter. I. The
ordinance of the ministry, which is peculiar to the church, and is
designed for the maintaining and keeping up of that; this was
profaned by those who were themselves dignified with the honour of
it and entrusted with the business of it. The priests profaned the
holy things of God; this they are here charged with; their sin is
aggravated, and they are severely threatened for it, ver. 1-9. II. The ordinance of
marriage, which is common to the world of mankind, and was
instituted for the maintaining and keeping up of that; this was
profaned both by the priests and by the people, in marrying
strangers (ver. 11, 12),
treating their wives unkindly (ver.
13), putting them away (ver. 16), and herein dealing treacherously,
ver. 10, 14, 15. And
that which was at the bottom of this and other instances of
profaneness and downright atheism, thinking God altogether such a
one as themselves, which was, in effect, to say, There is no God,
ver. 17. And these reproofs
to them are warnings to us.