When Divorce is Scriptural and Marriage is Unscriptural by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

When Divorce is Scriptural and Marriage is Unscriptural
Dr. J. Vernon McGee

The Old Testament prophecy of Malachi reveals an age deadened to sin. The people of Israel had been drugged to an unconsciousness of sin. They were in a spiritual stupor with no conviction, which is the lowest state of sin. They mouthed surprise that God would find fault with their lifestyle. They were peevish and petulant children who affected ignorance of God's standards.
The sins of which Israel was guilty sound as familiar as the morning newspaper. You and I and our contemporary society need to hear again God's words of reproof, spoken through His man, Malachi the prophet.

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. (Malachi 2:11)

Malachi was very specific: "Judah has dealt treacherously, and an abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem." Now we know whom Malachi was talking about: Judah means the tribe of Judah, Israel includes all the twelve tribes, and Jerusalem was the capital.
"An abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem." God was talking about how they profaned the covenant of the fathers by dealing treacherously with one another. They were profaning the holiness of the Lord. God is holy, and God loves holiness. God doesn't love sin; He hates sin.
Now God would spell it out to them. He told them specifically what He was talking about - "He [the men of Judah and Israel] has married the daughter of a foreign god." The men saw the beautiful foreign girls who lived around them when they returned from their captivity in Babylon. So they were leaving their wives and marrying these foreign girls who served pagan deities. This brought idolatry into the nation.
We see this same thing all the way through the Word of God. I believe this is the situation in Genesis: 6:1-7 where we ar ...


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