by Fred Lowery

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The Covenant (2 of 10)
Series: Covenant Marriage
Fred Lowry
February 8,1998

If you have never been married, I want you to listen up. If you have been divorced I want you to listen up. If you are married and your marriage is good or fair or bad, I want you to listen up. If I missed up, please listen. Because when we talk about covenant in one way or another, it needs to touch your life. Is your marriage a contract or is it a covenant. That was the question that we left on the table from last week. But the truth is marriage is most often no more than two married singles living together. 50% of all marriages living in divorce-, 60% of new marriages ending in divorce. Over 50% of wedding couples dabbling in extra-marital affairs. We are number 1 in the world in divorce and some people believe that is our greatest problem because when you think of all the other problems, the spin-offs from divorce in this country. There is a passage in Malachi 2 - it sounds harsh in the first glance, it is certainly not politically correct but it is in God's word and we need to look at it. Because what God says we can count on. It is truth. And it shows God's plan for marriage is covenant. And it presents the danger of breaking that covenant. Mal. 2-13-15. God says I am walking into the courtroom and I am witnessing against you because you are divorcing your mate. God said, let no man separate what he joins in covenant. Marriage is a divine covenant. It is a divine institution. God is involved and God says don't separate that covenant unless I put my approval on it. God kills the covenant for two reasons; 1) adultery and death. In Gen. 15-9, we see the covenant that God cut with Abraham and then Isaac and Jacob. God says that He would bless him and make him a great nation; that he would give him a land of rest from his enemies; and that out of his seed (singular) every nation of the world would be blessed. He also said that his descendants would be in captivity (bondage) fo ...

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