The people of Israel had grown accustom to giving God lip service without any intention of following his ways. Sadly, the practice filtered down through his anointed priests and carried through to the spiritual leaders of the households. While the priests still continued with their priestly duties of coordinating sacrifices and temple upkeep, they had long abandoned the true worship of God. It became so pronounced, that it embarrassed God. The lack of reverence for God by the priests filtered through the people. They no longer saw the point of worshipping God exclusively.
In addition, since they saw no need to worship God exclusively, they also saw no need to keep their marriage covenants exclusive; nor, did they see any point of only marrying among those of his chosen race. In short, no covenants he had established carried any weight with the people. The result was a complete lack of order or respect for God, family or authority.
Fast forward to 2016, If we look at the culture, we see that the once holy and powerful church has succumbed to compromise and political correctness. Things that were once condemned as sin are now tolerated and in many cases encouraged. The desire to put on a great show for God often supersedes any desire to truly seek and worship him. This lack of reverence flows down through the culture so that once sacrosanct covenants are now simple ceremonies and traditions that no more bind couples and families together than would a verbal contract. The end result is the same—a national culture that has no respect for life, marriage, family or authority. It truly makes God, our loving father, sick to watch.
We as a church must rise above the chaos and restore reverence and respect in our families, churches and ultimately our communities. It starts in our homes, then our fellowships and ultimately can spread throughout our communities—but it requires our personal and daily commitment to make God 1st in our hearts and our lives. If we will simply follow him, he will truly honor and once again bless our land—let’s do this together!!!
God Bless You
“And now, you priests, this warning is for you. 2 If you do not listen, and if you do not resolve to honor my name,” says the Lord Almighty, “I will send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honor me.
3 “Because of you I will rebuke your descendants; I will smear on your faces the dung from your festival sacrifices, and you will be carried off with it. 4 And you will know that I have sent you this warning so that my covenant with Levi may continue,” says the Lord Almighty. 5 “My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. 6 True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin.
7 “For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, because he is the messenger of the Lord Almighty and people seek instruction from his mouth. 8 But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi,” says the Lord Almighty. 9 “So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law.”
10 Do we not all have one Father? Did not one God create us? Why do we profane the covenant of our ancestors by being unfaithful to one another?
11 Judah has been unfaithful. A detestable thing has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem: Judah has desecrated the sanctuary the Lord loves by marrying women who worship a foreign god. 12 As for the man who does this, whoever he may be, may the Lord remove him from the tents of Jacob—even though he brings an offering to the Lord Almighty.
13 Another thing you do: You flood the Lord’s altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer looks with favor on your offerings or accepts them with pleasure from your hands. 14 You ask, “Why?” It is because the Lord is the witness between you and the wife of your youth. You have been unfaithful to her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.
15 Has not the one God made you? You belong to him in body and spirit. And what does the one God seek? Godly offspring. So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful to the wife of your youth.
16 “The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the Lord Almighty.
So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful.
17 You have wearied the Lord with your words.
“How have we wearied him?” you ask.
By saying, “All who do evil are good in the eyes of the Lord, and he is pleased with them” or “Where is the God of justice?”