The "Burden (or oracle) of the Lord" in Malachi 2
was directly condemning the priests for failure to uphold two great and divine ordinances: Marriage and the kind treatment of women, and not teaching the knowledge from God.
God says through Malachi, "You priests! This command is directed at you! God will curse you and everything that you bless if you do not listen to this and give honor to My (God's) name!" Moreover, I (God) have already cursed you, because you have not held this to your heart.
God warned that he would rebuke them and their offspring. He called their offerings "dung" and said that they would be taken away with it.
His covenant with Levi was one of life and peace. Levi was the Priesthood, and God said that he sent this message through Malachi so that His covenant with Levi might stand.
Levi walked with God in peace and uprightness, and turned many away from iniquity. The lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and the people should seek instruction from the words of the priest under the covenant of the Old Testament. Jesus Christ had not came to become the high priest, and God's children could only learn from the priests who now had turned towards wicked ways. God said, "You have caused many to stumble by your instruction and corrupted the covenant of Levi."
God asked the priests through Malachi, "Do we not all have one Father? Has not one God created us? Why, then, are you faithless to one another, profaning the covenant of the fathers?"
The people had became unfaithful to their own wives and their own people. The people of Judah had profaned the sanctuary of the Lord by marrying daughters of a foreign god. God said that he would cut them and their descendants off from the tents of Jacob. Any man who does this would be cut off, even if they bring offerings to the Lord of hosts. Their offering was unclean.
God said through Malachi that there was a second thing that was an abomination to Him. By continuing to give offering to God while they were joined with people of idolatry, they were covering the Lord's altar with tears, weeping and groaning. He no longer accepted their offerings.
The Lord was witness between them and the wives of their youth. They had been faithless though she was their companion and their wife by covenant. God made them both one, with a portion of the Spirit in their union.
God asked them through Malachi: "What was the One True God seeking? Godly offspring!" He commanded them to guard themselves in spirit, and let none of them be faithless to their wives. God said that the man who divorces his wife covers his own garment with violence. Therefore, they should guard themselves and not be faithless to them.
God spoke out against universalism: "You have wearied the Lord by saying that everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and that He delights in them. You have also wearied the Lord by asking, 'where is the God of justice.'" Like today, the people of that day did not believe that God would come with judgement, and were challenging the Judge.
As Christians, we should ask ourselves: Do we keep all
the commandments of God towards our women? Do we treat them as our partners or our slaves? Do our pastors teach love and respect for our women, training the young men to uphold their unions of marriage? Or do they teach that the women are lessor in God's eyes? Do they condemn the women for Eve's sin, trying to make them less in stature, when the scriptures say that "by one man
sin came into the world? Have the pastors upheld the commandments given by God, or is it an abomination to Him? Could it be that the pastors are actually causing the failures in marriage by not preaching the Truth?