Week Five Homework | Covenant 5-1 | Kay Arthur

The Covenant of Marriage

Girls, this may be a touchy subject for some, it is not my desire to upset anyone as we dive into todays homework on this covenant. Please do know that everything I refer to in our homework is straight out of the lesson plan or from scripture itself. I would never intentionally post anything on this blog aimed to hurt anyone. I posted a commentary regarding our main passage in Malachi 2. I hope this will explain in better detail. :)

In these passages we learn that The Lord is the witness in the covenant between man and woman in marriage.

vs.16 Why does God hate divorce? It is the same as covering oneself with a garment of wrong, heed to the spirit so you won't deal treacherously.

When you understand the principles of covenant and the oneness of covenant you can understand why marriage is so important to the Lord.

Insights from todays lesson on the marriage covenant...
-putting on one another's robe
-two becoming on
-covenant before God
-protecting and aiding your covenant
-taking care of your children

Let's see if John Wesley's Commentary can help us understand clearly.

Verse 13
[13] And this have ye done again, covering the altar of the LORD with tears, with weeping, and with crying out, insomuch that he regardeth not the offering any more, or receiveth it with good will at your hand.
And this — Beside that first fault, you have committed another, you misuse, and afflict your Jewish wives, whom alone you should have cherished.
With tears — Your despised wives fly to the temple, weep and cry to God for redress.
With weeping — This is added to shew the abundance of their tears.
He — The Lord.

Verse 14
[14] Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.
The wife of thy covenant — To whom thou art so firmly bound, that while she continues faithful, thou canst not be loosed.

Verse 15
[15] And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
One — But one man, and one woman.
Yet — Yet he could have made more.
Wherefore one — One couple, and no more.
A godly seed — A holy seed born to God in chaste wedlock, and bred as they were born, in the fear of God.
Take heed — Keep your heart from wandering after strange wives.

Verse 16
[16] For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

Putting away — Divorce, such as these petulant Jews used to make way for some new wives, which God hates as much as putting away.

What a great day of hard study today girls, pat yourself on the back and I'll see you next time.

Note Card Verses:
Gen 2:24
The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, for she was taken out of man." For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

1 Cor 6:15-17
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? It is said, two become one flesh. But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

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