Background: Malachi is the last book in the Old Testament and He is the final of three prophets who prophesied to Judah after God’s people had returned from exile in Babylon. Although the people have been restored to the land, they have fallen back into sin. The priests no longer honor God, men have married foreign idolatrous women who do not know God and everyone has hardened their hearts. Malachi was sent to warn God’s people that Gods judgement day will bring purification if they don’t repent now. These are the last words God’s people will hear for 400 years until the coming of Christ.
Malachi uses an example of marriage to describle Judah’s unfaithfulness to God.
Ask the children…
How does Malachi describe the faithfulness of the God’s people towards God?
“Because the Lord witnessed the vows you and your wife made when you were young. But you have been unfaithful to her, though she remained your faithful partner, the wife of your marriage vows.” (Malachi 2:14)
God sees His relationship with His people like a marriage. They made vows to each other. God has been like the faithful marital partner, but His people have been unfaithful. What does Malachi encourage the people to do?
“So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth.” (Malachi 2:15) .
Ask your children if they have thought of their relationship with God as a marriage? What does that tell them about their part and God’s part in the relationship? God is like the faithful bridegroom who will never leave us or forsake us no matter what. How should we respond as God’s loving bride?
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