The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #967: Malachi 2:15 with Daniel Whyte III

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This is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International with The Scripture & the Sense Podcast #967 where I read the Word of God and give the sense of it based on an authoritative commentary source such as the Bible Knowledge Commentary or Matthew Henry Commentary. This podcast is based upon Nehemiah 8:8 where it says Ezra and the Levites “read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.” The aim of this podcast is that through the simple reading of the Word of God and the giving of the sense of it, the church would be revived and the world would be awakened.

Today we are reading Malachi 2:15.

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.


That was Malachi 2:15. Now here is the sense of it.

The Bible Knowledge Commentary reads:

This is the most difficult verse in Malachi to translate. The first phrase could be either, “Did not One make them?” or “Did not He [the Lord] make one?” The first rendering emphasizes the creative and sovereign work of the one God. The second has several possibilities. It may refer to one wife, one child of Abraham (Isaac), one flesh (man and woman made one in marriage), or one covenant nation. The second sentence in verse 15 is even more difficult. Literally it reads, “And a remnant of the Spirit [or spirit] to him.” The NIV follows the view of many commentators and reads flesh in place of remnant. However, the primary motivation for this is the opinion that the first phrase alludes to Genesis 2:24, which speaks of man and woman becoming one in marriage. This view is possible because marriage is being discussed in Malachi 2:10–16. Probably a better view is that the prophet was contrasting the Lord’s faithfulness to Israel (His one covenant people) with the marital unfaithfulness of individual Israelites. This contrast had already been drawn in verse 10 and was involved in the discussion of the sin of intermarriage. In this view the one in the first clause in verse 15 refers to Israel as one people. The stress on oneness would have special significance in the postexilic period, as the former division between Israel and Judah was removed. (In verse 11 “Judah” and “Israel” are used interchangeably.) Therefore the first phrase might have an intended double reference: “Has He not made one people?” and “Has He not made the people one?” The second phrase could read, “and made them His spiritual remnant.” They could be His “spiritual” remnant only because He would fill them with His Spirit. Though Judah and Israel were united in Malachi’s day, the granting of the Holy Spirit to the remnant is still future. But it was described from God’s standpoint as if it had already taken place. Why was God concerned about the unity of His people? (And why one?) God is seeking a godly offspring (literally, “a seed of God”). “Seed” refers to the people corporately as the heir of His covenant promise and parallels the phrase “spiritual remnant.” Malachi’s command, So guard yourself in your spirit means to have the same desire for covenant unity that the Holy Spirit seeks, which would mean not violating the marriage covenant. Because the nation is one, no husband, Malachi said, should break faith with the wife of his youth by divorcing her.


Thank you for listening to the Scripture & The Sense Podcast. Remember to read the Word of God each and every day and pray without ceasing to God for wisdom to understand it and apply it to your life. Most importantly, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Please stay tuned for a complete presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ so that you can get your soul saved from Hell to that wonderful place called Heaven when you die. May God bless you and keep you is my prayer.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Mark 9:43-48: “And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

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