The signs of the times – 22 – To the priests – 3

“Should Edom say, ‘We have been struck down but we will rebuild our ruins,’ this is the reply of HaShem of hosts: Let them build! I will pull down. They shall be known as Unholy Land and Nation-with-which-the-Lord-is-angry-for-ever. Your eyes are going to see this . . . The son honors his father, the slave respects his master. If I am indeed Father, where is My honor? If I am indeed Master, where is My respect? HaShem of hosts asks this of you, priests, you who despise My Name. You ask, ‘How have we despised Your Name?’ By putting polluted bread on My altar. You ask, ‘How have we polluted it?’ By holding the table of the Lord in contempt” (Mal 1:4-12).

“You cover the altar of the Lord with tears, with weeping and wailing, because He now refuses to consider the offering or to accept if from your hands. And you ask, ‘Why?’ It is because the HaShem stands as witness between you and the wife of your youth, the wife with whom you have broken faith, even though she was your partner and your wife by covenant . . . I hate divorce, says the Lord the God of Israel, and I hate people to parade their sins on their cloaks, says HaShem of hosts. Respect your own life, therefore, and do not break faith like this” (Mal 2:13-16).