“And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 2:4)
In the midst of human failure and degradation, the truth of this verse provides encouragement to those who fear God. Despite the failures of these Levitical priests, the Lord would protect and honor His covenant with Levi. The Lord is not asking for the cooperation of these wayward priests in order that His covenant with Levi might continue. He needs no such assistance from man. Since these priests were corrupt, the Lord would put them away and preserve the priesthood for a future generation that will honor it. As the last of the last days draws nearer, more and more people “push” into Christianity and blaspheme God's name through words and deeds; however, God is not threatened. He has built His Church upon “this Rock [Christ]...and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).” The wicked will soon see with whom God has made His covenant. He preserves His own.