This sermon considers the failure of the priests and the people of Israel. The priests failed to teach the law to the people. And the people were no better: marrying idolatrous followers of false gods and divorcing their own wives who were Israelites. Faithlessness was rampant in the leadership and in the people. Malachi continues his prosecution of the people for breaking the covenant which God had made with them. Israelâ€™s inability makes us consider our own inability and utter need for Godâ€™s grace.