Malachi 1:6-11 (NIV)
Breaking Covenant Through Blemished Sacrifices
6 “A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty.
“It is you priests who show contempt for my name.
“But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?'”
7 “By offering defiled food on my altar.
“But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’
“By saying that the Lord’s table is contemptible. 8 When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.
9 “Now plead with God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?”—says the Lord Almighty.
10 “Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar! I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord Almighty, “and I will accept no offering from your hands. 11 My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty.
Malachi 2:1-3 (NIV)
“And now, you priests, this warning is for you. 2 If you do not listen, and if you do not resolve to honor my name,” says the Lord Almighty, “I will send a curse on you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not resolved to honor me.
3 “Because of you I will rebuke your descendants; I will smear on your faces the dung from your festival sacrifices, and you will be carried off with it.
What are your first impressions reading the verses above?
What did you learn about God’s heart/the heart of the Israelites from the text above/Pastor Mike’s message?
When it comes to your walk with God, what things can become empty or ritualistic like the Israelite’s sacrifices?
How did those things become that way? How can you move forward, doing things from the heart rather than a sense of duty?
In what areas of your life are you bringing God second best?
Confess to the Lord where you have displayed this attitude and think about what it looks like practically to bring your best to God in these areas of your life.
“The biblical book of Malachi? Not so popular because God seems angry! And who wants to worship or serve or follow and angry God? But the more time I spend in Malachi, the less I sense God’s anger. I don’t think it’s so much anger. It’s deeper. I think it’s hurt. Malachi teaches that what goes on inside of you and me matters to God. Do you understand that? Do you understand how much you matter to God?
Your worship, trust, choices, prayer, attitude, and gratitude matter to Him. We can give the Maker of the Universe great delight. Let’s do that this week!”
The book of Malachi isn’t always the most popular reading. Yet, as we’ve discovered with the other minor prophet books, there is much to learn about God and ourselves within these pages.
Join Pastor Mike and Will as they unpack what is behind God’s righteous anger, learning in the process just how much our motives and actions matter to God.