Malachi 1:6-14, “’A son honors his father, And a servant his master.  If then I am the Father, Where is My honor?  And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence?  Says the Lord of hosts To you priests who despise My name.  Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’  ‘You offer defiled food on My altar’, But say, ‘In what way have we defiled You?’  By saying, ‘The table of the Lord is contemptible.’  And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, Is it not evil?  And when you offer the lame and sick, Is it not evil?  Offer it then to your governor!  Would he be pleased with you?  Would he accept you favorably?’  Says the Lord of hosts.  ‘But now entreat God’s favor, That He may be gracious to us.  While this is being done by your hands, Will He accept you favorably?’  Says the Lord of hosts.  ‘Who is there even among you who would shut the doors, So that you would not kindle fire on My altar in vain?  I have no pleasure in you,’ Says the Lord of hosts, ‘Nor will I accept an offering from your hands.  For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; In every place incense shall be offered to My name, And a pure offering; For My name shall be great among the nations,’ Says the Lord of hosts.  ‘But you profane it, In that you say, ‘The table of the Lord is defiled; And its fruit, its food, is contemptible.’’  You also say, ‘Oh, what a weariness!’  And you sneer at it,’ Says the Lord of hosts.  ‘And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick; Thus you bring an offering!  Should I accept this from your hand?’  Says the Lord.  ‘But cursed be the deceiver Who has in his flock a male, And takes a vow,  But sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished—For I am a great King,’ Says the Lord of hosts, ‘And My name is to be feared among the nations.'”

Malachi 1:7, “You offer defiled food on My altar, But say, ‘In what way have we defiled You?’  By saying, ‘The table of the Lord is contemptible.’”

Today, we continue in the 9 part series.  This portion talks about offering food to God that is not worthy of Him.  This is opposite of what God deserves and shows a lesson on what to give God.

Offered defiled food on the altar.  In the times of the Old Testament, food was to be offered to God on an altar, a stone or wood structure.  Today, we do not offer food on an altar but we still offer defiled food.  It comes in the form of being unappreciative of what God blesses us with.  One way to show appreciation is through prayer.

Before every meal that my family has, we pray and bless the food that we eat.  It does not matter if we are in a restaurant, out in the backyard, or at our dinner table.  It is important to pray before a meal.  It is my commitment to God and to my family and I honor it.  This is our way to honor God for all the food that we have been blessed with.

Another way to honor God is take part in communion at the Lord’s Table.  Before communion, we are to make sure that we are ready to take part in it.  We need to make sure that we are right with God.  That means we need our affairs in order.  Forgiveness of sin and forgiveness of others for wrongs committed.  Without doing this beforehand, we are eating unworthily.  We are not giving God what He deserves.  It all goes back to honor and reverence.

So much of the time, we ignore God.  Like an on call plumber or repairman, we call on God only when we are in trouble.  This should not be the case but unfortunately, it is more than it isn’t.  We need God in the good times and in the bad times.  In the good times, God is working just as hard as He is in the bad times.  We need to acknowledge that He is always there for us.  We need Him more than we think.

The reason the good times are good is because God is working them for good.  Bad times arise as lessons to us to enjoy the good times and to teach us to rely on God.  We always need to rely on God and give thanks for what He does.  Unlike the priests in the passage, we can choose not to defile God with what we offer.  We can offer God what is good and proper.  Honoring and revering.  Give God what He deserves.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the food that we have.  All that we have is because of You.  We should be ever so conscious of what we have.  Let us never defile what You give us or ever be unappreciative of all that we have.  You are our Holy Provider.  You take care to make sure that we have all we need.  You are all we need.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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