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 1:11, “‘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.”

This next part of the study is about the greatness of God.  Regardless of honor and reverence given, God is still the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  His being is not affected by us; God is God all the time.

Rising sun to sunset.  The sun rises and sets every day.  When the sun rises, many people in the world start their day.  They become aware of the world around again after a night’s rest.  When the sun sets, people tend to settle down for the night.  In a time before electricity, when it was dark, you went to bed.  When it was light, you woke up.  That was a complete day.  This verse signifies that all day, every day, God is great.

Great is the name of God.  God’s name was already great among the people of Israel.  God’s name is also great among the Gentiles, the non-Jewish people of the world.  This completes the world and shows the world how great God is.  God does not need others to tell him how great He is.  He is powerful, mighty, and holy.  This is more of an announcement of the power and might of God.

Sweet smells to God.  Incense was burned and is burned as a sweet smelling aroma.  It is was also burned as an honor to God.  It could have been burned to others but in this instance, God wanted everyone to only burn incense to Him.  Only God was deserving of the honor.  Only God was to be praised.

Pure offerings.  God only accepted pure offerings that were not tainted by idols or impure things.  God wants our very best.  He knows we sin.  He knows we fail.  He knows we are not perfect.  He understands.  That is not an excuse to do wrong.  That is not what God wants.

Great through all the nations.  God is great throughout the whole world.  Whether people serve Him or not, He is there.  Whether people believe in Him or not, He is there.  He is always there and is always great.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You Father for Your many blessings that You give us daily.  You are great indeed.  You love us so much that You died for us.  Your greatness far exceeds us and we are not worthy of Your love and affection.  Thank You for all that You do for us.  We give You all the honor and all the praise and all our love.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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