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 1:12, “But you profane it, In that you say, ‘The table of the Lord is defiled; And its fruit, its food, is contemptible.’”

The 7th part of the series.  This part explains the laziness of the priests of doing what God wanted them to do.  This part is the lashing out of the priests against God when the blame rests solely on them.

Because of the evil that the priests did, they profane the very holy acts of God.  The Lord’s table with the holy emblems was profaned by their evil ways.  The people were following other gods and then coming to God as well.  God would not have anything to do with sacrifices that were made to other gods or to them sharing time with God.

The table of the Lord is defiled and the food is defiled as well.  Because of the actions of the priests and leaders, the people were not following God completely.  This is why time and time again, God had to reprimand His people.  They would follow Him, then they would stray, be put into slavery and then God would spare them.  At this time, the people of God were severely influenced by Persian rule.  That meant serving the Persian gods.

Again, it is mentioned that the food is unworthy of God.  Bringing anything less than best to God is inexcusable.  The priests knew this and still did it.  Others followed behind in the same ways.  This is not what God wanted and yet the people did it anyways.

Just like before, bringing unworthy gifts to God is unacceptable.  God does not want our filth.  God does not want our garbage.  God wants our best.  That requires work.  No one ever said that following God would be easy.  It takes dedication to stay on the straight path to God.  At the end of the day, though, it is God that makes our way straight if we let Him.  Let Him guide you today!

Heavenly Father,

Our lives are but mere rags that can be offered to You.  You take our rags and You make us perfect and clean.  We owe everything to You.  Take the best that we can offer.  In its place, give us the best that You have to offer.  We love You and need You very much.  Continue to be there for us every day.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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