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 1:14, “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.'”

Last day of the study.  The last verse of the passage.  We wrap up this study and wrap up the warnings issued by God to those who work in evil.  Let get started and ended now.

Cursed is the deceiver.  A deceiver always has an ulterior motive.  They want something.  In this case, the priests were deceiving their congregation by having them serve both God and false gods.  This is not allowed in God’s eyes.  God wants someone to serve Him fully or not at all.  He will not share His time with other false gods.

A male in the flock.  The lamb that was to be sacrificed must be male.  This was a forerunner to Jesus, also a male.  Jesus was the perfect sacrifice that only had to be offered once.  The lambs that were offered in the Old Testament had to be offered every year and some burnt offerings had to be offered far more often.  Jesus eliminated the need for a sacrifice as His was perfect.  He gave His life for the sins of the world.  He gave it for eternal life to those who wish to choose it.  A gift to those who come to Him.

A vow.  Covenant.  Promise.  All words for something that is sworn to be upheld.  A marriage, for example, is a covenant between two people and God to love each other, care for each other, and stay with each other until death parts them.  These priests were vowing this and that without any real meaning behind it.  They did not care if they broke it.  Forgotten shortly after making it.

Blemished sacrifices.  Not acceptable for a human king and most certainly not acceptable for a Heavenly King.  God expects what is perfect.  We cannot offer God what is perfect but Jesus can.  Jesus is perfect and can stand between God and us to make a way for us to be with God.  Jesus is all we need.

I AM is a great King.  I AM is the essence of God.  It is God.  I AM covers the past, present, and future.  God is a great King, far more so than David or Solomon.  It is because God is such a great king that He expects so much from us.  God is great because of the love that He has for us, too.  God’s love far exceeds anyone’s love here on Earth.

Feared among the nations.  God had a reputation among other nations.  God was known for being the God of the Israelites.  So when the Israelites were following God, they were untouchable.  When they were not, their armies were defeated and they were most likely enslaved.  Other nations knew to fear God but did not serve Him.  They feared the power that God had to wipe them off the face of the Earth.  The Philistines, for example, knew firsthand how powerful God was.  When little David killed Goliath, it was God that won that battle.  The Philistines knew how powerful God was that day.

As we close this study. let us reflect on what God deserves.  God deserves honor, reverence, but most importantly, ourselves.  Our sacrifices to God must be pure and without blemish.  This said, they can’t but with Jesus, they can.  God deserves everything we can give and more.  God deserves our all and in return, we may receive eternal life to be spent with God forever.

Heavenly Father,

You deserve so much from us.  We are Your creation and we bow to You to give You honor.  Let us bring to You the best of our time and the first of our monies.  It all belongs to You but let us honor You by giving back a portion of what we have first.  Let us love You like You love us.  Let us see the world through Your eyes.  Let us help those that we can in Your name.  Let us live lives worthy of Your namesake.  You are our God.  Let us never forget that and serve others.  There is no God like You, Lord.  There is none like You.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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