“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. 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.
“But you profane it by saying, ‘The Lord’s table is defiled,’ and, ‘Its food is contemptible.’ And you say, ‘What a burden!’ and you sniff at it contemptuously,” says the Lord Almighty.
“When you bring injured, lame or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?” says the Lord. “Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord Almighty, “and my name is to be feared among the nations. (Malachi 1:10-14)
It is hard to believe that something as beautiful as worshipping God can be distorted, but it can be. Even as we view this Discipline through the lens of love, it is probably beneficial to consider what can happen when our motivation isn’t “right”. The passage above from the book of Malachi demonstrates that God does care about authentic worship. Are there lessons we can learn from this passage about our attitude towards worship? Please prayerfully read the passage and answer the questions for today?
Today’s Questions for comments:
- How would you summarize what made God angry with the people he chastises in Malachi 1?
- What lessons do we derive about our attitude towards worship?
Make this entire week a special week of worship (recognizing God’s worth).