Malachi 1

Malachi 1 has the prophet bringing the word of the Lord to His people.  And it is a pretty direct and strong word.  It seems the people have forgotten just what it means to love God.  “I have loved you,” says the Lord. But you say, “How have you loved us?”  We all forget all too quickly the history of the past.  We think we are worthy, but none of us are.  The people have run amuck for a very long time, and still are.  Malachi brings God’s truth to them, that their attempts to rebuild on their own will be torn down.

He then brings this truth: “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear?”  The truth is that there was no respect for God – either from the point of servant or son.  They have taken things into their own hands and were ignoring the God of the universe which is a bad plan.  God calls them on the carpet for the way they were living.  Bringing sick or lame or blind offerings to present to God.  Not the first fruits.  Not the best they had.  And God is not pleased.

He demands honor and glory.  He demands that we treat Him as God.  “With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you….I have no pleasure in you….I will not accept an offering from your hand”.  We can’t treat God that way.  He is Lord.  He won’t even receive a gift we bring to Him that is not right.  He is unwilling to accept it.  “You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering”.  God will not be mocked.  When we try to sow that way, we will be rebuked.

The truth of the matter is that God is King.  “For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations…. my name will be feared among the nations”.   God is the Almighty.  He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and His name will be glorified. If not by us, then the rocks themselves will cry out His glory.  The people here are very far off kilter.  And God won’t stand for it.  Correction is coming.  He will punish us when we fail to put Him in His rightful place.  Oh that we keep God where He belongs!

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