14 “You have said, ‘It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements and going about like mourners before Lord Almighty? 15 But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.’” Malachi 3 Where are we in God’s scheme of expectations? What we offer to someone indicates how much we think or respect a person. What is our attitude to God? Do we toe His line or do we establish our own shoddy standards reflecting our attitudes of selfishness and disrespect, bringing defiled gifts to God signifying that we despise Him? Have we indulged in what the priests did in Malachi’s time ?
Our constant mercies from God, make worse our sloth and niggardliness, in our duty to God.
1. A spiritual worship shall be established.
2. Incense shall be offered to God’s name, which signifies prayer and praise. And it shall be a pure offering. When the hour came, in which the true worshippers worshipped the Father in Spirit and in truth, then this incense was offered, even this pure offering.
We may rely on God’s mercy for pardon as to the past, but not for indulgence to sin in future. If there be a willing mind, it will be accepted, though defective; but if any be a deceiver, devoting his best to Satan and to his lusts, he is under a curse. Men now, though in a different way, profane the name of the Lord, pollute his table, and show contempt for his worship.
The Lord expects perfect animal sacrifices – the priest offered maimed animals. They did not understood the meaning of the sacrifices, as shadowing forth the unblemished Lamb of God; what kind of offerings do we bring grudging the expense of perfect sacrifices?
Do we bring
a. blind sacrfices i.e. worshipping ignorantly, and without understanding,
b. sick sacrifices i.e. worshipping carelessly, if we are cold, dull, and dead in it.
c. lame sacrifices ie we rest on the routine of sacrifice, and do not make heart-work of it
d. torn sacrifices i.e. worshipping with vain thoughts and distractions to lodge within us.
Are we going through the evident motions of worship without joy? not worship from the heart, not with honor to the King but offering left overs? We sin and do not honour God’s name when we give him the crumbs rather than the cream.
Forgive, dear Lord when I have sinned against you and have not given my best out of a pure heart. Please help me keep a right spirit within me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.