Mal. 1:8 π Mal. 2:2 π Mal. 2:7 π Mal. 2:11-12 π Mal. 2:17 π Rom. 12:1
“And if you offer the blind (animals) for sacrifices, is it not evil? And if you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it now unto your governor (for taxes). Will he be pleased with you or accept you favorably?' says the Lord of hosts.” ( Mal. 1:8; top )
Malachi was sent by God to expose the phoniness of the priests and their polluted sacrifices; Malachi, like Jesus, was quite blunt in exposing those that pretended to be Godly.
Malachi accused these priestly leaders of despising the name of God. These leaders couldn’t believe it; it is reminiscent of our present day, when most of us have been guilty of not admitting or seeing our sins, nor desiring to repent of them so we fit the description of the Laodicean church. (Rev. 3)
We are meant to be living sacrifices for Jesus, ( Rom. 12:1; top ), however our lives at the best are partial sacrifices, and are just as deplorable to God as the polluted sacrifices of the leaders of Malachi’s day. We sometimes think because we have been associated with some headline ministry or heavy group that this qualifies us as being exempt from daily examining of ourselves in the light of God’s holiness.
Judgment has started with the house of the Lord, and it will continue to gain momentum; are we so proud of spirit that we can say this doesn’t apply to us?
Malachi further fortifies the necessity for us to repent: “‘If you will not hear and if you will not take it to heart, to give glory to My name,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘I will even send a curse upon you and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have cursed them already because you do not take it to heart.’” ( Mal. 2:2; top )
Another verse in this chapter of Malachi tells us when we become priests of Almighty God we are able to be vessels of the pure knowledge of God, as true messengers of the Lord of Hosts, which includes the discernment of sin in ourselves. ( Mal. 2:7; top )
The last verse in this chapter reveals a further fault: we have wearied the Lord by saying that the evil thing being committed today really isn’t bad because God is a God of love. ( Mal. 2:17; top )
This attitude is common even in so-called New Testament churches of today. However, God demands holiness and righteousness in His people, and righteousness is always directly related to God’s power and authority.
“...For Judah has profaned the holiness of the Lord which He (God) loves; He (Judah) has married the daughter of a foreign god. The Lord will cut off the man that does this...” ( Mal. 2:11-12; top )
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