Under Gods Command

Malachi 1:6-8 “A son honors his father, and a servant his master.  If I am a father, where is the honor due me?  If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the LORD Almighty. “It is you, O priests, who show contempt for my name.  “But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’ “You place defiled food on my altar. “But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’ “By saying that the LORD’s table is contemptible.  When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong?  When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor!  Would he be pleased with you?  Would he accept you?” says the LORD Almighty. 

God’s law required that only perfect animals be offered to God (see for example Leviticus 1:3).  But these priests were allowing the people to offer blind, crippled, and diseased animals to God.  God accused them of dishonoring him by offering imperfect sacrifices, and he was greatly displeased.

Lets Bring it Home: The New Testament says that our lives should be living sacrifices to God (Romans 12:1) If we give God only our leftover time, money, and energy, we repeat the same sin as these worshipers who didn’t want to bring anything valuable to God, What we give God reflects our true attitude toward him.


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