Under Gods Command

Malachi 2:1-2 “And now this admonition is for you, O priest.  If you do not listen, and if you do not set your heart to honor my name,” says the LORD Almighty, “I will send a curse upon you and I will curse your blessings.  Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not set your heart to honor me. 

God warned the priests that if they did not honor his name, he would punish them.

Lets Bring it Home: Like these priest, we too are called to honor God’s name-to worship him.  This means acknowledging God for who he is-the almighty Creator of the universe who alone is perfect and who reached down to sinful mankind with perfect love.  According to this definition, are you honoring Gods’ name?

The priests didn’t take seriously (set their hearts to) God’s priority, even though he had reminded them through his word many times.  How do you find out what is most important to God?  Begin by loving him with all your heart, soul, and strength (Deuteronomy 6:5).  This means listening to what God says in his Word and then setting your heart, mind, and will on doing what he says.  When we love God, his Word becomes a shining light that guides our daily activities, The priest in Malachi’s day had stopped loving God, and thus they did not know nor care what he wanted.

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