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Malachi 1:6-10

IMBC Hobart; 01-07-07 am


- We as 21th century Christians need to be very careful that our worship to God is always acceptable and that their is nothing in our lives that will hinder    our relationship to God.

- But often we are our own worst enemies, because we at times can be so independent that we would just as soon do it our own way than God’s

- Read article "Trying To Do the Job Alone"

- Any person that offers God anything less than His best is hindering his potential in the hands of a mighty God.

- In the first five (5) verses of the book of Malachi

Israel is challenged to openly respond to God's love

- Earlier, God had challenged Israel to love the Lord wholeheartedly; listen to two verses in the book of Deuteronomy:

  1. Deut. 6:2, “So that you and your son and your grandson

         might fear the Lord your God, to keep all His statues and His

         commandments which I command you, all the days of your

         life, and that your days may be prolonged.”

  2. Deut. 6:5 "You shall love the Lord your God with all

         your heart and with all your soul and with all your might."

- The seriousness of Israel's sin and the fact that they had strayed from God is very evident in these passages before us this morning in the book of Malachi.

- There is probably no one in this auditorium this

morning who wants to intentionally displease God with their lives

- But there may be things in your life that are

displeasing to God that you need to take care of this morning on this first Sunday of a brand new year!

- And there is no better time than the present to take care of those things that offend a holy God!



A.    Disrespect for God – vs. 6

1.      Malachi was speaking very bluntly and using a common illustration to get his point across to the Jewish disobedient believers.

      a. These were common everyday

          relationships (father/son, servant/master) that  

               all Israel expected to be honored, as we do


      b.  God felt He should receive honor as their

           God just like they normally would for others

           they respected.

       c.  It was clear to God, but not so clear to

           the Israelites that God was like a father

           to Israel, and it was an analogy that was

           used by God many times in Scripture.

           1). Exodus 4:22 "And thou shalt say to Pharaoh,  

                        Thus saith the Lord, Israel is my son, even my first-


           2). Isaiah 63:16 "Doubtless thou art our father,

                       though Abraham be ignorant of us, O Lord, art our

                       father, our redeemer; thy name is from ever lasting."

           3). Isaiah 64:8 "But now, O Lord, thou art our

                       father; we are the clay, and thou our potter, and we

                       all are the work of thy hand."

           4). Hosea 11:1 "When Israel was a child then I

                       loved him, and called my son out of Egypt."

      d.  In fact the fifth commandment (of the 10 com-

                mandments) states that the children are to

           honor their parents (Ex. 20:12; Deut

            5:16) and listen to this kids, if the children

           did not obey their parents and they were

           found guilty of rebelling against parental

           discipline, the parents were encouraged in

           the Law to take the rebellious child and the

           elders of the city would stone them to

            death (Deut.         21:18-21) for their


     2. Therefore should the nation which considered

         itself a "son" of the Lord be any less obedient

         to God?

        a. The next phrase in the verse presents that

           very question; "if then, I be a father where is mine


           1). The Hebrew word for "honor" also in

                Other verses is translated "glory";

                "Where is my GLORY?".

               aa. The glory of God is spoken of fre-

                    quently throughout the Scriptures,

                    and God is even called the "king of

                             Glory" in Psalms 24:7-10,

               bb. And the fact that glory and honor are

                    due Him is beyond dispute!

           2). And even some of the Israeli people  

                considered God their master; and

                certainly scripture presents Israel as the

                Lord's servant Isa. 44:1-2; thus the

                Lord's second question is ominous; "And

                       if I be a master, where is my fear (respect)?"

               aa. Their is no contradiction between the

                    admonition to love God (implied in the

                             first few verses of this book) and now

                    the exhortation to fear Him.

               bb. The fear of God does not mean being

                     terrified of Him; it means a proper

                     respect and reverence for Him, a

                     reverence that leads to worship and

                     a life of obedience.

     3.  Then, the Lord gets a little more pointed with

          His accusation and blames those who are

          undoubtedly responsible for the religious

          atmosphere at this time in Israel's history.

        a. "O priests, who despise my name." makes it so

            clear that God was holding them

            responsible for the condition of the hearts 

            of his worshipers, "O priests, who despise my


        b. The Hebrew word translated priests’ means

            just that—“a priest or representative of the people to

                 God;” and the particular construction of the

            grammar in this sentence gives the

            indication that they were in the habit of

            continually despising the Lord's name.

        c. This undoubtedly is one of the saddest

            charges possible, because after the return

            of Israel from exile, the priests were

            responsible to teach the people God's

            covenant and turn their hearts to God and

            how could they do that if they were the

            ones' who are away from God?

        d. If the priests failed to honor God, what

            could be expected of the rest of the


           1). That is quite frankly why their is so

                Much confusion in our world today

           2). The spiritual leaders are saying and

                Doing anything that they want; no

                Wonder people are confused and leery

                of preachers--(The challenge is that they

                       PREACH and TEACH and LIVE the truth; just as

                       they expect of the congregation to which they are

                       preaching to!!!)

        e.  And vs.6 closes with a question that the

            priests where thinking, “In what way have we

                 despised your name?” God knew their hearts

            and new what they were thinking.

  B. The Motivation behind the Disrespect for God.

     1. They offered defiled food - vs. 7

        a. Instead of honoring God, they were guilty

            of offering "polluted bread" and this reminder

            by God should have been enough to cause

            the priests to repent of their sin.

        b. The structure of the grammar again gives

            the idea that this was not a one time action

            but a habitual and continual pattern.

        c. They had been given specific instructions

            on what constituted a defective  

            sacrifice in the book of Leviticus 22:17-

             30 (read the verses)

        d. It was the official function of the priests

            to "offer" the sacrifices taken from and on

            behalf of the people and to put them on

            the altar before God.

        e. The people and the priests new better and

            had been warned in scripture not to do so

            but they were allowing and encouraging

            the people to profane and defile God's

            name by taking the defiled offerings to

            God; they were guilty of offering God less

            than their best; are you guilty of the


        f. The problem with the food was that it was

           "polluted" or defiled.

           1). The Hebrew word for "polluted" does not

                mean unworthy, but is used in the sense

                of "contaminated," "unfit," "to be

               rejected as unqualified."

           2). You are guilty of the same if your are

                here this morning and unsaved and

                trying to approach God by your own

                prescribed methods rather than coming

                to God in His prescribed way so plainly

                spelled out in the Word of God.

           3). Or your worship in unacceptable and

                polluted if you are a Christian and you

                refuse to repent of known sin in your


        g. The main aspect of God's message through

            the prophet Malachi was that because of

            their disobedience, they and their worship

            was not acceptable to God and thus their

            attempts to appease God with sacrifices

            meeting only their own qualifications rather

            than God's, and their worship was

            inappropriate and unacceptable before a

            holy and righteous God.

     2. The offering of defiled sacrifices - vs. 8

        a. They were guilty of offering to the Lord, in

            spite of the direction that was given in

            scripture, animals that were blind, lame

            and sick.

        b. And again according to Deut. 22:18-25 &

            Deut. 15:21, this was wrong and sin.

        c. Would you offer anything less than your

            best to a governmental official coming to

            visit your home?

           1). To further illustrate the seriousness of

                the offense, an illustration is used that

                they would have no trouble under-


           2). Would you "Offer it now unto thy governor; will

                        he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person?"

               aa. The governor's table was

                     usually lavishly prepared and was an

                     exquisite banquet as we recall from

                     the book of Nehemiah in Neh. 5:17.

               bb. And many times it was customary to

                     include in the banquet special gifts

                     that were offered by the people to

                     the governmental official.

     3. A Lack of Purity - vs. 9

        a. To further emphasize his point God through

           Malachi said that the whole temple service

           might as well be shut down because of their

           lack of purity.

        b. They were not acceptable and thus their of-

            fering was not acceptable and defiled.


      WORSHIPMalachi 6:10

  A.  Their Worship was Rejected by God

     1. Because they had sought to give God less

         Than their best, God said that He would

         reject there attempts to worship Him because

         of their unacceptable offerings.

      2. Not to mention their defiled lives.

  B.  It Would Be Just as Wrong for A Christian to

       Offer God anything Less than His Best.

     1. Now I realize that you and I live in the

         dispensation of Grace and that we no longer

         offer sacrifices like the O.T. believers.

     2. Nonetheless, we must be careful to give God

         Our first fruits and not that which is left over.

        a. How about your Time – Ephesians 5:16

            "Redeeming the time, because the days are evil."

        b.  Your Talents - 1 Peter 4:10 "As every man

                  hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to

                  another, as good stewards of the manifold grace

                  of God."

        c. Your Treasure, because all that you have

            belongs to God 1 Cor. 4:7 "...and what hast

                 thou that thou didst not receive?"

        d. Your Testimony - John 3:16 - being a

            witness for Jesus Christ!


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