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Offering Polluted Sacrifices

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Polluted Offerings

God is speaking, in this section, to the PRIESTS who were serving in Israel.[i] Though – in previous days[ii] - the priests had been faithful, they now [after 100 years] had become corrupt[iii]. Their basic sin was that they had FAILED TO GLORIFY YAHWEH.
Malachi 1:6 NKJV
“A son honors his father, And a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honor? And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence? Says the Lord of hosts To you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’
Mal 1:6
What was the basic sin of these priest of Israel?
[i] Cf ; , .
[ii] CF ; .
[iii] .
Another sin was that they no longer FEARED YAHWEH.[i] Further they DESPISED HIS NAME.[ii] They were going through the rituals – but offering blind and lame and sick animals as sacrifices[iii]. And YAHWEH was not pleased with this.[iv]
According to , what characteristic should be true of us if we want to live victoriously for Jesus Christ?
[i] Cf. , ; . ירא yare = fear is mentioned 9 times in Malachi. 8 of them concern the fear of YAHWEH.
[ii] Cf. , , ; , . In these two sections שְׁמִי = My name is mentioned 7 times.
[iii] See where θυσία = sacrifice is used. Θυσία is used 8 times in the LXX version of Malachi.
[iv] , , where רצה ratsah = please is used. See also where εὐπρόσδεκτος = favorable , acceptable is used.
But, surprisingly, Malachi prophesies that the GENTILES will reverence and magnify the NAME of YAHWEH in the future. Note , .
Malachi 1:11 NKJV
For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; In every place incense shall be offered to My name, And a pure offering; For My name shall be great among the nations,” Says the Lord of hosts.
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Malachi 1:14 NKJV
“But cursed be the deceiver Who has in his flock a male, And takes a vow, But sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished— For I am a great King,” Says the Lord of hosts, “And My name is to be feared among the nations.

Is There an Application for Us?

This seems to be speaking of the Assembly of Jesus Christ.[i] Furthermore, the New Testament Assembly is often called a PRIESTHOOD of believers.[ii] Note 1 Pet 2:9.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; (, NKJV)
[i] The phrase בַּגּוֹיִ֔ם = among the Gentiles is found 3 times in the verses above. But this phrase is also found in – which is quoted in by the Apostle Paul as referring to the New Testament Assembly. However, these verses probably also apply to Gentiles living during the Millennium [Cf. , ; ]
[ii] , ; ; .
We, as believer-priests, are to live in the fear of God in anticipation of the return of the Jesus Christ and also the Judgment-Seat of Christ. See .
1 Peter 1:17 NKJV
And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear;
If Israel had had this mentality they would not have fallen into judgment[1] at this time.
[1] Cf .
What is the application for us today?
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