“‘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?'” Malachi 1:6.
After this last book of the Old Testament, there would be over four hundred years of silence from God until John would become the “voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for [Jesus].'”
So there is a lot of good and important stuff packed into these four chapters, split into two main sections. Continue reading
Here’s the link so you can read the chapter first…that way the points will make more sense.
- It’s bad news when news from God is considered a burden because of its audience.
- It’s not God’s job to forgive – it’s his gift.
- Don’t confuse receiving God’s favor and then giving gifts with giving gifts and doing God a favor.
- Dead worship reveals dead hearts.
- Our expectations with worshipping God doesn’t change God’s expectations of being worshipped.
- Think worship is too worthless, too boring, too much of a burden, too expensive and too personal – God says too bad!
- People who take worship for granted take their relationship with God for granted.
- If we remember why we come together then we’ll do what we came together for.
- Worship isn’t meant to be a circus – but it’s not meant to be a funeral either!
Take these points and study Malachi 1 and you’ll find “old lessons” for keeping a “New Year” of worship on track.
The following is a “bare bones” outline for an exposition of Malachi 1:6-9 for you. I love expository preaching from any passage of the Bible, but the prophets are really fruitful, in my opinion. Even though it’s bare bones, it’ll preach.
A Son Honoreth His Father
A son honoreth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honor? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name? 7Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. 8And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts. 9And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts.
1. Where is MY honor? (Verse 6a)
2. Where is MY fear? (Verse 6b)
3. Where are MY sacrifices? (Verses 7-8)
4. Then, why should I regard YOU? (Verse 9)
My favorite prophet is Malachi. Israel thought they could cheat God, but through Malachi God let them know what he thought of them. I find a lot of human reasoning argued to God in the 4 chapters. Seems things don’t really change. Man still puts his reasoning up as excuses to do other than what God wants or deserves.