“‘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.
The first has to do with respect for God. And here, we discover that when we do not offer our best to He who created and sustains us (and in a New Testament sense—died for our sins so that we might live), we show contempt for His name.
Then, when we, with a that-should-be-good-enough-for-God attitude, worship Him, expecting Him to just accept whatever scraps of our lives and flitting devotion we throw Him, we so further insult His great name that He’d rather we not even light useless fires and shut the temple doors instead.
Do you honor God?
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