God Is Great

Bible Text: Malachi 1:6-14 | Preacher: Jeff Voegtlin | Series: Malachi “A son honors his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is my 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? Ye offer polluted bread upon my altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. And 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. And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this has been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith the LORD of hosts. Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on my altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand. For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.” “But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible. Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD. But cursed be the deceiver, which has in his flock a male, and vows, and sacrifices unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen.” Introduction
  • Malachi is the last prophet to bring God’s message to God’s people
    • Message is to those that had returned to Israel
    • They were returned, but the glory had not returned
      • No kingdom
      • A “shabby” temple
  • God doesn’t care…”
    • about us
    • about his law, etc.
  • Theme is in vs. 3:6 “I CHANGE NOT”
    • Starts by reiterating his unchanging love 1:1-5 (general truth)
    • Then gets more specific vs. 6-14
  • Selfish, greedy, lazy priesthood (wherein??? vs. 6,7)
    • vs. 7 – table is contemptible
    • vs. 10 – will not open/shut doors, start a fire without being paid
      • had a portion of sacrifices, but they also want money for.
    • vs. 12 – repeat table is polluted
    • vs. 13 – wearied by serving and “snuffed” at it
  • Blind, lame, sick, sacrifices
    • vs. 7 – polluted “bread” on altar
    • vs. 8 – excusing blind & lame & sick offerings – “it is no evil”
    • “It’s just an offering”
    • vs. 13 – torn, lame, sick
    • vs. 15 – has a male, but brings a corrupt thing
    • Twisted, vain word- ch. 2:7-8
  • Compare to Today
    • We the priesthood (every believer) have excused worldliness
    • We profane God’s worship- by word – not me?! but God has not changed -Still Holy!
    • We make His worship acceptable to us
    • We pollute His worship – what does it take to pollute something?
    • We offer lame, and sick worship (lifestyle) life is worship
    • We excuse worldliness because “He’ll Understand”
    • “He put us in this situation”
    • We twist saying since life is worship, then worship should be like life- like everyone’s life
    • This happens because we have only a surface knowledge of Word
    • We only use Word as long as it fits what we want
  • God’s Evaluation
    • vs. 6 – Father/Master receives honor/fear
    • vs. 6 – Actions show you despise my Name – represents whole
    • not blasphemy, just disdain
    • vs. 8 – A fleshly lord (governor) would not accept these gifts?
    • vs. 9 – I will not hear your prayers
    • vs. 10 – I have no pleasure in you
    • This is what all creation was created for
    • I will not accept your offerings
  • (Where will he receive glory from if not from us)
    • vs. 11 – someday all earth will worship him
    • begins with gospel to all, end with his kingdom
    • vs. 14 – you’re cursed
    • you’re deceived
    • you’re corrupt
    • Because I AM
    • a god that’s not worth sacrificing for is no god at all
    • God is a great King. He is worthy of any sacrifice – even if I don’t understand it.
Today, for Us
  • Is he your Father/Mother?  Don’t live seeing what you can get away with
  • You’re a Christian! What does that Name mean?
  • Who do you respect? God deserves more honor and fear than them!
  • Selfish Christians are deceived, corrupt, cursed