Is Worship Wearying?

11 For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts. 12 But you profane it when you say that the Lord’s table is polluted, and its fruit, that is, its food may be despised. 13 But you say, ‘What a weariness this is,’ and you snort at it, says the LORD of hosts. You bring what has been taken by violence or is lame or sick, and this you bring as your offering! Shall I accept that from your hand? says the LORD. 14 Cursed be the cheat who has a male in his flock, and vows it, and yet sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished. For I am a great King, says the LORD of hosts, and my name will be feared among the nations. (Mal 1:11–14)


Illustration



Mind

  • According to the text, why was the worship of the Priests polluted?

  • Did the Priests like worshiping God?


Motive

  • What what was the condition of the hearts of the Priests? Look at the language that God uses in describing their hearts.

  • According to God, how should He be worshiped? What state should our heart (and the nations) be in ?


Memory Verse

11 For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the LORD of hosts (Mal 1:11).


Worship


Prayer

Pray that you would see God as He rightly is! Pray that His name would be great in your heart, mind, home, city, church, school, job, etc.


Further Study