Careful And Costly Worship

Intro

6 “A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am a father, where is my honor? And if I am a master, where is my fear? says the LORD of hosts to you, O priests, who despise my name. But you say, ‘How have we despised your name?’ 7 By offering polluted food upon my altar. But you say, ‘How have we polluted you?’ By saying that the LORD’s table may be despised. 8 When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the LORD of hosts. 9 And now entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the LORD of hosts. (Mal 1:6–9)


Illustration


Mind

  • According to the text, how were the Priests corrupting worship?

  • Seeing how they worshiped, what does this passage teach us about the Priest’s thoughts of God?


Motive

  • What does their worship expose about their hearts?

  • What about us? Do we give God our best? Do we give him the scraps and left-overs of our energy and affection? Do you find Him boring? Why? What must you do about it?


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