Malachi Chapter 1
4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impoverished, but we will return and build the desolate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, They shall build, but I will throw down; and they shall call them, The border of wickedness, and, The people against whom the LORD hath indignation for ever.
6 A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? 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?
8 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.
10 Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.
11 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.
13 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.
14 But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth 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.
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Matthew Henry's Malachi Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
Malachi was the last of the prophets, and is supposed to have prophesied B.C. 420. He reproves the priests and the people for the evil practices into which they had fallen, and invites them to repentance and reformation, with promises of the blessings to be bestowed at the coming of the Messiah. And now that prophecy was to cease, he speaks clearly of the Messiah, as nigh at hand, and directs the people of God to keep in rememberance the law of Moses, while they were in expectation of the gospel of Christ.The ingratitude of Israel. (1-5) They are careless in God's institutions. (6-14)1-5 All advantages, either as to outward circumstances, or spiritual privileges, come from the free love of God, who makes one to differ from another. All the evils sinners feel and fear, are the just recompence of their crimes, while all their hopes and comforts are from the unmerited mercy of the Lord. He chose his people that they might be holy. If we love him, it is because he has first loved us; yet we all are prone to undervalue the mercies of God, and to excuse our own offences.
6-14 We may each charge upon ourselves what is here charged upon the priests. Our relation to God, as our Father and Master, strongly obliges us to fear and honour him. But they were so scornful that they derided reproof. Sinners ruin themselves by trying to baffle their convictions. Those who live in careless neglect of holy ordinances, who attend on them without reverence, and go from them under no concern, in effect say, The table of the Lord is contemptible. They despised God's name in what they did. It is evident that these understood not the meaning of the sacrifices, as shadowing forth the unblemished Lamb of God; they grudged the expense, thinking all thrown away which did not turn to their profit. If we worship God ignorantly, and without understanding, we bring the blind for sacrifice; if we do it carelessly, if we are cold, dull, and dead in it, we bring the sick; if we rest in the bodily exercise, and do not make heart-work of it, we bring the lame; and if we suffer vain thoughts and distractions to lodge within us, we bring the torn. And is not this evil? Is it not a great affront to God, and a great wrong and injury to our own souls? In order to the acceptance of our actions with God, it is not enough to do that which, for the matter of it, is good; but we must do it from a right principle, in a right manner, and for a right end. Our constant mercies from God, make worse our slothfulness and niggardliness, in our returns of duty to God. A spiritual worship shall be established. Incense shall be offered to God's name, which signifies prayer and praise. And it shall be a pure offering. When the hour came, in which the true worshippers worshipped the Father in Spirit and in truth, then this incense was offered, even this pure offering. We may rely on God's mercy for pardon as to the past, but not for indulgence to sin in future. If there be a willing mind, it will be accepted, though defective; but if any be a deceiver, devoting his best to Satan and to his lusts, he is under a curse. Men now, though in a different way, profane the name of the Lord, pollute his table, and show contempt for his worship.
Ar's Malachi Chapter 1 comment on 7/25/2014, 2:52pm...
Of course we have to walk with God according to His commandments, but He does not ask for any sacrifice or that kind of offerings any more. Jesus paid with His blood on the cross for that once and for all. We are saved by His grace ,what He wants now is your acknowledgement for that, your repentance and then walk with HIM in order to have that special relationship with God.This is the New Testament. This is His unconditional love .
Francis's Malachi Chapter 1 comment on 7/25/2014, 7:29am...
I understand that it is perfectly good to walk with God according to his commandments, sacrifice or offerings to our God shall be well examine, we don 't have to offer to God a rejected items
Samuel's Malachi Chapter 1 comment on 7/22/2014, 6:56pm...
give him his honour n fear him
Tamika Hall's Malachi Chapter 1 comment on 7/15/2014, 9:06pm...
Whose report will you believe we shall believe the report of the Lord this book reminds us to fear the lord and keep his commandment.
LaToya's Malachi Chapter 1 comment about verse 2 on 3/25/2014, 5:53pm...
God hated the chose that Esau made.
Lionel's Malachi Chapter 1 comment about verse 3 on 1/27/2014, 2:07pm...
You would have to know the character of this individual. Esau hated his birthright and God knew it. Esau only thought of himself. He didn't care about what the Father cared about. Flesh was his problem. What would you sell your birthright for or your soul? Your heritage is eternal life through Christ Jesus.
Tom's Malachi Chapter 1 comment about verse 11 on 12/28/2013, 9:15am...
How can this prophecy be fulfilled? There is only one pure offering, and that is the offering of Jesus to his Father on the cross. But how is this fulfulled from the rising to setting of the sun, and in every place? There is only one way. The Holy Mass offered over 100,000 times per day. Every moment a priest is elevating the host proclaiming, "This is my Body ...". This is happening around the clock, every timezone, and around the world. By this, we participate in the one and only sacrifice of Christ on the cross. This is the one and only way this prophecy is fulfilled.
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