Malachi 1

Introduction: The Burden Of Malachi 1

1:1 What follows is the burden. 2 The word of the Lord to Israel by the hand of Malachi: 3

First Burden: Respond To God's Love 4

The claim Of God's love For Israel 5

1:2 I have shown love to you, says the Lord,

Israel's question of the claim 6

but you say, How have you shown love to us?

The vindication of God's claim

the election of israel over edom 7

Esau was Jacob's brother, the Lord explains, and I loved Jacob, 1:3 but Esau I hated. 8

the judgment of edom 9

I set his mountains as a desolation and gave his territory 10 to the wild jackals. 1:4 Edom 11 says, Though we are devastated, we will once again build the ruined places. So the Lord who rules over all 12 responds, They indeed may build, but I will overthrow.

And they will call them 13 the land of evil, the people with whom the Lord is permanently displeased. 1:5 Your eyes will see it, and then you will say, May the Lord be magnified 14 even beyond the border of Israel!

Second Burden: Honor God 15

The charge Of disrespect 16

1:6 A son naturally honors his father and a slave respects his master. If I am your father, where is my honor? If I am your master, where is my respect? The Lord who rules over all asks you this, you priests who make light of my name!

Israel's question of the charge 17

But you reply, How have we made light of your name?

The proof of God's charge: Contemptible sacrifices 18

1:7 You are offering improper sacrifices on my altar, yet you ask, How have we offended you? By treating the table 19 of the Lord as if it is of no importance!

1:8 For when you offer blind animals as a sacrifice, is that not wrong? And when you offer the lame and sick, 20 is that not wrong as well? Indeed, try offering it to your governor! Will he be pleased with you 21 or receive you? asks the Lord who rules over all. 1:9 But now seek the face of God that he might be gracious to us. 22 With this kind of offering in your hands, how can he be pleased with you? asks the Lord who rules over all. 1:10 I wish that one of you would close the temple doors, 23 so that you no longer would light useless fires on my altar. I am not pleased with you, says the Lord who rules over all, and I will no longer accept an offering from you.

1:11 For from the east to the west my name will be great among the nations. Incense and pure offerings will be offered in my name everywhere, for my name will be great among the nations, 24 says the Lord who rules over all.

1:12 But you are profaning it by saying that the table of the Lord is common and its fruit 25 despicable. 1:13 You also say, How tiresome it is. You turn up your nose at it, says the Lord who rules over all, and instead bring what is stolen, lame, or sick. You bring these things for an offering! Should I accept this from your hand? 26 asks the Lord.

1:14 There will be harsh condemnation for the hypocrite who has a valuable male animal in his flock but vows and sacrifices something inferior to the Lord. For I am a great king, 27 says the Lord who rules over all, and my name is awesome among the nations.

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