TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) Practical Application: When sacrificing and giving to God- Give God your best.
I want to try writing commentaries again. Also, if anyone has any recommendations of some commentaries that are easy to read and insightful – please let me know in the comments.
Read the original NIV Version of Malachi
1 A prophecy: The word of the Lord to Israel through Malachi.
Apparently the name Malachi means “My Messenger.”
2 “I have loved you,” says the Lord.
“But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’
“Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob, 3 but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his hill country into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.”
God is trying to distinguished the chosen ones- in this case the Jews or Jacob’s people and the gentiles or Esau’s people.
4 Edom may say, “Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild the ruins.”
But this is what the Lord Almighty says: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the Lord. 5 You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the Lord—even beyond the borders of Israel!’
Just googled Esau and Edom. Esau’s name is tied to Edom. Now that makes sense.
6 “A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty.
That’s how its supposed to work. I want to honor my parents and the people I serve.
“It is you priests who show contempt for my name.
“But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’
7 “By offering defiled food on my altar.
“But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’
“By saying that the Lord’s table is contemptible. 8 When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.
Offer God the best of your stuff.
9 “Now plead with God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?”—says the Lord Almighty.
10 “Oh, that one of you would shut the temple doors, so that you would not light useless fires on my altar! I am not pleased with you,” says the Lord Almighty, “and I will accept no offering from your hands. 11 My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the Lord Almighty.
God’s name is great. We’ve got to bring it back. Pop musicians, professional athletes, and pastors are the only ones making God’s name great.
12 “But you profane it by saying, ‘The Lord’s table is defiled,’ and, ‘Its food is contemptible.’ 13 And you say, ‘What a burden!’ and you sniff at it contemptuously,” says the Lord Almighty.
“When you bring injured, lame or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?” says the Lord. 14 “Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord. For I am a great king,” says the Lord Almighty, “and my name is to be feared among the nations.
I love how God is simple and clear. If you bring junk to God he will curse you. If you bring your best he will bless you.
I need to repent and give my best at work and with my family. When I get paid I need to give my best to God right away.
Do you have some insight to add or did I make a mistake? Please share your insights in the comments below.