Lent 2009 (8) – The best

If I am a father, where is the honour due to me? If I am a master, where
is the respect due to me? says the LORD Almighty. It is you, O priests, who
show contempt for my name. But you ask, “How have we shown contempt
for your name?”

When you bring blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you
sacrifice crippled 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.

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.

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
Malachi 1:6-8,10,14

God challenges both priests and people about their attitude: they were bringing second-rate animals for sacrifice which was totally unacceptable. Rather than the very best.

God deserves the best in worship. Our personal worship at the best time and with maximum energy. Our collective worship planned with maximum thought, maximum preparation, maximum practice, and maximum engagement, so that it is the very best that we can offer. Only the best will “do” for God!

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