Text: 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 theÂ LordÂ of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?Â Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of theÂ LordÂ is contemptible.Â 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 theÂ LordÂ of hosts.Â And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he regard your persons? saith theÂ LordÂ of hosts.Â 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 theÂ LordÂ of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.Â 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 theÂ LordÂ of hosts.Â But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of theÂ LordÂ is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible.Â Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith theÂ LordÂ 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 theÂ Lord.Â But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacrificeth unto theÂ LordÂ a corrupt thing: for I am a great King, saith theÂ LordÂ of hosts, and my name is dreadful among the heathen. (Malachi 1:6-14)
Tweet: To selfishly retain the best for ourselves and to reluctantly render to God anything less, is so unappeasable and appalling to God as to make our praise of Him unacceptable and our prayers to Him unanswerable.