17 January 2020 -Malachi 1:11 (NIV)

17 January 2020 -Malachi 1:11 (NIV)

Scripture

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.

Reflection

The context of this passage helps to bring the proper perspective to these words from the Lord to Israel.  Despite having knowledge of the Old Testament Law, the priest at the time of Malachi, were offering improper sacrifices to God.  Instead of following the requirements for pure offerings, they are sacrificing animals so defective that it would make a normal person cringe.  In offering such sacrifices to God, it reveals the priesthood’s apathy and disrespect towards God.  God’s response is that He will be praised properly, welcoming the proper worship from all the nations.  From Cain to the Israelites in Malachi’s time, it seems they still have yet to learn this important aspect of worship.  Those in the offices of church ministry take heed this warning!  Offer the Lord the best of what you have, whether it be time, money, resources, make sure it is pure and excellent.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Give God your praise. Give God your praise for the good things you are experiencing and practice gratitude for everything God’s given you at this present moment.

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Josh Xiong - Worship Director
Joshua Xiong is the Worship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of Greenville University. He and his wife, Mai Kao, have three daughters and live in Shanghai, China.