Malachi 1 Love Wholeheardly

            LOVE WHOLEHEAREDLY
        Malachi 1:1-14     August 12 2005

    "Loved Jacob . . . hated Esau" (Mal.1:2-3) The context
    for these words is a challenge from God to Israel to
    Love Him like He had loved them through the years.
    The proof of His love was His selection of Jacob and
    his sons to be His covenant people ."Love" and "hate"
    are comparative terms, likes that of Jacob loving
    Rachel more than Leah (Gen.29:30), or disciples’
    loving Jesus more and "hating" their parents and
    families (Luke 14:26).
    God’s choice of Jacob was such a great act of love
    almost like hate in comparison. In this verse "love"
    means" to choose" and "hate" means "not to choose."
    God’s love in His sovereign choice of Israel made the
    people of Israel His family and gave them access to
    the totality of His Love.
    The use of "hate" and "love" together suggest they
    might form an Oriental an overstatement or
    exaggeration. The words do not refer to an absolute
    love and an absolute hate. Rather , "love" means
    "favored" and "hate" means "less” favored, disregarded,
    neglected." the context is not about the eternal
    destinies of either nation but about Israel’s election
    to be God’s servant-nation and His great love for them..

    1. Do You Trust God’s Love ? (Mal. 1:1-2)
Mal. 1:1   An oracle: The word of the LORD to Israel
through Malachi. 1:2   “I have loved you,” says the
LORD. But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’ Was not
Esau Jacob’s brother?” the LORD says. “Yet I have
loved Jacob,

    Oracle. (Zec 9:1 ; Zec.12:1;  Hab 1:1 ). Loved you.
    The Lord’s reassuring word to his disheartened
    people.
    Christians are the chosen ones of God today.
    They have repented and placed their faith in
    Christ. God loved believers in the past That
    love continues today and can be trusted.

    2. Do You Honor God’s Greatness? (Mal.1:6-11)

Mal. 1:6   “A son honors his father, and a servant 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. “It is you, O priests, who show
contempt for my name. But you ask, ‘How have we
shown contempt for your name?’ 1:7   “You place
defiled food on my altar. But you ask, ‘How have we
defiled you?’ By saying that the LORD’s table is
contemptible. 1:8   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. 1:9   “Now implore God to be gracious to us.
With such offerings from your hands, will he accept
you ?”—says the LORD Almighty. 1:10   “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. 1:11   My name will be
great among the nations, from the rising to the
setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure
offerings will be brought to my name, because my name
will be great among the nations,” says the LORD
Almighty.

    (Mal.1:6-2:9) The Lord rebukes the priests. (Mal.1:6)
    Son honors His father. (Isa 1:2-3). Priests, who
    show contempt for My name rests, . Contrast
    (Mal.2:5;Isa 1:4).
    Food. The offerings (Mal.1:12; Lev 21:8,21). Defiled
    you. By offering defiled sacrifices they defile the
    Lord himself. The Lord’s table. The altar (Mal.1:12;
    Eze 44:16). Since the priests ate from the sacrifices,
    the altar was also the table from which they got
    their food. Contemptible. As the priests considered
    the Lord’s altar and its sacrifices (Mal.1:12)
    contemptible, so the Lord would cause the priests to
    be considered contemptible by the people (Mal.2:9 ).
    Blind. . . Crippled. Animals with defects or serious
    flaws were unacceptable as sacrifices (Dt 15:21).
    Governor. Probably the Persian governor.
    Shut the temple doors. Better no sacrifices than
    sacrifices offered with contempt (Isa 1:11-15).
    Great among the nations. (Mal.1:14). God’s judgment
    on Edom (Mal.1:5) and other nations demonstrates his
    superiority over their gods, and it ultimately will
    evoke their recognition of him (Zep 2:11). Incense and
    pure offerings. The acceptable offerings presented by
    foreigners in (Isa 56:6-7; 60:7). Some interpreters
    understand “incense” to mean “prayer” ( Rev 5:8) and
    “offerings” to mean “praise” (Heb 13:15).
        We need to honor God’s greatness by offering God
    the best of our time , energy, service ,and gifts. The
    quality of our offerings and the intent of our heart
    show how much we honor Him in our worship.

    3. Do You Love God Wholeheartedly (Mal. 1:12-14)

Mal. 1:12   “But you profane it by saying of the Lord’s table,
‘It is defiled,’ and of its food, ‘It is contemptible.’ 1:13  
And you say, ‘What a burden!’ and you sniff at it
contemptuously,” says the LORD Almighty. When you bring
injured, crippled or diseased animals and offer them as
sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?” says the
LORD. 1:14   “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.

    Defiled. . . Contemptible. (Mal1: 7). Sniff at it
    contemptuously. The behavior of Eli’s sons in (1Sa 2:15-17).
    Injured. . . Diseased. (Mal.1: 8) .
    Vows. . . A blemished animal. An animal sacrificed in
    fulfillment of a vow had to be a male without defect or
    blemish (Lev 22:18-23). Great king. (Zec 14:9). My name. . .
    Feared. More than the governor of (Mal.1:8;1:11 ).
        God’s greatness requires a worthy gift and a loving giver.
    Israel’s priests and people had failed both tests. The prophet
    sought to call Israel back to God and to repentance for
    unacceptable attitudes and actions. We need to have a
    wholehearted love for God and show that love through actions
    and worship worthy of His name. Times spent in God’s Word,
    prayer, corporate Bible study and worship and faithful giving
    will develop wholehearted devotion in our hearts to the Lord.
 
        Summary:
            We can trust God’s love for us because He redeemed
    us and brought us into His family of faith.
WE are to honor the Lord’s greatness by offering  Him the best of our time , energy, service , and gifts.
            We show wholehearted love for God when we repent
    of unacceptable attitudes and actions and serve Him willingly.

        Question:

            How might you demonstrate more faithfully your
    wholehearted love for God?