6 “A son honors his father, And a servant his master. If then I am the Father, Where is My honor? And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence? Says the Lord of hosts To you priests who despise My name. Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’
7 “You offer defiled food on My altar, But say, ‘In what way have we defiled You?’ By saying, ‘The table of the Lord is contemptible.’
8 And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, Is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, Is it not evil? Offer it then to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you favorably?” Says the Lord of hosts.
9 “But now entreat God’s favor, That He may be gracious to us. While this is being done by your hands, Will He accept you favorably?” Says the Lord of hosts.
10 “Who is there even among you who would shut the doors, So that you would not kindle fire on My altar in vain? I have no pleasure in you,” Says the Lord of hosts, “Nor will I accept an offering from your hands.
11 For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; In every place incense shall be offered to My name, And a pure offering; For My name shall be great among the nations,” Says the Lord of hosts.
12 “But you profane it, In that you say, ‘The table of the Lord is defiled; And its fruit, its food, is contemptible.’
13 You also say, ‘Oh, what a weariness!’ And you sneer at it,” Says the Lord of hosts. “And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick; Thus you bring an offering! Should I accept this from your hand?” Says the Lord.
14 “But cursed be the deceiver Who has in his flock a male, And takes a vow, But sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished— For I am a great King,” Says the Lord of hosts, “And My name is to be feared among the nations.
I have had an opportunity to be in the church office at the time the tithes and offerings were being counted and accounted for, it was a great shame to see some mutilated notes among the currency. I believe some of this notes are rejected in the society and people see the offering pouch as the dumpster for these currencies.
To some of us, we are not guilty of the mutilated notes but we bring stolen money as tithes and as offering. Some of us on the other hand knows what we dropping in the offering pouch is just too small compared to the way God has blessed us.
In the book of Malachi chapter 1 verse 6 to 14, God is reminding us that this offerings are not polite and they are unacceptable before Him.
We all know that God does not spend our money (as a matter of fact, when Jesus needed money to pay tax, a fish was enough to be a bank......Matthew 17:24-27). Our offerings and tithes does not make God richer, He is a glorious God. But our hearts and our attitudes when we give, makes God happy.
When we give with a grateful heart, when we give cheerfully, when we give with all our hearts, and when we give what God deserves, God is always moved to bless us. We all remember the story of Cain and Abel. That is how God works
Our kind and Heavenly Father, we know You are merciful and You are full of Kindness towards us. We pray this day that You teach us how to give our hearts cheerfully to You and to always bring a holy and acceptable offering to You.
In Jesus Name we pray.