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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

September 20 - Morning

"It is you priests who show contempt for my name.
But you ask, 
‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’
By offering defiled food on my altar...
When you offer blind animals for sacrifice,
is that not wrong?
When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, 
is that not wrong?
Try offering them to your governor!
Would he be pleasedwith you?
Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.

- Malachi 1:6-8

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Contempt for the Lord by Incompetent Servants    

Malachi does not date his prophecy like Haggai and Zechariah, but Malachi does provide some
clues in his text. He refers to a functioning Temple in Jerusalem with an active priesthood and he refers to a governor of Judah instead of a king. With that insight it is safe to date this book during
the Persian period (after 538 BC) since the Persian Emperor had appointed a governor over
Judah for the Jews who had returned from Babylon. And, the functioning Temple leads us to
assume this prophecy was given a after 516 BC the year the rebuilt Temple was completed.
It is most likely a few years after 516 because Malachi is rebuking the people and the priests for allowing their worship to drift towards insincere offerings and meaningless rituals. This book is a warning against behavior that was similar to the behavior that had led Judah into the captivity from which they had returned. It is possible that Persians battle with the Greeks at Marathon in
490 BC was the occasion for calling the Jews back to a serious relationship with their God.

Malachi accuses the priests of showing “contempt” for the name of the Lord. To these accusations
the priests reply, “How have we shown contempt?” It was beyond their self-righteous, socially
pious opinion to even consider that they had a problem. Malachi addresses one of their common practices that despised the Lord and showed contempt for his name.

This general disregard for sincere worship by the priest was a serious problem since the priest
were the leaders and set the spiritual mood for the nation. Isaiah, Jeremiah, Zephaniah,
and others often blamed the priests and the professional prophets for the national decline
that led to the Babylonian captivity.

Malachi makes a good point at the end by asking them if the Governor would allow himself
to be treated with contempt?  The answer is clearly, “No!” The Governor, who was backed by
the power of the Persian Crown, would have vigorously confronted this incompetent performance
by eradicating the slackers and replacing them with more competent administrators in these
positions of responsibility in his government.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“In all my perplexities and distresses, the Bible has
never failed to give me
light and strength.”

– Robert E. Lee





Something to Ponder??
The NIV translation makes up 45% of all Bible sales.
The KJ and the NKJ together make up 40%.
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Shadday (Hb) – Almighty (Eng) – Shadday occurs 40 times in the OT (31 times in Job)
means "all powerful." Shadday is combined with el (meaning "God") in
el shadday to say "God Almighty." This is used by the patriarchs six times.
El Shadday is the one who can fulfill his promise (Gen.17:1-8; 28:3; 35:11),
bring destruction (Isaiah 13:6; Joel 1:150
and defeat Israel's enemies (Psalm 68:14).
  1 Kings 9:15 records that King Solomon constructed walls at Hazor, Megiddo and Gezer. The six-chamber gates built
in Solomon's day at all three of these locations have
been excavated.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I treat God with contempt by not giving him my best?
Do I honor men with my best instead of God?
Today I will honor God by giving him my best instead of giving him second place
or giving him whatever is left over.
  "Gold there is, and
rubies in abundance,

    but lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel."
- Proverbs 20:15
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Looking to the west from the top of Arbel at the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. The north shore of Galilee is the location of Capernaum, the sermon on the mount, Korazin, Jesus sermon from the boat, Bethsaida and John 21.
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