27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
Have you ever had someone give you gift, and it came from someone who you were sure did not like you?
Later it turned out that gift, which seemed like a nice and generous act at first, was actually a way for that person to mock or embarrass you in front of others.
Perhaps you have been in a workplace with a supervisor who did not like you. The only reason they did nice things to you was to look good in front of others or to benefit themselves in some way. In return, all you received was trouble or no credit, perhaps even getting passed over for well-deserved promotions.
These acts and gifts did not bring you joy or thankfulness. They only made you angry.
How do you think God feels when we bring poor or purposefully bad sacrifices and offerings?
This is done through giving what we feel like when it is time for tithes and offerings. (Malachi 3:6-12)
This is done by saying “Yes, Lord! I will do whatever you ask of me!” when you have no intention of doing anything. (Malachi 3:13-15)
This is done by saying you are a Christian and then calling evil things good. (Malachi 1)
We must always check our hearts as we deal with people and with God, that we may willingly and joyfully give what God desires and deserves. (2 Corinthians 9)
Lord, forgive us for our wicked selfishness and idolatry. Help us to love you and offer true sacrifices (Isaiah 58). Help us forgive those who treat us as wickedly as we treat You.
July 11th, 2016 at 3:54 pm
Does Jesus curse Christians?
July 11th, 2016 at 4:20 pm
No, Travis. If those who are Christian in name only are counted (which may be difficult for us to determine on Earth, though not impossible and sometimes quite easy), then yes, He does.
Jesus, God, only curses – in this instance I mean condemns- those who do not call on His name and follow Him as Lord, e.g. non-Christians. He may rebuke and discipline Christians (Hebrews 12:3-11; Revelation 3:19), but He does not curse them. In fact, He took on the curse for us (Galatia S 3:13-14)!
July 11th, 2016 at 4:28 pm
I said that because Malachi speaks of cursing those who didn’t tithe but that’s not an accurate interpretation that you quoted. We Christians are not under the law, we are under Grace and sin has no dominion over us (Romans 6:14). We don’t tithe but give cheerfully under the Holy Spirit authority ( 2 Corinthians 9:7).
July 11th, 2016 at 4:34 pm
Quite right. Thank you for the clarification!