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am a master, where is my fear?

saith Jehovah of hosts
Simply from the Scriptures unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say,
from the Church of Christ in Richmond Indiana Wherein have we despised thy name? Ye offer polluted
bread upon mine altar. And ye say, Wherein have we
Things God does not like… polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of Jehovah is
I constantly remind myself of the passage in Romans 15:4 contemptible. And when ye offer the blind for sacrifice, it is
(KJV): “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were no evil! and when ye offer the lame and sick, it is no evil!
written for our learning, that we through patience and Present it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with
comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” thee? or will he accept thy person? saith Jehovah of hosts.
And now, I pray you, entreat the favor of God, that he may
This tells me I can study the Old Testament to find what be gracious unto us: this hath been by your means: will he
God likes or does not like. I understand the Old Testament accept any of your persons? saith Jehovah of hosts. Oh
passages are not in effect, but rather as Paul said, it is our that there were one among you that would shut the doors,
schoolmaster: “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to that ye might not kindle fire on mine altar in vain! I have
bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. no pleasure in you, saith Jehovah of hosts, neither will I
But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a accept an offering at your hand.”
schoolmaster.” Malachi 1:6-10 (ASV)
Galatians 3:24-25 (KJV)
Things God does not like…empty promises
Knowing this, I can find what God does or does not like. Not only were the Israelites bringing the worst they had,
they “lied” about their sacrifices. They vowed to give the
Things God does not like… Lame sacrifices best, but instead took their worst They promised to
After the captivity, the children of Israel returned to their sacrifice their best, but their promises were empty. Later in
land they became mediocre concerning their sacrifices. the chapter mentioned above, God said, “But cursed be
One could return to the book of Genesis and read the the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth,
account of Cain and Abel’s sacrifices to the Lord. Abel’s and sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing: for I am a
sacrifice was proper and was accepted of God. Although great King, saith the Lord of hosts, and my name is
Cain’s sacrifice was not acceptable, God allowed Cain the dreadful among the heathen.” Malachi 1:14 (KJV)
opportunity to present a proper sacrifice. As all know,
rather than taking the opportunity to do God’s will, Cain Although we do not offer sheep and goats for sacrifice,
killed Abel thus committing the first murder of the Bible. God expects us to do our best. Paul said we are to make
our body as a living sacrifice, “I beseech you therefore,
However, we return to the time of Malachi for the text of brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your
this lesson. The problem is obvious, the children of Israel bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which
were not sacrificing to God the best they had, but they is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this
brought the lame and sickly to be offered to God. Rather world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your
than refuse to offer the sacrifice, the priests offered it to mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
the Lord. None of this was pleasing to the Lord. Note what acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:1-2 (KJV)
God said, “A son honoreth his father, and a servant his
master: if then I am a father, where is mine honor? and if I

that there be people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth. God has father or his mother. It is like when Jesus walked the earth. King Saul disobeyed and allowed the people to Man says ignorance is bliss.One way our sacrifices come in the way of obedience. during the Super Bowl. but with friends and party (that normally includes beer). God does not like outright disobedience with the hath. Because thou hast rejected the word brethren. Saul first claimed he did the will of the Lord. note what the taught: “And I.” 1 speech or of wisdom. and no gatherings when I come.” Hosea as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices. teaching for doctrines I wonder how much people would give if their income was the commandments of men. 16:2 (KJV) honoureth me with their lips. Jesus is preached. as in 4:6 (KJV) obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold. I note one instance: Man’s will. many spend what Jesus said about their efforts.” 1 Cor. In first Samuel. Paul noted what God expects: “For if there be forgiveness first a willing mind. when I came to you. the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. For God also demands our knowledge to be in Christ. it is accepted according to that a man Finally. 8:12 expectation of forgiveness. to obey is better than sacrifice.” 2 Cor. but their heart is far from me. “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by Ye hypocrites. Note If we talk in the way of giving to the Lord. iniquity and idolatry. concentrating on worshipping the Lord. “…And honour not his money on lavish items and give little to the Lord. that back the best to offer it as a sacrifice to God. Hath the Lord the law of thy God. although desiring to watch the game live. God instructs King Saul to utterly destroy the Amalekites for what they did to Things God does not like… the Israelites when they came from Egypt (please read the Ignorance and putting man’s traditions first text). 15:22-23 (KJV) . and not according to that he hath not. Thus have ye made not commanded we give of our means but of our bounty. But in vain they do worship me. When we choose to ignore the world’s way and walk God’s save Jesus Christ. chapter fifteen. he hath also rejected thee from being king. The text is. God. The Pharisees had found loopholes and could exploit the Law for their benefit. and to hearken than the fat of rams. I will also forget thy children. well did Esaias prophesy of you. Although rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. This him in store. wherein they failed Outright disobedience with the expectation of to provide. God’s men and their traditions have all but replaced him in their people. When confronted one reason the Israelites were punished for their sins. came not with excellency of of the Lord. worship service. the bleating of the sheep and the lowing of the “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because oxen proved different. This was the excuse of King (KJV) Saul. Matthew 15:1-9. as God hath prospered him. God does not! Ignorance was return with the best the Amalekites had. Men assemble with the saints and forget the Super Bowl by had taken God’s word and twisted it to fit their desires. and him crucified.” 1 Cor. I will also reject thee. but not the ways of God: However. and stubbornness is as Paul was an educated man. 2:1-2 (KJV) way we have sacrificed our will for God’s. This did not thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten please God. They by Samuel. he shall be free. Saul claimed the people brought thou hast rejected knowledge. Samuel said: “And Samuel said. declaring unto you the testimony of Sam. is to gather This is a great failing of our society. evidently knew the ways of idols.” Matthew 15:6-9 (KJV) based on their giving to the Lord? In reminding those in Corinth who promised support to Paul. saying. For I determined not to know any thing among you.

A New Testament passage with this same thought is: “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth. Clark  Schedule of Services: Sunday Morning: Classes: 9:30 am Worship Service: 10:30 am Sunday Evening: Worship Service: 6:00 pm Wednesday Evening: Classes & Invitation 7:00 pm Questions. 765-935-2911 Proverbs 28:14: Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief  . which shall devour the adversaries. But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation. there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.” Hebrews 10:26-27 (KJV) Let us seek those things that please the Lord. Elsewise we face eternal torment. Douglas R. Comments call or write.