By Beverly Barnett

Tuesday, May 14

Profaning the Lord’s Table

Malachi 1:9-13

“But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the LORD is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible,” Malachi 1:12.

The worship of God had become contemptible by a people whom God adored; it had become mundane, lifeless and cold. They resented their offerings by only giving the lame, sickly animals and moldy bread to the priest. What is more surprising is that the priest accepted them. Their actions showed their lack of reverence, respect and love for God.

Let us compare our worship today with Israel’s worship then. Since the sixties, church attendance has decreased especially by millennials. This is a surprising fact since megachurches have increased across the world. Another interesting statistic is that forty-six percent of those who say they attend church attend a church with a hundred or fewer members. But this does not account for the reason in the decrease in church attendance by its members. I have one explanation; they never fell in love with Jesus.

If your husband or wife never came home after work, always finding an excuse, until finally, the only time they came home was during a holiday you would probably not stay married long. It is a sure sign that something else is more important to them. The same is true for church members who do not regularly attend the church of their membership; they find other things more important. Their love for Jesus and the church He died for is weak. Because their love is lacking, their worship is anemic, their giving is sickly, and their respect and reverence for God is nonexistent; not much different than Israel’s worship services of God.

REFLECTION: “Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy” (Psalm 99:9).

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