BLESSED PEOPLE CAN INHERIT A CURSE Mal 1:6-14
A LOW OPINION OF GOD AND HIS WORK AMONG HIS PEOPLE AND WORKERS BRINGS A CURSE.
A. To Some God can Becomes More of a Bother in their Lives.
Idea well it is kind of necessary but it is a pain. Especially those in places of service.
In the New Testament period all believers are priests and are to serve the Lord.
1. There was an evident lack of honour.
How ought a person to honour their Father?
b. Voice tone of voice.
c. Listen carefully to what they say.
2. There was an evident lack of fear.
How ought a person to fear an employer?
Follow his rules.
Work according to his specifications.
Obedience in the workplace.
3. God’s name becomes something despicable.
Used only for religious observance.
Relegated to a few hours a week of life.
B. Giving God What is Leftover.
Polluted bread, blind sacrifice, lame, sick, or First-fruits, First love, Giving our Saviour our best.
Try paying your taxes that way.
See if the bill collectors will be happy if you pay that way, or the landlord, mortgage company etc.
C. Looking for the Angle of Personal Gain.
What is in it for Me?
There is always great personal gain in service to the Lord but often it is spiritual and more subliminal in nature.
D. Christian Service is a privilege but we can always be replaced.
This verse is true, looking to the millennial kingdom, but even today among the heathen nations there are churches that honour the God of the Bible.
How many groups that once served God went bad corrupt and God simply allowed their candlestick to be extinguished and raised up another in its place.
E. Profaning the name of the Lord:
Going through the motions of worship but not worshipping.
The table of the Lord is polluted.
Germs, unclean low quality.
Whose fault is that?
Not ready to enjoy feasts with God’s people at the temple.
They think it is low class.
Tired of going to church, Turn up nose at it try to find something negative to say about it.
Disesteem blow or exhale.
They are the ones giving the Lord what is leftover, what they don’t need what they don’t want.
No first-fruits. No first love for God.
Honest question: Should God accept this from us? Does He deserve more?
F. A Curse that will fall upon God’s people who begin to have contempt for Him.
1. He is a Malingerer.
2. He has vowed to do his best.
3. He comes to serve God and bring a corrupt thing.
Reason He wouldn’t dare skip out on his taxes but he will do it to God.
God expects to be feared by the world as a holy omnipotent God.
So first and foremost his own people must honour Him properly!!!
Are you Cheap with God? Do you have poor and unconcerned attendance? Put out at loss of time.
Sense no obligation to serve. Unconcerned when you do attend. Look down on God’s work (critical).