The Message

Malachi 1

No More of This So-Called Worship!

1A Message. God’s Word to Israel through Malachi:

2-3 God said, “I love you.”

You replied, “Really? How have you loved us?”

“Look at history” (this is God’s answer). “Look at how differently I’ve treated you, Jacob, from Esau: I loved Jacob and hated Esau. I reduced pretentious Esau to a molehill, turned his whole country into a ghost town.”

When Edom (Esau) said, “We’ve been knocked down, but we’ll get up and start over, good as new,” God-of-the-Angel-Armies said, “Just try it and see how far you get. When I knock you down, you stay down. People will take one look at you and say, ‘Land of Evil!’ and ‘the God-cursed tribe!’

“Yes, take a good look. Then you’ll see how faithfully I’ve loved you and you’ll want even more, saying, ‘May God be even greater, beyond the borders of Israel!’

“Isn’t it true that a son honors his father and a worker his master? So if I’m your Father, where’s the honor? If I’m your Master, where’s the respect?” God-of-the-Angel-Armies is calling you on the carpet: “You priests despise me!

“You say, ‘Not so! How do we despise you?’

“By your shoddy, sloppy, defiling worship.

“You ask, ‘What do you mean, “defiling”? What’s defiling about it?’

7-8 “When you say, ‘The altar of God is not important anymore; worship of God is no longer a priority,’ that’s defiling. And when you offer worthless animals for sacrifices in worship, animals that you’re trying to get rid of—blind and sick and crippled animals—isn’t that defiling? Try a trick like that with your banker or your senator—how far do you think it will get you?” God-of-the-Angel-Armies asks you.

“Get on your knees and pray that I will be gracious to you. You priests have gotten everyone in trouble. With this kind of conduct, do you think I’ll pay attention to you?” God-of-the-Angel-Armies asks you.

10 “Why doesn’t one of you just shut the Temple doors and lock them? Then none of you can get in and play at religion with this silly, empty-headed worship. I am not pleased. The God-of-the-Angel-Armies is not pleased. And I don’t want any more of this so-called worship!

Offering God Something Hand-Me-Down, Broken, or Useless

11 “I am honored all over the world. And there are people who know how to worship me all over the world, who honor me by bringing their best to me. They’re saying it everywhere: ‘God is greater, this God-of-the-Angel-Armies.’

12-13 “All except you. Instead of honoring me, you profane me. You profane me when you say, ‘Worship is not important, and what we bring to worship is of no account,’ and when you say, ‘I’m bored—this doesn’t do anything for me.’ You act so superior, sticking your noses in the air—act superior to me, God-of-the-Angel-Armies! And when you do offer something to me, it’s a hand-me-down, or broken, or useless. Do you think I’m going to accept it? This is God speaking to you!

14 “A curse on the person who makes a big show of doing something great for me—an expensive sacrifice, say—and then at the last minute brings in something puny and worthless! I’m a great king, God-of-the-Angel-Armies, honored far and wide, and I’ll not put up with it!”

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Malakias 1

Halvhjertet gudsdyrkelse

1Malakias modtog følgende budskab fra Herren til Israels folk:

2-3 „Jeg elsker jer, mit folk,” siger Herren.

„I spørger: ‚Hvordan har du vist os din kærlighed?’[a]

Dertil svarer jeg: Er Esau ikke Jakobs bror? Og dog foretrak jeg Jakob frem for Esau. Jeg gjorde Esaus bjergland til en ødemark, et sted hvor sjakaler færdes. Og hvis Esaus efterkommere, edomitterne, siger: ‚Vores land blev hærget, men vi vil genopbygge det,’ så river jeg det ned igen. Deres land er kendt som ondskabens land, og derfor er de til stadighed offer for min vrede. Det skal I få at se, og da vil I udbryde: ‚Herrens magt rækker langt ud over Israels grænser.’ En søn ærer sin far, og en slave respekterer sin herre. Jeg er både jeres Far og Herre, men alligevel ærer og respekterer I mig ikke! I er mine præster, men I ringeagter mig!

‚Hvordan har vi ringeagtet dig?’ spørger I.

Hver gang I bringer urene ofre til alteret!

‚Hvordan er vores ofre blevet urene?’

Fordi I siger: ‚Der er ingen grund til at give det bedste til Gud!’

Er det måske ikke forkasteligt at ofre syge, lamme og blinde dyr til mig? Prøv at bringe sådanne gaver til jeres guvernør! Vil han synes om dem og gøre, hvad I beder ham om? Tror I, at jeg vil hjælpe jer, når I bringer mig sådanne gaver? 10 Det ville være bedre at spærre døren til templet, så I ikke kom og ofrede den slags nytteløse gaver. Jeg kan ikke acceptere jeres handlemåde, og jeg vil ikke tage imod jeres ofre.

11 Alle folkeslag fra den ene ende af jorden til den anden skal erkende min magt og storhed. Overalt vil mennesker bringe mig røgelse og egnede ofre. 12 I, derimod, vanærer mig ved at sige: ‚Det er ikke så væsentligt, om det, vi ofrer til Herren, er som foreskrevet.’

13 I beklager jer oven i købet og siger: ‚Hvor er det besværligt at tjene Herren!’

Hvorfor foragter I mig? I bringer stjålne, lamme og syge dyr som offergave til mig. Skulle jeg virkelig tage imod sådan noget? 14 Den bedrager, som lover at bringe en flot vædder fra sin hjord, men bringer et defekt dyr i stedet, fortjener min straf. For jeg er en mægtig Konge, og alverdens folkeslag har ærefrygt for mig! siger Herren, den Almægtige.”

Notas al pie

  1. 1,2-3 Herrens kærlighed til sit folk, Jakobs efterkommere, indebærer straf for deres ulydighed og oprør, men også genoprettelse for den rest, der ydmyger sig. Til sammenligning er der ingen genoprettelse for Esaus efterkommere.