Monday, September 21, 2015

Malachi, Day 1 Readings

Cutting Corners in the Temple  

Today's reading is the beginning of Malachi, who suggested that God's hope for faith in the reestablished Jerusalem hasn't worked out.  The people have settled the city and rebuilt the Temple, but they are not completely faithful.

The problems are most obvious with the priests in the Temple.  Evidently, they find their service a terrible burden, and they complain about it.  Worse, they are failing to uphold standards for sacrifices, allowing all sorts of imperfect animals to be offered on God's altar.  Instead of giving God the best gifts, they assume that God will be happy with anything.  Malachi reports that God is not happy at all, and God even wishes that the halfway sacrifices in the Temple would be stopped entirely.

Read Malachi 1:1-14  (NIV)   (NRSV)   (CEB)
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Reading the Bible in Its Entirety

If you are planning to read the Bible in its entirety, you should read Malachi 1 today.