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Malachi 1:6-14

Malachi 1:6-14


Sermon: God’s Dispute with His People
Bible Passage: Malachi 1:6–14

I. God saw inconsistency between the claim and deeds of His people (1:6-14)

1. They professed God to be “Father” and “Master” (1:6)
2. But their deeds were inconsistent with their profession (1:7-14)

a. They offered to their God blind, crippled, and dead animals (1:7-8, 13b-14)
b. Their actions revealed that their service to God was a kind of liability and obligation (1:13)
c. Their claim and service were just superficial
d. God would not accept their service which were insincere and full of defilement (1:10)

3. They were in denial of God’s disputation and their indifference (1:6b)

a. Verse 1:7: But you ask, “How have we defiled you?”
b. They continued their meaningless religious practices (verse 9)

4. They wanted God to remain gracious to them despite their attitude towards Him (1:9-11)
5. What are the causes for such a state?

a. Incorrect assessment:
b. Failed priesthood
c. Familiarity
d. They honored their human leaders more than their God (1:8)

II. Just like the people of Judah, we may also become careless or insensitive to the awesomeness of God.

1. We develop cold-shoulder towards God
2. We offer to Him passionless worship
3. We lead a lukewarm relationship towards Him

III. God wanted Judah to know who He is? (1:11, 14)

1. The Great King (verse 14)
2. Great among the nations (verse 11)
3. Feared by all (verse 14)
4. God reminds the people of Judah that they were elected unconditionally (cf. 1:2)

IV. When we deserved nothing, God chose us (Eph 1:3-14)

1. Has chosen us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ
2. Has redeemed us through the blood of Jesus Christ
3. Has claimed us to be His own through the Holy Spirit

Take Away: 

Express honor, reverence, and fear in your relationship with God

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at