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LESSONS IN GIVING.pdf

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BY J. R. MILLER



Malachi L, 6-11; 77/., 8-12

The prophet reproves the people for their lack of
loyalty and faithfulness to Jehovah. He had
treated them as a father, but they had not given
Him a father's love and honor. *'A son honoreth
his father, and a servant his master: if then I
am a father, where is Mine honor? and if I am
a master, where is My fear? saith Jehovah of
hosts unto you, priests, that despise My name."
Everywhere dishonor to parents is branded as
a grievous sin. One who treats a parent un-
kindly or with neglect may have many virtues and
do many things well, but the one sin dims and
blots all.
BY J. R. MILLER



Malachi L, 6-11; 77/., 8-12

The prophet reproves the people for their lack of
loyalty and faithfulness to Jehovah. He had
treated them as a father, but they had not given
Him a father's love and honor. *'A son honoreth
his father, and a servant his master: if then I
am a father, where is Mine honor? and if I am
a master, where is My fear? saith Jehovah of
hosts unto you, priests, that despise My name."
Everywhere dishonor to parents is branded as
a grievous sin. One who treats a parent un-
kindly or with neglect may have many virtues and
do many things well, but the one sin dims and
blots all.

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LESSONS IN GIVINGBY J. R. MILLER Malachi L, 6-11; 77/., 8-12The prophet reproves the people for their lack of loyalty and faithfulness to Jehovah. He hadtreated them as a father, but they had not givenHim a father's love and honor. *'A son honorethhis father, and a servant his master: if then Iam a father, where is Mine honor? and if I ama master, where is My fear? saith Jehovah of hosts unto you, priests, that despise My name."Everywhere dishonor to parents is branded asa grievous sin. One who treats a parent un-kindly or with neglect may have many virtues anddo many things well, but the one sin dims andblots all. One of the papers tells of a woman atan old man's coffin. She kissed him and weptover him. She told the people how good he was.He was old and poor, and she was young andrich. She had ten rooms, but no room for herfather. Yet he made room for her when he hadonly two. He was not educated. She was, andat his expense. He had fed and clothed and senther to seminary and college until she grew refinedand popular and married a rich man. Now shekissed him and cried by his coffin and buried him314MALACHI L, 6-11; III., 8-12 315handsomely. But everybody said this did notmake up for her want of kindness in the years of 
 
his old age.God is our Father. This revelation was madein all its fullness by Jesus Christ. We all loveto say that He is our Father, and to talk of Hiswonderful goodness. Yes, but that is not all thehonor we ought to give to such a Father. Weought to hallow His name, to advance His king-dom, and do His will. Does not God many timessay to us, *'If I am a father, where is Minehonor?"The people presumed to contend with God,claiming that they had been true to Him.*' Wherein have we despised Thy name?" Thenwe have Jehovah's answer, *'Ye offer pollutedbread upon Mine altar." Still they deny to Godthat they have in any way dishonored His nameor His service. ''And ye say, Wherein have wepolluted Thee?" The answer is, ''In that ye say,The table of Jehovah is contemptible."We may as well look at our own conduct whilewe are hearing God's charges against His ancientchildren. That is true Bible reading which al-lows the words to search our own heart and life.We should never offer to God that which we wouldnot use ourselves. Are not too many of our self-denials only the giving up of things which we donot care for? Do we not too often keep the bestfor ourselves and then let God have what we donot wish?316 LESSONS IN GIVINGTlie priests had been offering on tlie altar of Jehovah sacrifices which were not worthy of Hisholy name. ''And when ye offer the blind for
 
sacrifice, it is no evil ! and when ye offer the lameand sick, it is no evil! Present it now unto thygovernor; will he be pleased with thee? or willhe accept thy person? saith Jehovah of hosts.**The Jewish law required that every sacrifice of-fered unto God must be without blemish. Nolame, blind, or diseased animal would be accepted.It was an insult to God to bring to His altaranything that was maimed, blemished, or worth-less. Yet the people had been taking the best of everything for themselves, and then bringing therefuse, blind and lame animals, and such offer-ings to God. ** Suppose you treat your governorthus,'* asked the Lord, ''what would he think?Would he be pleased?**Well, how is it again with ourselves ? The ob- ject in putting this verse in the Bible was not toget us to condemn the people who lived twenty-three hundred years ago ; it was to make us think whether we are doing this mean thing ourselves.Do we give God the best of all we have, our bestlove, our best gifts, our best service? Or do wetake the best of all for ourselves, and then giveGod the blind, the lame? How many people in thechurch when the collection plate is passed, pick out the smallest bit of money, or a soiled or tornbill, or a coin with a hole in it, to put on theplate? We give our strength to our own work MALACHI L, 6-11; III., 8-12 317or business, and then have only our weariness tobring to God. We do our first work for our-selves, and then have only things which are of no value for our King. What kind of serviceare we giving to our glorious Lord?

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