The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable—
how much more so when brought with evil intent!
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination even when he does so with (in his mind) good intent. The wicked will contribute to charity. They will attend church and contribute to its causes. They will offer up prayers and even volunteer to help others. But because they do not repent of their sins, because they do not submit to the law of God, their sacrifices and “good” deeds are regarded as an abomination.
How much more then when the wicked bring their sacrifices with evil intent. They may give to a church in order to have control or to cover up their wickedness or to win the adulation of others. Attending church may be a means to win political favor or gain new clients or even to prey upon the unsuspecting. They may pretend to worship while inwardly mocking those who are worshipping.
God will not be mocked. It is better for the wicked to offer no sacrifice. Consider then the false ministers who turn their office as Ministers of the Gospel into Salesmen of Prosperity or even Deniers of the Gospel. Tremble for such persons who must give an account before the Almighty Judge. Take not lightly what God calls an abomination.
And take not lightly what our Lord has done for us. For without his sacrifice, our “sacrifices” would be an abomination to God no matter what our intent. His sacrifice was his own precious blood that he presented with the only pure intent ever shown by any man. Let us humbly give him thanks even now.
Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise,
in the city of our God, his holy mountain.
2 Beautiful in its loftiness,
the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon[b] is Mount Zion,
the city of the Great King.
3 God is in her citadels;
he has shown himself to be her fortress.
4 When the kings joined forces,
when they advanced together,
5 they saw her and were astounded;
they fled in terror.
6 Trembling seized them there,
pain like that of a woman in labor.
7 You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish
shattered by an east wind.
8 As we have heard,
so we have seen
in the city of the Lord Almighty,
in the city of our God:
God makes her secure
9 Within your temple, O God,
we meditate on your unfailing love.
10 Like your name, O God,
your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;
your right hand is filled with righteousness.
11 Mount Zion rejoices,
the villages of Judah are glad
because of your judgments.
12 Walk about Zion, go around her,
count her towers,
13 consider well her ramparts,
view her citadels,
that you may tell of them
to the next generation.
14 For this God is our God for ever and ever;
he will be our guide even to the end.