In this section of Malachi God condemns our fathers, especially the priests, for dishonoring His Name. Once again Israel responds in disbelief – how have we defiled your name? God’s response consists of three parts: they have dishonored His Name by offering blemished sacrifices with a contemptuous attitude in cowardly compliance with the sin of the people. Malachi’s condemnation supplies us with great wisdom as we consider what it means to be servants in Christ’s kingdom.