“Go to Bethel and sin;
go to Gilgal and sin yet more.
Bring your sacrifices every morning,
your tithesevery three years.
5 Burn leavened bread as a thank offering
and brag about your freewill offerings—
boast about them, you Israelites,
for this is what you love to do,”
declares the Sovereign Lord.
The Lord charged Israel of hypocritical worship. They only cared about being “seen” to worship God. It was an act of pride! It was an attitude, a motive for them to be “praised” for their “praise” of God!
Let my heart be pure when I worship you. I don’t want to worship for my own ‘gain’ or my own reputation or recognition.