Watch your step whenever you visit God's house, and come more ready to listen than to offer a fool's sacrifice, since fools never think they're doing evil.
"Do not come any closer," God said. "Remove your sandals from your feet, because the place where you are standing is holy ground."
The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is his delight.
What the wicked person sacrifices is detestable how much more when he offers it with vile motives!
"When you come to present yourselves in my presence, who has required you to trample on my courts?
"Whoever slaughters an ox is just like one who kills a human being; whoever sacrifices a lamb is just like one who breaks a dog's neck; whoever makes a grain offering is just like one who offers pig's blood; and whoever makes a memorial offering of frankincense is just like one who blesses an idol. Yes, these have chosen their own ways, and they take delight in their contaminated actions.
This is what the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, the God of Israel, says:
For it is love that I seek, and not sacrifice; knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come. All of us are here now in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has ordered you to say."
You have homes in which to eat and drink, don't you? Or do you despise God's church and humiliate those who have nothing? What should I say to you? Should I praise you? I will not praise you for this!
For if we choose to go on sinning after we have learned the full truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and worship God in reverence and fear in a way that pleases him.
You must understand this, my dear brothers. Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.
Therefore, rid yourselves of every kind of evil and deception, hypocrisy, jealousy, and every kind of slander.
Later, after a while, Cain brought an offering to the LORD from the fruit that he had harvested,
Then Jacob woke up during the night and told himself, "Surely, the LORD is in this place and I never knew it!"
Moses spoke with Aaron about what the LORD had said: "Among those who are near me, I'll show myself holy so that I'll be glorified before all people." So Aaron remained silent.
The commander of the LORD's Army replied to Joshua, "Remove your sandals from your feet, because the place where you're standing is holy." So Joshua did so.
Saul replied, "When? I saw that the people were scattering from me, that you didn't come at the appointed time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Michmash. I thought, "The Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal but I've not sought the favor of the LORD,' so I forced myself to offer the burnt offering."
The people took some of the spoil sheep, cattle, and the best of what was to be completely destroyed to sacrifice to the LORD your God at Gilgal."
But after he had become strong, in his arrogance he acted corruptly and became unfaithful to the LORD his God, and he dared to enter the LORD's Temple to burn incense on the incense altar.
I do not rebuke you because of your sacrifices; indeed, your burnt offerings are continuously before me.
"Oh, that one of you would shut the Temple doors and not light useless fires on the altar! I'm not pleased with you," says the LORD of the Heavenly Armies, "and I'll accept no offerings from you.
These people were more receptive than those in Thessalonica. They were very willing to receive the message, and every day they carefully examined the Scriptures to see if those things were so.