“God is holy. In heaven exists a Being who decides whether or not I take another breath. This holy God deserves excellence, the very best I have.” (Chan and Yankoski 91) “From the beginning of time, He has been clear that some offerings are acceptable to Him and others are not.” (Chan and Yankoski 90)
“Just ask Cain, upon whose offering God ‘did not look with favor’ (Gen. 4:5).” (qtd. in Chan and Yankoski 90)
“Hosea 13:6 says, ‘When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.'” (qtd. in Chan and Yankoski 91)
“‘But when you present the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you present the lame and sick, is it not evil? Why not offer it to your governor? Would he be pleased with you? Or would he receive you kindly?’ says the Lord. —Malachi 1:8 NASB” (qtd. in Chan and Yankoski 91)
“Two verses further on in Malachi, God says, ‘Oh that there were one among you who would shut the gates, that you might not uselessly kindle fire on My altar! I am not pleased with you, . . . nor will I accept an offering from you’ (NASB).” (qtd. in Chan and Yankoski 92)
Chan, Francis, and Danae Yankoski. Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God. David C. Cook, 2013. pp. 90-92.