Fear would always grip me when my mother would suddenly say “Hedley, I have a bone to pick with you”! This was code for “you’re in trouble” and being on the wrong side of my mum was definitely something to be avoided. Well, at the start of Israel’s history God gave this command:
“Do not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep that has any defect or flaw in it, for that would be detestable to him.” Deuteronomy 17 verse 1
Toward the end of their history, God says in effect, “I have a bone to pick with you”, to which the people initially pretend innocence:
“… ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’ … ‘How have we defiled you?’ … By saying that the Lord’s table is contemptible. …When you sacrifice crippled or diseased animals, is that not wrong?” Malachi 1 verses 6-8
My gut feeling is that this is a very contemporary bone that God might wish to pick. How so? Well remember Paul’s great concluding statement, having spent eleven chapters expatiating on our wonderful salvation in Christ Jesus:
“Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.“ Romans 12 verse 1
We ourselves now are the sacrifice, and this means the requirement to lead blameless lives (though we cannot be 100% sinless). As the apostle Peter puts it “…make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him”. Do you live without giving much thought to the manner of your life? If so, I have news for you: “God has a bone to pick with you”!