Men are wont to offer such treatment to God as they will not take one of another.
Edwards draws his text from Malachi 1:8 and develops nine points to support the doctrine above. His argument may be summed up as he describes the natural bent of sinners:
The meanest object of their lusts is set higher than he: he has less respect show him than a few shillings of money, or than a morsel of meat or a draught of strong drink, or a little brutish pleasure with a harlot. The vilest of their wicked companions is more regarded, more feared and honored than the Lord of heaven and earth … They plainly show that they condemn his awful and infinite majesty and greatness, [his] spotless holiness, his justice; [they] contemn [both] his threatenings [and his] mercy.
The specific application is straightforward and penetrating. The Puritan divine encourages his listeners to make good use of the text by engaging in self-reflection, by turning to the Savior with a repentant heart, and praising God for his patience and mercy.
The sermons of Jonathan Edwards are a wake-up call for preachers in this generation to preach bold, gospel-centered messages.