“Bring the full tenth into the storehouse so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this way,” says the Lord of Hosts. “See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure.”” (Malachi 3:10)
This is one of the most misunderstood and misused verses in the Bible. Contrary to popular belief, this was, and still is, a test of our faith in God, and our obedience to God. God was testing the Israelites, and He is testing us today. Many of us focus our attention on God’s promise of an immeasurable blessing, instead of the condition by which we will receive the blessing. Let’s look closer.
- “Bring the full tenth…” – this is the condition. God commands us to bring the full tenth, not a partial part of the tenth, or tithe. If we were to be honest, most of us would have to admit that we hardly ever give the actual tenth of our first fruits, before taxes. God does not accept partial service, or partial worship.
- “into the storehouse so that there will be food in My house.” – so that those who serve God in His temple, may live. We must provide for those who serve God, and us. This is a command, not a suggestion. In the Book of Haggai, chapter two, verse eight, God reminds us that all the gold and silver belongs to Him: “The silver and gold is mine” – this is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts.” If we believe that this is true, and it is, what right do we have to withhold any portion of the tithe from Him? How dare we!
- “Test Me in this way,” says the Lord of Hosts.”” – God issues us a challenge. He wants to demonstrate to us that He will keep His promise. He challenges us to put all our faith and trust in Him to do what he says He will do.
- “See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure.” – God was promising rain for their faith and obedience, and with the rain, abundance of crops that would over-abundantly provide for their families.
If by faith we obey God and give Him the FULL 10% of our gross earnings, as He commands us to do, He will supply us, over-abundantly, with what we need to take care of ourselves and our families. DO NOT MISUNDERSTAND! GOD DOES NOT, NOR DOES HE EVER, PROMISE TO MAKE US RICH! He promises to give us what we need, and we are to be satisfied with what He gives us. If we expect more than what God provides, it’s greed, and greed is a sin.
“But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.” (1 Timothy 6:9-10)
- how will we obey today’s lesson?
- With whom will we share today’s lesson?
- With whom will we share the story of our salvation and the story of what Jesus has done for us?
In Christ’s love,