Sunday, January 5, 2014

Malachi 3:8-15

Delivered 12/24/13 @ 12:36 a.m.

"Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, 'How have we robbed You?' In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the Lord of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes," says the Lord of hosts. "All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land," says the Lord of hosts. - Malachi 3:8-12 (NASB)

Paying your tithe is not optional if you are a Christian. To not pay your tithe is to steal from God. If you don't pay tithe, you are cursed. The original Hebrew says you will be execrated. That means "loathed." That means "feel intense dislike or disgust for."

And, by the way, a tithe is not just what you can afford. God says He wants the WHOLE tithe. In case you don't know, tithe means a tenth, but it actually means the first tenth. Tithe before you pay anything else. Your bills can wait one more day.

What's the "storehouse?" Deuteronomy 26. It explains everything.

God says you can test Him with this. In other words, if you aren't sure if it will really work or not, try it. With a lot of things, God doesn't want you to "test" Him. He wants you to just take His word for it. But with this, God says you can try Him.

What's the benefit? Why should you tithe? Well, besides the getting rid of a curse thing, God says He will "open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows." The King James Version says it's a blessing that you don't have room enough to receive.

Well, what happens when someone has something to give you, but you don't have room enough for it? Credit.

Tithe and you will have a Heavenly credit line. How much? Philippians 4:19

Supply = pleroo = to make filled or well-supplied with something
All = pas = thoroughly
Need = chreia = to furnish what is needed
According to = kata = through
Riches = ploutos = abundance
Glory = doxa = high renown or honor won by notable achievements (Amen!)

My God shall thoroughly fill and well-supply the furnishing of what you need through His abundance of honor won by the notable achievements of Jesus Christ!

Notice that He didn't say He'd fill your need. He said He'd fill the furnishing of what you need. That means you can pull from that furnishing anytime you have a need. And the limit is set by Christ's "notable achievements!" Hallelujah!

And THEN (as if that's not enough), He says He will express sharp disapproval for (rebuke) whatever devours your supply so it can't decay the reward you've already got nor will you lose any future reward. What reward? The reward for paying your tithe!

And THEN, He says masses of people will guide you to valuable land! (That's what it means when it says nations will call you blessed and you will be a delightful land.)

Are you happy yet? Well, don't get ahead of yourself. He has something else to say.

"Your words have been arrogant against Me," says the Lord. "Yet you say, 'What have we spoken against You?' You have said, 'It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His charge, and that we have walked in mourning before the Lord of hosts? So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.'" - Malachi 3:13-15 (NASB)

You've been speaking contrary to God. When? When you said, "It's useless (and possibly destructive) to work for God. What is the gain of guarding our duty and living in repentance toward God? No, let's give to the arrogant. Let's build up the ones God calls 'wrong' and see if they don't escape God.

Wow. I think God is serious about tithing.

"If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." - Joshua 24:15 (NASB)