Malachi 3:8-12 (NKJV) 8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try 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 such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts; 12 “And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,” Says the Lord of hosts.
The Mosaic Law required the Israelites to tithed a tenth of all produce and livestock to the Lord. Or they could redeem it with money and add a fifth part. This tithe was in addition to other numerous required offerings. These tithes and offerings were an acknowledgment by the people of Israel that everything belonged to Lord and that He was the Giver of all possessions. In the New Testament, we are taught to give systematically, liberally, cheerfully, and as the Lord has prospered us, that is we are to give proportionately. But there is no mention of tithing in the New Testament. Rather, we are to ponder the question, if a Jew living under the Law gave a tenth, how much more should a Christian living under grace give? The reward for faithful tithing in the Old Testament was material wealth. On the other hand, the reward for faithful giving in the New Testament is spiritual riches, which are more valuable than sliver and gold. In either case, our tithes and offerings are our acknowledgment that everything belongs to God, for He is the Giver of all things. Here in Malachi 3 verses 8 through 12, God reminds the Israelites of their failure to bring their tithes and offerings. They were robbing God and bringing a curse on themselves. If they will be faithful with their tithes, God will bless them incredibly, so much so that there will not be room enough to receive it. God will deliver them from drought, plague, enemies, and locusts. And He will make them a blessing to all nations. It follows then, if we are faithful in our giving, then God will bless us even more by His grace.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.