Malachi 3:8-12 (KJV) “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.”
COMMENTARY: One of the biggest sins in the Old Testament was covetousness. The children of Israel were guilty of coveting their money, possessions and financial resources instead of being faithful in giving the LORD their tithes and offerings. God chastised them and explained the enormous benefits of being faithful in giving.
APPLICATION: Covetousness is still as big a sin today as it was in the Old Testament. When I was born again at age 29, the Holy Spirit began to teach and convict me about tithes and offerings. As New Year’s Day approached, I made a resolution to begin tithing effective January 1, 1986. For decades since, I have faithfully given my tithes and offerings to the Lord and have experienced this promise in Malachi 3. We have been through some challenging times, but through it all, the Lord has been faithful and true to His Word.
Perhaps today, you need to make a commitment to obey the Lord in the area of tithes and offerings. Perhaps you’re guilty of robbing God, of being covetous and stingy. Let God set you free, step forward by faith, and watch Him work. (A word of caution: don’t turn your tithe into an idol. I have a friend who did that, and the LORD had to teach him a dramatic lesson in idolatry. If you’re tithing, don’t worship the tithe and consider it a magical casino slot machine. God is a jealous God, and He doesn’t want the tithe or anything else to become a false god.)
For Further Exploration
For further exploration about Ecclesiastes 11:4 (KJV)，read There is No Way to Know What Comes Afterwards (Eccl 9:1-11:6) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary