into the blessing
Pullout quote: “Try me now in this…” Mal 3:10
double dog dare ya!
you pardon my loose interpretation, I believe that is what God
says to the believer who does not tithe. In Malachi 3, the author
paints a picture of tithing as a first step in repentance --
in turning back to the Lord. The command to tithe is presented
in response to the question "How shall we return?"
then, to the one whose faith has been weak, God offers this tremendous
dare – or promise, if you will -- and backs it up with
His own Word: "Try me now in this…"
The words remind me of one of those late night television pitchmen-- "try
my product!" They, too, often have a guarantee attached with how much
you’ll love their work, but they can only promise you your money back.
offers so much more.
this passage, God knows exactly who he is talking to -- flesh
and blood. He understands the position of the saint who is weak
and broken hearted, whose faith has perhaps been exploited, the
one who has lost hope. He understands when one of us has been
believing lies about Him so long, we don’t even have enough
in us to tithe jus to say thank You.
recognizes that we need a little encouragement to go against
our own selfish nature. We need incentives to help our belief
that obedience will bring a better reward. So he gives them --
in this case, in quadruplicate.
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. 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; "And all nations will call you blessed, For you
will be a delightful land," Says the Lord of hosts. (Mal
3: 10-12 NKJ)
to what God promises: Blessing so abundant you cannot absorb
all of it, rebuke against anyone or anything that would destroy
what you already have and have worked for, guarantee that what
you've already worked for will continue to be fruitful, and recognition
the Old Testament, tithing had its spiritual application, yes,
but it was also practical. The offerings (or some parts of them)
provided necessities for the Levites – the one tribe of
the 12 that did not receive a tribal land to own. (the Lord Himself
was their inheritance).
is no different. The church still needs the local support of
its members. It has mortgage and electricity bills to pay, programs
to fund, materials to buy, and yes, even staff to pay. The money
that supports all those things comes from the tithe – the
money God promises you are blessed to give.
that enough to convince a believer to do what God has already
don’t know, but I double dog dare ya to try Him and see!