“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” (Malachi 3:10-12).
The Lord says, “Prove me now” and see if I will not “pour you out a blessing” too big to receive. This is the only time in the Bible that God makes such a proposal. He is saying, “Give it a try. It will work. I promise you.” Hundreds of thousands of people that pay their tithes will gladly testify to the truth of God’s tithing promise. They have all learned the truth of the words: “You can’t out-give God.” God promises that faithful tithe payers will receive blessings so great that they will not have room enough to receive them. And God’s Words don’t fail.
God gave Adam and Eve the fruit of all the trees in the garden of Eden except one – the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16, 17). The fruit of that tree was not theirs to eat. They were to leave it alone. Eve said they were not even to touch it (Genesis 3:3). But they did not trust God. They ate the fruit and fell. Today, God gives His riches, wisdom, and all of the other assets and blessings of heaven. Everything is ours – except one-tenth of our income, which is His (Leviticus 27:30).
But as with Adam and Eve, He does not take it by force. He leaves it within our reach but warns, “Don’t take that. It is holy. It is mine.” When we knowingly take God’s tithe and appropriate it for our own use, we repeat the sin of Adam and Eve and show lack of trust in our Redeemer. God does not need our money, but He deserves our loyalty and trust. God says if we put Him first, He will see to it that our needs are all met and much more (Matthew 6:33). Actually, we cannot afford not to tithe!
In His service,
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