Summary: Throughout the years, God has released great blessings when his children whole-heartedly followed him. Proverbs 3:5-10. What a great promise from Scripture! Do you realize that this promise still applies to us today?
A Higher Standard; Malachi 3:8-10
Throughout the years, God has released great blessings when his children whole-heartedly followed him. Proverbs 3:5-10. What a great promise from Scripture! Do you realize that this promise still applies to us today?
The book of Malachi reveals how important the tithe is to God. When his people refused to honor him with their wealth, God said they were stealing from him: Malachi 3:8-10…
God’s word says that when his people obeyed him by tithing, he would bless. But when they refused to follow his wishes regarding their giving, the Bible says they fell “under a curse.”
Sometimes, Christians get swept up in a debate over whether or not we’re required to tithe, when that’s not the real question. The real question is, does the promise of Malachi 3:9-10 still apply today?
There is not a passage in the New Testament that rescinded this promise, just as I have found no N.T. passage that ever rescinded God’s rainbow promise about a flood.
Do you believe God will never destroy the earth by water again? How do you know? Your confidence is based on the promise found in Genesis 9. This promise did not have to be restated in the New Testament in order to be valid today, just as the promise of Proverbs 3:5-6 about guidance did
not have to be restated.
God’s promise in regard to tithing is no different. Our decision to give 10% of our income back to God reflects our faith in Him as the source of all our blessings. This kind of faith pleases the Lord and brings abundant blessing.
I. ¬ Tithing motivates greater faithfulness.
Did you know that Jesus taught his followers to live by a higher standard than the one given in the O.T.? Jesus contrasted the requirements of the Law with the plan for his followers.
I want to see which is the higher standard, the Law of Moses or the way of Christ?
OT: Do not murder ¬ NT: Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer.
OT: Do not commit adultery ¬ NT: Anyone who lusts after a woman in his heart commits
OT: Do not swear falsely by God’s name ¬ NT: Do not swear at all.
Jesus’ way always calls for greater faithfulness and commitment than was required in the O. T. Can giving possibly be an exception? No one who wants to be faithful to God would ever think of doing less than the O.T. believers. When it comes to tithing, we all too often think that Christ didn’t come to fulfill it, but to destroy it.
That isn’t the case. Hebrews 10:1 says, “The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming-- not the realities themselves.”
By giving their tithes, the Israelites were proclaiming that they were giving back to the Lord a portion of that which he had prospered them. Just as God had given his people the food and resources they needed for their existence, by tithing the people were imitating him by giving their God-given food and resources to the slaves, the poor, the sojourners, the orphans, and the widows. Thus, tithing was the means God gave the Israelites to express their love to God for all he had given them and to express their love to their neighbor as God had expressed his love to them.