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Summary: Looking at the command to tithe from a different perspective

Are you tempted to tithe?

Malachi 3:8-12

Because of

1. Riches vs10

Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure,

pressed down, and shaken together, and running over,

shall men give into your bosom. For with the same

measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to

you again.

2 Cor 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also

sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also

bountifully. 7 Every man according as he purposeth in his

heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for

God loveth a cheerful giver.

Someone has said “It is not what you’d do with a million, if riches

should e’er be your lot, but what are you doing at present,

with the dollar and a quarter you’ve got.”

Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there heart be also.

James 5:1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries

that shall come upon you. 2 Your riches are corrupted, and

your garments are motheaten.

2. Rewards vs 11 &12

Prov 3:9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the

firstfruits of all thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled

with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Ps 49:6 They that trust in their wealth, and boast themselves in the

multitude of their riches; 7 None of them can by any means

redeem his brother, nor give to God a ransom for him: 8

(For the redemption of their soul is precious, and it ceaseth

for ever:)

Luke 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of

covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance

of the things which he possesseth.

3. Recognition

Matt 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of

them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in

heaven. 2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound

a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues

and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say

unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms,

let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4 That

thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in

secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God,

I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners,

unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. 12 I fast twice

in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the

publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his

eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be

merciful to me a sinner. 14 I tell you, this man went down to

his house justified rather than the other: for every one that

exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth

himself shall be exalted.

4. Reassurance

Mt. 23: 23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye

pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have

omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment,

mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not

to leave the other undone.

Jesus said, you were right to have tithed, but you also should have

done these other things…tithing is a basic foundation, but

there’s much more to add to that…and tithing is not an excuse

for unholy living. You can’t buy God off…but notice, He does

commend them for being obedient in the tithe. [also, tithing is

not “serving God” in total…a good start, but not enough!]

Adrian Rogers: “a faith that hasn’t reached your wallet, probably

hasn’t reached your heart.”

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Mark 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you,

There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or

father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake,

and the gospel's, 30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now

in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers,

and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to

come eternal life.

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