That is why Jesus said, "These ought ye to have done [speaking of tithing], and not to leave the other undone. What amazing promise does God make about tithing? Malachi Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, Test Me, and see if I won't return to you a blessing too vast for you to receive. You cannot out-give God! God tells His people to bring all of the tithe into the storehouse. What does that mean? Nehemiah The Bible margin equates "treasuries" with "storehouses". In Malachi , God refers to the storehouse as "mine house," which means His church, or temple.
Other texts that refer to the storehouse as the temple, or temple treasury, are 1 Chronicles see margin ; 2 Chronicles , 12 see margin ; and Nehemiah , So it is obvious that the storehouse is God's church treasury. When we tithe, who really receives our money? Colossians Hebrews And here men that die receive tithes; but there he [Jesus] receiveth them. It belongs to Him. We need not worry about how the tithe is used if we give it to God. He is big enough to take care of His own money and to properly handle anyone who may be irresponsible in managing His funds. In addition to my tithe, which belongs to God, what else does He ask of His people?
Psalms Malachi Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? How much should we give as offerings? Each person decides how much to give for freewill offerings, as God impresses. What test did Adam and Eve fail that we must pass if we expect to inherit God's kingdom?
Genesis They were not to eat of that tree or even touch it, else they would die. God did not put an electric fence around the tree.
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Rather, He kept it where they could reach out and take the fruit. And they did, because they did not trust God. Today, God gives us all the same test. He says, "You can keep all the money that comes to you, except one tenth. That money is Mine. Don't take it. But when we do, we repeat the sin of Adam and Eve. God did not need the fruit of the special tree. It was a test of their loyalty. Neither does He need our tithe. He owns everything! It is a test of our love, loyalty, and trust What commandment are we breaking when we refuse to return tithes and offerings to God?
Exodus In tithes and offerings. It is bad enough when men steal from one another, but it is a terrifying thought that people would dare to steal from God! It is also hard to believe that people would stoop so low as to steal money that God has designated for spreading the gospel to the lost. What does God say will happen to those who knowingly rob Him of tithe and offerings? Why is covetousness so dangerous? Luke If my focus is on accumulating more and more money, my heart becomes covetous, grasping, and proud.
But if my focus is on advancing God's work, my heart becomes caring, loving, liberal, and humble. Our hearts inevitably follow our treasure. We must never forget that it was Judas' greed and love for money that led him to betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver Matthew It's amazing how many times God draws a parallel between heaven and blessing and money.
Maybe it shows us where our hearts are. Remember, the love of money is the root of all evil 1 Tim. People think if they tithe they are going to get blessed.
I know people who tithe who are not blessed. Do you know why? Because they tithe by the law. Someone might say, "Well tithing is by the law. God did it with Abraham before the law. It's by faith. Someone else might argue that there is no tithing in the New Testament. Jesus didn't excuse the tithe, but He did have strong words to say to the teachers of the law and the Pharisees who were tithing without mercy, faithfulness, and justice.
For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone" Matt. A reason some faithful givers don't receive blessings is because they are stingy about it. They tithe 10 percent-and that's it. Tithes alone don't open the windows of heaven-tithes and offerings do. The tithe breaks up the ground so that the rest of the seed offerings can bring forth fruit. The Word says in Malachi that when you bring your tithes and offerings into the storehouse, God will open the windows of heaven.
Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, 'In what way have we robbed You? You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "If 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.
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In Deuteronomy the Lord called His storehouse "the heavens. God said, "I am going to open up the windows of heaven to pour out blessings. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. In the second chapter of Acts, God opened the heavens and poured out His Spirit; three thousand souls were saved, the church emerged, and immediately people sold their land and houses and laid their offerings at the apostles' feet. Generosity and extravagant giving were released.
Do you believe that God is your Provider? Would you like to operate in the heavenly system so that you are not affected by the economy? I would much rather bank through a heavenly ATM. If I want my money to be in that heavenly system, I have to put my money where that system is.
Get the Word into your heart, mind, and soul daily. Become a modern-day Brother Lawrence. You will find powerful insights into living a life of daily intimacy with God in a nineteen-page compilation known as, "The Practice of the Presence of God: Conversations and Letters of Brother Lawrence. When this seventeenth-century monk discovered how to wait on the Lord in quietness and stillness, suddenly he found his life had changed. He experienced an open heaven and became intensely aware of the presence of God all of the time.
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His experience was similar to mine; I came to know a profound peace and God felt so close. Brother Lawrence practiced what is sometimes known today as the "silent prayer of the heart" or "meditation and contemplation. People often ask me: Why did God pick Albany, Oregon, for the tremendous outpouring of healings and miracles you were involved in?
What was it about that small church of three hundred people? In this case the, "windows of heaven" is also a reference to a supernatural act of God, and not ordinary rain. As in Malachi 3 it probably does not even refer to rain at all but is repeated a second time to identify the man who said it. Since we look through the Earth's atmosphere to see the planets and stars, it can be considered "windows of heaven," and the opening of this window could be a reference to the the Fountains of the great deep erupting with such force that it literally punches a whole through the atmosphere.
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However, since both times where the windows of heaven are referred to outside the context of the Flood, it is used to refer to a supernatural act of God.