Malachi 3:10, NIV: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the LORD Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10 is one of the most popular verses in the bible. It is also one of the most controversial verse as the war of words between those who believe in tithing and those who do not believe intensifies. It is believed today by many that “Greedy Men of God” have used this scripture to exploit naive Christians, but it is important for us to understand the rules of giving, a very crucial element in the issue of tithing.
The book of Luke 6:38 says “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” What is clearly stated here is that whenever we give, we shall receive in abundance. There is no place in the bible where we are told that before our giving is accepted by God, it has to reach a designated authority. This argument voids the claims by people that preachers exploit their members by twisting such Bible verses as Malachi 3:10 to their own selfish interest.
It matters not whether your Pastor is embezzling money from the church, as this is between him and God. As for you who have given, your sacrifice is unto God. Whether he asked for it or not, as long as you give unto him, you will receive. Most Christians today have been fooled by the arguments from the so-called knowledgeable people in the world who claim that Pastors prey on innocent members. What these people fail to understand is that God’s way is not our ways. He works in mysterious ways.
Now back to tithing. Most people cite tithing as one of the laws of Moses that were given to the children of Israel. This has made many to argue that we ought not to pay tithe anymore as Christians since we no longer live under the law but grace. They argue that tithing amongst other laws given by Moses has been abolished and so no longer holds grounds in the new testament. However, a quick search in the scripture shows us that this is not true.
“And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all”. The book of Genesis 14:20 tells us that Abraham had paid tithe to Melchizedek after he successfully defeated his enemies in battle. This verse shows that tithing was already around and being practiced long before the days of Moses. This revelation rules put the narrative that tithing is a law that should be thrown out of the church like the other laws.
The rules of giving have remained the same ever since the days of Abraham. When you give, you are bound to receive. Even though there aren’t many references towards tithing in the new testament, we can still find bible verses that support the rules of giving.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
“Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.”
When Abraham paid tithe to Melchizedek, he did so to appreciate God for the victory in battle. Melchizedek, as we are told in the Bible, was a High priest, he was called the king of Salam. In the same way, shall we pay our tithes to God almighty, with our pastors being the priests who receive the tithe. Once the tithe is paid, a seed is sowed. A seed that will bear forth good fruit because God has ordained it to be so.
As earlier mentioned, the priest to whom you pay this tithe to matters not. They may be trying to steal from you, but it wouldn’t matter at all because your sacrifice is between you and God. Consider the story of the children of Eli, the story of Samuel 2:12-17. Eli’s sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were good-for-nothing priests; they had no faith in the Lord. Now, this was how the priests dealt with the people who were offering sacrifices: While the meat was boiling, the priest’s servant would come with a three-pronged fork in his hand. Then he would stick it into the pot, kettle, cauldron, or pan. Whatever the fork brought up from the pot belonged to the priest. This is what the priests did in Shiloh to all the people of Israel who came there to sacrifice.
But in the case of Eli’s sons, even before the people burned the fat, their servants would come and say to the man who was sacrificing, “Give the meat to the priest to roast. He doesn’t want boiled meat from you. He wants it raw.” If the man said to the servant, “First let the fat be burned, then take as much as you want,” the servant would say to him, “Give it to me now, or I’ll take it by force.” The sin of Eli’s sons was a serious matter to the Lord because these men were treating the offerings offered to the Lord with contempt.” This bible verse did not tell us that the actions of Eli’s children affected the sacrifice. However, we are told about how the Lord death with them for their actions.
Whether or not we believe in tithing, whether or not the preacher is a thief, one thing is sure, if you give you are most certainly going to receive. So, the book of Malachi 3:10 is dedicated to blessing Christians as opposed to harnessing profits to “men of God” as posited by antics of the gospel. Malachi 3:10 is the guideline we use today, but you are welcome to give more as you choose.
Was tithing nailed to the cross?
Are we only applying those scriptures that fit our needs today?
What’s your thoughts regarding tithing?
How will we know what Malachi 3:10 really want?
Is it required by God’s law that you pay tithes once you have retired?
If you pay tithes once you have retired, isn’t that like paying tithes twice on the same money?
Have you seen God open the windows of Heaven and pour you out blessings, because of your faithfulness in tithing?