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Malachi 3:8-11

CAN A MAN ROB GOD?

Dec. 11, 1966


IF I FAIL TO TEACH YOU THE TRUTH ABOUT SALVATION I CAN CHEAT YOU OUT OF YOUR SOUL!

IF I FAIL TO TEACH YOU THE TRUTH ABOUT TITHING I CAN CHEAT YOU OUT OF YOUR FORTUNE!

The people of Malachi's day fell under the deep curse of God, and God punished them. Many people today - even Christians - find themselves under the same punishment - same reason.  The matter of Tithing can be to you a Blessing or a Curse - YOU DETERMINE WHICH!

GOD ASKED *WILL A MAN ROB GOD?*  Mal 3:8

God's prophet speaks for God in accusing the people of one of the most startling crimes.

MALACHI SPEAKS THE WORD OF GOD AGAINST GOD'S PEOPLE DECLARING GREAT SINS AGAINST GOD

They doubted God's Love (Mal. 1:2) and they married the daughters of strange gods-(2:11) They despised God's Name (1:6) and polluted his altar (1:7) worse than Alexander with a pig. They broke their covenant (2:8) then mocked God by demanding all of His blessings anyhow.

THE PEOPLE HAD TURNED THEIR BACKS TO GOD, AND WENT THEIR OWN LUSTFUL WAY

How often have we heard "Render unto Caesar" - (Matt. 22:15) and the rest left out - "Unto God".  They lived their own lives, for their own pleasures and desires, ignoring God's will & law.  But then they complained that God did not serve them better- they were FALSE PROMISE CLAIMERS!

THEY TRIED TO CHANGE GOD'S LAWS AND RULES TO SUIT THEMSELVES

"All right in Solomon's day but we are different" - (3:6) God said "I change not."  God said - the Tithe belongs in the storehouse- not in one's own pocket, or to a relative.  I Cor. 16:2 & Mal. 3:10 uses the same word "storehouse" and "Mine house" makes it very plain.  The only thing Jesus commended the Pharisees for was Tithing (Matt. 23:23).

THE PEOPLE ASKED "WHEREIN HAVE WE ROBBED THEE?"  Mal. 3:8b  AND GOD ANSWERED "IN THE TITHES AND OFFERINGS" Mal. 3:8c

GOD CLAIMS THE TENTH AS HIS OWN  Lev. 27:30-33

The Tithe means a 10th - or 10%, and it is the Lord's, to be given to the Lord.  Abraham tithed- 422 years before the Law (Gen. 14:20), and Jacob- 269 years before (Gen. 28:22).  This 10% belongs to God by Creation- It is sort of like rent- you don't give it- you pay it!

GOD ALSO CLAIMS A 1ST FRUITS OFFERING  (Exod. 23:19)

The word "First Fruits" in the Hebrew means 1/60th - or 1-2/3% of the first produce of ground or of animal.  This was a "Thank You" offering brought to God's house as soon as produced or born.  An animal could be redeemed- by adding 20% 5th part and cost plus 20% given to the Lord (Lev.27:26-29).

GOD CLAIMS A SPECIAL # 3RD YEAR TITHE AS A SPECIAL OFFERING (Deut. 14:28-9)

This 3-1/3% was to be given to the levite, stranger, fatherless, widow - kept for them.  This is the almsgiving (Matt. 6:1-4), not for books, school, relatives - unless destitute!  All of these tithes, 1st fruits, and alms comes to 15% of the increase-salary-net profit.  And occasionally God might ask for a real sacrifice- like Acts 4:34-35.

 THE REAL QUESTION IS "CAN A MAN ROB GOD?"

A man might rob the bank and get away with it, but can a man rob God without paying it all back?

IF A MAN TRIES TO ROB GOD, HE SENDS HIS COLLECTION ARMY TO SETTLE THE ACCOUNT!

Under Mosaic Law, a man was to obey, or be punished by his peers- (Num. 15:32) stoned.  Later when men failed God sent out other collectors- (Joel 1:4, 2:25)- YOU CAN'T ROB GOD - He Collects.  Even at best- without God a person earns wages to put it in a bag with holes (Hag. 1:6)

IF A MAN HONORS GOD, GOD WILL HONOR THE MAN  AND SEND HIS MINISTERING ANGELS

When we do our part- God will even restore what He has taken from us before- (Joel 2:25) (Mal. 3:10) promises blessings & many testify of it- Founders of Ball Fruit Jars, Quaker Oats, Colgate Soap, Kellogg's Cereal, Mentholatum. Best motive- Love, Jesus said lay up treasures in heaven- (Matt. 6:19-20)

GOD SAYS "RETURN UNTO ME, AND I WILL RETURN UNTO YOU." (Mal. 3:7)

OT or NT, the principles are ageless- II Cor. 8:2-5 Give your own self to the Lord!  (II Cor. 8 & 9) many great truths - God loves a cheerful giver!  Subjection to Christ! Galatians says we are free from the law- but (Gal. 6:7-9) the law gives us a starting place.

There are many messed up Christians today - and this is one of the main reasons.  WILL YOU LOVE THE LORD ENOUGH TO DO HIS COMMANDMENTS IN THIS AREA?  Some have tithed because it is commanded of God - found it works, then were saved- Are you?  Some have sent tremendous treasures ahead- and have rewards laid up in heaven- Do you?  Some churches are blessed by its people doing God's business His way- Will yours be so?

You still have time enough to catch up for this year so you can be honest on your 1966 income tax return-