Remember last week we said that the Bible declares that all the world is God’s and that everything in it is owned by God? Since that is true, then all you have is God’s and if God says that you are to return a portion back to Him and you choose not to do it, then that is what God is calling here “robbery!” Not only years prior to this writing did the Jewish nation rebel against God and robbed Him of His tithes and offerings, but also in the days of Malachi, the priests, the leadership and Jews in general, did not give what God required them to give. He called them all robbers and cursed them but just like God, He was willing to give them mercy if they would just obey and start giving what He asked and what was rightly owned by God, in the first place.
With that said, what you and I have is God’s! We first need to admit it and then declare that what we have is owned by God and given to us by Him through His mercy and grace. Since God owns it - our lives, possessions and our finances - let’s give back to Him what He desires us to give.
He wants us to give tithes and offerings to Him through the “storehouse,” which is His, and where we are fed and nurtured. Today it is called the local church where you have become a member and from where you receive your fellowship as part of a community of believers and growth in your Christian life. There is something we must address today that might help us understand this “storehouse.” God does not expect or desire that we take what is God’s for His storehouse and give it to a separate ministry, such as a radio or tv program that is religious. Or to a ministry that does the work of God through different ways all over the world. There are countless ministries of that type but they are not the storehouse. You are to make sure that it is the storehouse that you are giving to. I know that there are many who disagree with me and that is fine, I am just looking to the Word to find my guidance.
Now, if you are not sure what your tithe is or what your offering would be, then ask for help to determine what it is and let’s make sure there is no mistake in your giving. The basic thought is the tithe is 10% of all you receive and then an offering is above that.
Have you robbed God?
Notice in verse 10 that God says that He will bless you abundantly more than you can imagine if you give what God requires. Not only that, if you want to test God on His promise just try and He will show you how faithful His truly is.
Solomon as well as Malachi, says that God will bless you and provide for your needs in abundance when you honor the Lord with your wealth. Proverbs 3:9-10,