About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Was Robbed - Malachi 3:8
finally come to Malachi 3:8, the verse where God says He’s being
robbed. It’s the key verse
that tithers hang on to in their defense.
There’s no way around it. No
one can talk about tithing without giving an explanation to this verse.
who heard that God was being robbed couldn’t figure out how anyone
could possibly rob God? He’s
God. No one can sneak up on
Him and steal something from Him.
answered their query by saying, “will a man rob God?
But you ask, ‘how do we rob you’?
In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse – the whole
nation of you - because you
are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse … test me in
this ... to see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and
pour out so much blessing that you will not have room for it ."
people weren’t giving their tithes and offerings to God as the Law of
Moses required. This was
robbery, but it wasn’t the most important thing God was being robbed
that “tithes and offerings” are in the plural form.
I’ve already said there was more than one tithe.
I believe the word “offerings” refer to animal sacrifices
made for sin. Tithers view
“offerings” as money given to the church over and above their tithe,
but that’s not the case here.
Was Robbing God?
says, “the Word of the Lord to
agree that God was talking to
Christians believe that all Scripture directed towards
can certainly learn lots from what God told
Was God Being Robbed?
Mal. 1: 2 God says that He loved
crux of this robbery is seen in Mal. 2:10 and following.
all the words that God spoke through Malachi I’ve heard countless
sermons on only two verses. They
are Mal. 2:16 – God hates divorce, and Mal. 3:8 – you rob God by not
giving your tithes and offerings. These
two issues are secondary to
Thoughts On Malachi 3:8
Mal. 2:1 God told
you’re concerned about being cursed because you fall short in your
giving at times, don’t be. Christians
are not and cannot be under any curse associated with the Law of Moses.
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the Law, being made a
curse for us” (Gal. 3:13) While
on the cross Jesus became a curse in our place, taking it away from
human history. The curse
aspect to Mal. 2:1 doesn’t apply to us.
Besides, as we will see later, Jesus was the end of the Law,
(Rom.10:4) something which Gentiles and Christians were never under in
the first place. I’ll talk
about that later.
last point on Mal. 3:8 and that is the storehouse that