Why should we tithe? Because we are jealous for God’s work. If you look again at Malachi 3:10 God says: “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.” There is no other place in the Bible where we are told to test God.
- T. Kendall says: “The Bible makes no attempt to prove God. It only begins: ‘In the beginning God’ (Genesis 1:1). There is an aspect of theology called apologetics. It deals with the defense of the Christian faith and of the Bible. Many great theologians were basically apologists, like Thomas Aquinas. He spent years developing the various proofs of God, as the ‘cosmological’ proof of God. He reasoned that you could prove God from nature. Some theologians have made other efforts. Anselm developed what is called the ‘ontological’ proof of God, that one conceives in one’s mind a being ‘than which no greater can be conceived’ – namely, God.” (R. T. Kendall Tithing)
Malachi gives us apologetics at its finest. Do you want to prove God? Honor Him with your substance. A. W. Pink said: “I tell you, my friends, my soul is overwhelmed by the amazing condescension of the Most High to place Himself in such a position. God allows Himself to be placed on trial by us, and tithing is a process of proof. Tithing is means whereby we can demonstrate in the material realm the existence of God and the fact of His governorship over all temporary affairs.”
God could simply rebuke us for not tithing to Him but instead He promises a blessing for our obedience. What follows tithing? Many erroneously believe that if I give to God He will monetarily give back to me. That is not necessarily what God is saying. He has promised to provide for us. In Malachi 3:11 God says: “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your grounds, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field, says the Lord of hosts.” What was true in Malachi’s day would probably be something else today. It might be for example sales to the salesman, business for the businessman, an unexpected raise or the absence of trouble. Malachi wants us to truly believe with what He has entrusted to us He will take care of us and provide for us.
Proverbs 11:25 says: “The generous soul will be made rich and he who waters will be watered himself.” In how many places in the Bible has God promised to care for us? In 2 Corinthians 9:6 Paul says: “But this I say: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” James 4:8 says: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you…” However most of all we tithe because we love God and want to bless Him for how He has richly blessed us.
See you Sunday.