Where Are The Blessings?
(Why Aren’t You Cursed?)
by Ronald W Robey
(written June 15, 2014)
Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
According to many pastors, the promise of Malachi 3:10 is for physical, emotional and, financial health for the family. They also claim it is for things like automotive protection, job security, and from any attacks attempted by the devil.
If the promise made by God in Malachi 3:10 is for all these things that many pastors claim, then Malachi 3:10 should open the eyes of all Christians. In that verse, God states that if the tithes are brought into the storehouse, He will open the windows of Heaven and pour out an abundant blessing.
Malachi 3:10, and its promise, must be addressed. God made a promise that He would pour out a blessing upon those who bring the tithes into the storehouse. He did not say He might pour out a blessing, He said He will pour out a blessing.
Is not God faithful to His promises? Over and over in Scripture we find that He cannot lie and that He is faithful in keeping His promises. This raises a serious question that the preacher who tells his congregation that they are to tithe their money needs to address…
…If God is faithful, (and we know He is) why are so many struggling to survive after tithing their hard-earned money?
Now, some preachers might claim, “If you were not mishandling the 90% you have left, you would have enough money to last til the end of the month!” True, but that does not answer the question. These pastors claim that God promised physical, emotional and, financial health for the family. They also claim it is for things like automotive protection, job security, and from any attacks attempted by the devil on the one who tithed. So, even if the 90% were spent wisely, there is still the promise of the blessing for tithing.
The promised blessing has absolutely nothing to do with the 90% that the one tithing has after giving 10% of his money to the Church… if indeed God required man to tithe his money, and if indeed the promised blessing from God is what many pastors claim it to be.
The fact that many do not receive the promised blessing after giving 10% of their paychecks to the Church proves that the physical, emotional and, financial health for the family….automotive protection, job security, and from any attacks attempted by the devil pastors claim God made in Malachi 3:10 were not made by God at all. If it were, God would be true to the promise He made and He would bless in abundance over and above what the tither already has, over and above the 90% the one tithing kept for his own needs.
People who tithed would not be getting sick, having family problems, losing jobs, having automotive problems, etc. at all.
Of course, there is also the inconsistency in the claim by some that we are under a curse because we don’t tithe while they themselves are blessed beyond measure because they do tithe. The truth is, if they are “blessed beyond measure” it is not because they tithe. That is easily proved with the two preceding verses in Malachi that says the whole nation is cursed because the tithe was not brought into the storehouse.
If the whole nation was cursed because some were not tithing, then it stands to reason that if Malachi 3:8-10 applied to the Church, then all would be cursed today because some are not tithing. We can only conclude that those that are allegedly “blessed beyond measure” are blessed, not because they tithe, but simply because…
…God wanted to bless them.
One might argue, “Oh, but you just said that if we tithed, God would bless in abundance and now you say He doesn’t bless in abundance for tithing? Well, He would bless in abundance for tithing if Malachi 3:10 applied to the Church. But it does not.
Malachi 3:7 states that tithing was an ordinance. It was an ordinance that was given to the children of Israel according to Leviticus 27:34. It was given to no other nation, tribe, or tongue. Tithing was an ordinance, but not for us.
Further, according to God’s tithe ordinance, the congregation is not to take their tithes to the House of God. They are to give their tithes to bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi. The Levite, in turn, is to take a tithe of the tithe to the House of God. The tithe of the tithe represents the entire crop.
If only God’s people could grasp the truths about the tithe, they would not be submitting themselves to the monetary tithe requirement doctirne…a doctrine that is not of God, but of man.