The Elements of the Stolen Tithe
by Ronald W Robey

The elements of the tithe mentioned in Malachi 3 are easily explained when one takes into consideration what is written in Luke 16:16.

Luke 16:16 The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

“The Law and the Prophets were until John.”

This means that, when Malachi addressed the stolen tithes, he had to have been speaking of the tithe that the Law demanded. Malachi existed 460 years before Luke 16, and was therefore bound by the Mosaic/Levitic Law just as the rest of Israel was.

That fact established, what was the tithe required by the Mosaic/Levitic Law?

Leviticus 27:30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD.
Leviticus 27:31 And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof.
Leviticus 27:32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD.
Leviticus 27:33 He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.

According to Leviticus 27:30-33, God’s holy tithe was to come from agricultural crops, flocks and herds. Therefore, Malachi could not have been speaking of any other tithe than the agricultural tithe required by Law.

Had Malachi been speaking of anything other than agricultural crops, flocks and herds, he would have been telling Priest’s of the Temple (it was the Priest’s that had stolen the tithe) to transgress the Law. Transgression of the Law is sin, according to John’s epistle.

1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Malachi would not have told anyone to tithe their money. He would not have encouraged the transgression of the Law in order to correct a transgression of the Law.

I trust that the above helps to bring light and truth and clears up any misconceptions that readers may have concerning what tithe Malachi was referring to.