Thieves in the Temple!
by Ronald W Robey
The tithe of the children of Israel belonged to the Levitic tribe,…
Numbers 18:21 And, behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, for their service which they serve, even the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.
When God gave the tithe to the Levitic tribe, it was no longer His. It belonged to them.
If the children of Israel failed to tithe, they were not robbing God of His tithe,… they were robbing the Levitic tribe of their tithe.
Nehemiah 10:38 And the priest the son of Aaron shall be with the Levites, when the Levites take tithes: and the Levites shall bring up the tithe of the tithes unto the house of our God, to the chambers, into the treasure house.
The Levitic tribe were the ones who were responsible for tithing to the House of God, not the children of Israel. The only ones that could rob God in the tithe were the Levitic tribe.
If the Levitic tribe failed to tithe to the House of God, they were robbing God.
If the Levitic tribe removed the tithe from the House of God for any other purpose than that which God had mandated it be used, they were robbing God.
In Malachi 3, the Priest’s had robbed God. They had removed the tithe from that the Levitic tribe had brought to the House of God, and God wanted it returned.
Malachi 2:1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.
Commandment? What commandment? There is no commandment in Malachi 2. It is not until we get to Malachi 3 that we see a commandment,…
Malachi 3:7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
The command is to the Priest’s of the Temple, and it is to “Return” to God.
Return? Return what?
Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
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.
The command in Malachi is for the Priest’s of the Temple to return the tithes that they had removed from the Temple without permission.
The Priest’s had stolen the tithe. In doing so, they also robbed the entire nation of rain from Heaven to water the land. When the Priest’s returned the stolen tithes, God said He would once again send the rain, and the nation would be blessed once again.

The tithe that Malachi was speaking of is the tithe required by 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.

It is not one’s monetary wages that God said were to be tithed.  God said His holy tithe is to come from agricultural crops, flocks and herds.   In Malachi’s days, thieving religious leaders were robbing God.  Today, thieving religious leaders are robbing the children of God.

They are robbing them through the deceptive doctrine that “God requires monetary tithes.”  God does not.  As the Leviticus 27 clearly states, God’s commanded tithe was agricultural, not monetary.