A Promise of Rain
by Ronald W Robey
Read Malachi 3:10. As a matter of fact, read the entire Book of Malachi. It is only four chapters, which can be read in minutes. The first few chapters set the background for the third chapter.
In Chapter 1, we find Malachi rebuking the Priests of the Temple in Jerusalem for removing the acceptable offerings from the Temple and replacing them with less acceptable offerings.
In chapter 2, we see Malachi telling the corrupt Priests that he has a command for them. And yet, we do not see a command in chapter 2 at all.
Thus, the previous chapters are the lead-in for the instruction found in Malachi 3:10.
Now, read Genesis 7:11-12 & Genesis 8:2. There is a repeating phrase in all of these verses… “the windows of Heaven.”
Genesis 7:11-12 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
Genesis 7:11-12 reveals that when the windows of Heaven opened, it began to rain upon the Earth.
Genesis 8:2 The fountains also of the deep and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained;
Genesis 8:2 reveals that when the windows of Heaven were closed, the rain stopped falling upon the Earth.
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 promise given in Malachi 3:10 was that if the Priests would return the stolen tithes, God would open the windows of Heaven, not for job security, not for protection from ill health, restoration of broken homes, not for the restoration of broken marriages, etc… One has to work to keep a job…not pay God to keep it. One has to eat right and exercise for the best health…not pay God for it. One has to show love and compassion to keep or restore one’s marriage…not pay God for it. The promise given by God was for rain to fall upon the land of Canaan.
The rain would bring an over-abundance of crops in the gardens and orchards. So large would be the agricultural harvest, that there would not be enough room to hold it all.
God said that if the stolen tithes were returned, He would “rebuke the devourer”. The devourer in Malachi 3:10 is not some enemy causing you to get fired from your job. It is not some demon causing sickness. It is not a demon breaking families and marriages apart. The devourer in Malachi 3:10 is an insect that has the potential to destroy the agricultural crops.
God said that if the stolen tithes were returned, He would not let the fruit fall prematurely from the vine. This again is speaking of that which grows in gardens, squash, pumpkins, grapes, etc…anything that grows from the ground on a vine. It has nothing to do with protecting women from having miscarriages.
The promise of Malachi was that if the Priests would return the tithes that they had stolen, God would send rain from Heaven…rain would cause the fruits and vegetables in Canaan to grow to the point that other nations would recognize that God’s hand was upon the children of Israel and that God had blessed Canaan greatly for their sake.