Preach the Word
(not Opinion)
by Ronald W Robey
 
Malachi was a prophet who lived under the Law of Moses, (see Luke 16:16) and as such, could only have been speaking of the tithe that the Law of Moses required, when he said, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse” (see Malachi 3:10)
 
Even Malachi 3:7 gives an indication that Malachi is speaking of the tithe required by Law, when it says, “Ye have gone from mine Ordinances…Return unto Me, saith the LORD”.
 
Malachi would not tell the Priests of Israel that they were to return to the Ordinances of God, and then turn around and tell them to bring a tithe that was not written in the Ordinances of God. He would be defeating the purpose of the rebuke he had delivered to them completely had he told them to do something totally opposite of what the Law demanded.
 
And so, we must look into the Law to see exactly what it says concerning the tithes that were to be brought to the storehouse.
 
1. God said His tithe is to be agricultural; it is the seed of the land, the fruit of the tree, and every tenth animal from the flocks and herds to pass under the rod. (see Leviticus 27:30-33)
 
2. God said His tithe is to come solely from the land of Canaan; it was not to be observed until crossing the river Jordan, entering the land of Canaan to live there, and finding rest from all enemies. (see Deuteronomy 12:10-11)
 
3. God said that His tithe was to be given to specific people in the farming communities in Jerusalem; God’s tithe was to be given to the Levitic line of descendants of the biblical patriarch Jacob, who was then known as Israel. (see Numbers 18:21-26; Nehemiah 10:37-38)
 
4. God said that the Leviitc line of descendants of the biblical patriarch Jacob were to take a tithe of the tithe to the Temple storehouse in the city of Jerusalem. (see Numbers 18:21-26; Nehemiah 10:37-38)
 
***It must be noted that the children of Israel were not to approach the Tabernacle (subsequently, the Temple) with their tithes. The tithes were to be given to the Levites in the farming communities, and not in the Tabernacle/Temple.***
 
Per the regulations of the Mosaic Law that governed the observance of God’s tithe, we can know most assuredly that Malachi could only have been speaking of an agricultural tithe in Malachi 3:10. Therefore, it is nothing short of error to teach that Malachi is saying that man must tithe his monetary wages to the House of God.
 
Given the Scriptures that tell us what God required to be tithed, it is great error to teach that any verse that mentions tithes from Leviticus 27:30-Hebrews 7:8 is speaking of a monetary tithe requirement.
 
If you are a Pastor who teaches your congregation out of ignorance that Malachi is speaking of a monetary tithe requirement…STOP!!! If you are a Pastor who teaches your congregation out of deception that Malachi 3:10 is speaking of a monetary tithe requirement…STOP!!! You have a Bible, and are supposed to be preaching the truth written therein.
 
You have NO AUTHORITY to teach or preach contrary to what is written in God’s word. You are commissioned (if you were truly called by God) to preach His word…not your opinion.

Psalm 119:89 LAMED. For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.

 
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2 Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.