A Close Inspection of Malachi’s Command
by Ronald W Robey
(written March 5, 2018)

Malachi 3:7-10 (KJV) 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? 8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. 9 Ye [are] cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, [even] this whole nation. 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 above passage is often used by Pastors and laymen alike, as ‘proof-text’ for imposing a monetary tithe requirement upon members of their religious institution. However, a diligent study of the Book of Malachi will reveal that the passage is not telling Pastors to teach monetary tithing. Nor is it saying that we are required to tithe our money to the religious institution we attend or are members of.

First, let us address who Malachi was speaking to. Then we will address what tithe Malachi was speaking of.

Malachi 2:1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.

Malachi 2:4 And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

The above two verses are two verses that no monetary tithe-teaching pastor, preacher or teacher wants to address.

The commandment referenced in the above two verses is not found in Malachi 2…the commandment is found in Malachi 3. That commandment…

1. was for the Priests of Israel.
2. was sent to the Priests of Israel by God.
3. was to show a covenant between God and the tribe of Levi in the nation of Israel.

In other words, this commandment to tithe to the storehouse in Malachi 3:10 had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the New Covenant Body of Believers in Christ Jesus….it was for the Levitic tribe in Israel.

Now that we have established the Scriptural fact that the message of Malachi 3:7-10 was for the Levitic tribe in Israel, let us search for the elements of the tithe Malachi said to bring into the storehouse.

Luke 16:16 (KJV)  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 was given to the children of Israel as they were wandering in the wilderness. Deuteronomy 6:1-3 reveals that the Law was to be observed once they entered into the land of Canaan. The Law was still in effect when John the Baptist preached a baptism unto repentance.

Therefore, the only tithe Malachi could have been speaking of is the tithe required by Law…an agricultural tithe.

Notice…

Leviticus 27:30-33 (KJV) 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. 31 And if a man will at all redeem [ought] of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth [part] thereof. 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. 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.

Had Malachi told anyone to tithe money, he would have been telling them to transgress the Law.

Malachi 3:7-10 is not about tithing money at all!

Is there a command written to the New Testament that tells the Body of Christian Believers that they are to tithe at all? Absolutely not!

The New Testament Believer is told to choose for himself what he will give. The Believer is reminded that sowing sparingly will bring a sparse harvest, while sowing bountifully will bring a bountiful harvest. But God does not impose upon us any mandate for a certain percentage of our money to be given as tithe or offering. We are to choose what we will give out of our love for Him.

2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.