Impossible Task
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 29, 2018)
 
There are two reasons that it is impossible today to fulfill the tithe command in Malachi 3:10.
 
1. You cannot fulfill the tithe command because God was not speaking to New Covenant Believers in Malachi 3:10…He was speaking to the Priests of Israel. We can know this for two reasons…
 
a) Malachi 2:1 says that God was speaking to the Priests of Israel.
 
Malachi 2:1 And now, O ye priests, this commandment is for you.
 
There is no command found in chapter 2. The command God has for the Priests of Israel are found in chapter 3.
 
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?
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.
 
God’s command is to return to His ordinances. Specifically…His ordinances concerning His tithes. God wanted His tithes to be brought to the storehouse.
 
b) The ordinances of tithing decreed that the congregation was forbidden to approach the structure that housed the Holy of Holies.
 
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.
Numbers 18:22 Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die.
Numbers 18:23 But the Levites shall do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they shall bear their iniquity: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, that among the children of Israel they have no inheritance.
 
Nehemiah 10:37 And that we should bring the firstfruits of our dough, and our offerings, and the fruit of all manner of trees, of wine and of oil, unto the priests, to the chambers of the house of our God; and the tithes of our ground unto the Levites, that the same Levites might have the tithes in all the cities of our tillage.
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 children of Israel, aka the congregation, were forbidden to take their tithes to the House of God. They instead were to give their tithes to the Levite in the farming communities. The Levite, in turn, was to take a tithe of the tithe to the House of God in Jerusalem.
 
That’s right…
 
Only 10% of the congregations tithe went to the House of God…10% of 10%. And it was to be carried there by the Levites…not the congregation.
 
Back to Malachi…
 
God was calling for a return to His ordinances. He would not have told the congregation to return to His ordinances in verse 7…
 
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?
 
…and then told them to transgress the ordinance of tithing in verse 10…
 
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.
 
Malachi was speaking of returning to the ordinances of tithing, which required tithes to be brought to the House of God, not by the congregation, but by the Levites. The Levitic Priests of Israel had removed the tithes that were brought to the storehouse by other Levites, and God wanted those tithes returned.
 
2. You cannot fulfill the tithe command in Malachi 3:10 because the storehouse God was speaking of was the storehouse in Jerusalem.
 
Deuteronomy 12:10 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the LORD your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;
Deuteronomy 12:11 Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:
 
2 Chronicles 6:5 Since the day that I brought forth my people out of the land of Egypt I chose no city among all the tribes of Israel to build an house in, that my name might be there; neither chose I any man to be a ruler over my people Israel:
2 Chronicles 6:6 But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.
 
That storehouse was destroyed in AD 70 when General Titus and his armies invaded and destroyed Jerusalem.
 
God never commanded that man construct a new storehouse for His tithe.