November 2018


Community Encouragement
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 12, 2018)
 
Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
 
The assembling together was never for the sole purpose of the congregation hearing a pastor preach a sermon each week and then everyone going home until the next assembling together. The assembling together was for the purpose of BELIEVERS exhorting (rallying; encouraging) one another in the things of God..
 
This is not to say that the Spirit of God can’t move someone to deliver a sermon…He certainly can. However, according to Hebrews 10:25 the intent for assembling together is for community participation in the practice of encouraging one another.
An Expository Teaching on Malachi 3:6-10
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 09, 2018)
 
Malachi 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.
 
Notice in verse six it does not say, “ye Christians”. It says, “ye sons of Jacob.” Not once in the word of God are Gentile Believers called “sons of Jacob”. So Malachi is not speaking to Gentile Believers, but rather he is speaking to actual bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Jacob.
 
Let’s go on…
 
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?
 
In verse seven, Malachi tells the sons of Jacob that they had departed from God’s ordinances and that they were to return. Knowing what God’s ordinance concerning tithes is will help you to understand verses eight through ten.
 
God’s ordinance of tithing is found in Leviticus 27:30-33. There, we learn that God required a tenth part of the agricultural crops of the land of Canaan and every tenth animal from the flocks and herds to pass under the shepherds counting rod. These were the tithes God required. He never said money is to be tithed in His tithe ordinance.
 
Commands written in the tithe ordinance are:
 
1. The tithe of the land is to be given to a bloodline descendant of the biblical patriarch Levi. (not to a Nigerian pastor) Numbers 18:21-26.
 
2. The tithe is not to be observed until entering the land f Canaan to live there as citizens of that land. Deuteronomy 12:1,10-11.
 
3. The congregation is not to take the tithe to the Levites at the House of God, but is to keep it in their farming community and the Levite is to travel to that farming community to receive the tithes there. Numbers 18:21-23; Nehemiah 10:37-38.
 
4. An Aaronic Priest must be present with the Levite at the time the Levite receives the tithe from the congregation in the farming communities. Numbers 18:21-23; Nehemiah 10:37-38.
 
5. The Levite is to hand a tithe of the tithe to the Aaronic Priest so that the Aaronic Priest can lift it before God as a representation of the entire agricultural harvest of Canaan. Numbers 18:27-28.
 
6. The Levite is then to take that tithe of the tithe that was lifted before God to the House of God. Numbers 18:21-23; Nehemiah 10:37-38.
 
7. A second tithe is to be eaten in Jerusalem annually by the members of the congregation who were farmers and herders. Deuteronomy 14:22-26.
 
8. A third tithe is to be given to bloodline descendants of the biblical patriarch Levi, to widows, to orphans, and to foreigners every third year. Deuteronomy 14:27-29; 26:12
 
This is the summation of all the commandments that were written in God’s tithe ordinance. Malachi 3;7 has God speaking through His servant Malachi, telling specific sons of Jacob to return to that ordinance and the commands written in it. I say “specific” sons of Jacob because, as written in God’s tithe ordinance, (which the sons of Jacob are to return to) the congregation cannot be the intended audience of Malachi 3:6-10.
 
Remember…the congregation is not to tithe to the House of God. God would not tell them to return to His ordinance of tithing and then turn around and instruct them to transgress the ordinance by ignoring the instruction that they are not to approach the House of God with the tithe.
 
The “sons of Jacob” that God was referring to were the priestly Aaronic bloodline. This is proven to be true when we look at Malachi 2:1, where Malachi tells the Priests that he has a commandment for them. Yet, if you search the entire second chapter, no commandment is found therein.
 
The commandment is in Malachi 3:7. That commandment is, “Return” to God’s ordinances.
 
Let’s continue…
 
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.
 
In verse eight, the Aaronic Priests are asked, “Will a man rob God?” They are then told that they had robbed God. When they ask how they had robbed God, Malachi tells them that they had robbed Him in tithes and offerings.
 
Malachi 3:9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
 
The Priests had stolen God’s tithe and brought a curse upon the land of Israel. (formerly called Canaan) The Priest’s act of removing God’s tithe from the storehouse had not only robbed God, but it also robbed the entire nation of God’s provision and God’s protection. God had closed the windows of Heaven so that no rain could water the crops in the fields. God also allowed the locusts to do damage to what little crops were growing.
 
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 tithes Malachi was speaking of were the tithes required by Law…agricultural tithes. Malachi was not speaking of a monetary tithe requirement, as God never commanded a tithe of the monetary income of the congregation. Returning the stolen agricultural tithes to the storehouse would move God to open the windows of Heaven so that rain would once again fall on the land of Israel to water the gardens. Verse eleven goes on to say that God would also rebuke the devourer. (the locust) for the sake of Israel.
 
Therefore, it is no less than a lie for pastors to teach their congregations that Malachi is instruction for church members to give a tenth of their money to the House of God..

Obey His Commandments?
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 07, 2018)

John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

For those who teach that John 14:15 means we are to obey God’s tithe commandment…

The tithe commandments…

1. Tithes are to be agricultural. Lev. 27:30-33
2. Congregation is not to tithe to the House of God. Num. 18:21-23
3. Only Levites are to tithe to the House of God. Num. 18:21-23; Neh 10:37-38
4. Eat a tithe in Jerusalem every year. Deut. 14:22-26
5. Give a tithe to the poor in Israel every third year. Deut. 14:27-28; 26:12
6. Only a tithe of the tithe went into the Temple Storehouse…not the tithe itself. Neh. 10:37-38
7. An Aaronic Priest must be present at the time tithes are given. Num. 18:24-28; Neh. 10:37-38

Malachi was speaking to the Priests of Israel. They had stolen God’s tithe and God wanted it back. We know God was not speaking to the congregation, as 3:7 says to return to the ordinances. The ordinances said that the children of Israel aka the congregation was not to approach the House of God with their tithes. Num. 18:21-23. God would not tell the children of Israel to return to the ordinances and then tell them to transgress the ordinances by telling them to “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse…”

The only storehouse God ever said His tithe was to be put in was in Jerusalem. Deut. 12:10-11; 2 Chr. 6:5-6. It was destroyed in AD 70 and God never instructed anyone to rebuild it.

The reason? God no longer dwells in buildings made with hands. Acts 7:48; 17:24 We are the Temple of God now. 1 Cor. 3:16

Conclusion:

The doctrine of a monetary tithe requirement is totally foreign to the word of God and should not be preached. Jesus said those who teach for doctrine the commandments of men worship Him in vain. Matt. 15:9; Mark 7:7

The Letter Killeth
by Ronald W Robey
(written March 16, 2018)

Of late, many in the camp of thought that God requires us to tithe our monetary wages, have argued that we should not be teaching what the Old Testament says concerning tithing. Their reasoning?

“The letter killeth, but the Spirit bringeth life.”

Apparently, to teach the Bible as it is written, is to them…living under the letter…which means spiritual death.

Preaching what the Bible says concerning God’s holy tithe does not mean one is living under the jurisdiction of the Law. It simply reveals that one knows what God said His holy tithe was to consist of; who was required to tithe; who was authorized to receive the tithe; where and when the tithe was to be observed.

The letter killeth.

2 Corinthians 3:7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

According to 2 Corinthians 3, the Law of Moses was a “ministration of death.”

Now, if it is wrong to teach the truth as it is written in the Old Testament, why in the world would the Apostle Paul tell the young Evangelist Timothy:

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

and

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

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;

One of the things Scripture is to be used for is “correction”. It is impossible to use the Scripture for correction, if one is dismissing what the Scriptures say. And yet…dismiss the Scripture is exactly what these teachers are telling you to do when they tell you that, “the letter killeth.”

They do not want sound doctrine. They turn their ears (and hearts) away from the truth. They would rather hear a minister who teaches contrary to what the word of Truth says.

The Law is indeed a “ministration of death”. It shows man his lost state. However, it also points to Christ.

Galatians 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Since the only place tithes are commanded in the Bible are under the jurisdiction of the Mosaic Law, to submit to the biblical command to tithe today is to place oneself under the jurisdiction of the Law, and subsequently under the ministration of death.

To place oneself under the jurisdiction of the Law is to commit spiritual suicide. For, when one is in the House of the Law, one is rejecting Christ.

Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.

Galatians 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.

The Faithful Steward
by Ronald W Robey
(written November 01, 2017)

1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

The etymology of the word “steward reveals that the word is from the Old English stiward, stigweard “house guardian, housekeeper,” from stig “hall, pen for cattle, part of a house” (see sty (n.1)) + weard “guard” (from Proto-Germanic *wardaz “guard,” from PIE root *wer- (3) “perceive, watch out for”).

Which is the more faithful steward?

a) The man who commits to giving ten percent of his employment wages to the local religious institution he attends before meeting his family’s physical needs

b) The man who commits to meeting his family’s physical needs before giving any money to the local religious institution he attends

The Staff of the religious institution are exhorted to be “faithful stewards” over that Office that they have been appointed to.

The man who is only a member of the congregation has a greater responsibility to be a faithful steward at home.

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