Yea, Hath God Said?
by Ronald W Robey
(written December 01, 2017)
 
Just as the devil used a serpent to twist God’s word in Genesis 3 nearly 6,000 years ago to deceive the first woman, the devil uses preachers today to twist God’s word in Malachi 3 to deceive many.
 
A little more than six thousand years ago, the devil said, “Yea, hath God said, ‘Thou shalt not eat of every tree in the garden’?”
 
Today, the devil says, “Yea, hath God said, ‘Will a man Rob God? Yet, ye have robbed Me’.”
 
The rebuke found in Malachi 3:8 was spoken to corrupt Priests in 430 BC. They had stolen tithes that had been brought to the Temple storehouse by the Levites. (see Nehemiah 10:37-38) Those tithes were agricultural…not monetary. (see Leviticus 27:30-33)
 
Yet, the devil has deceived many people into believing that Malachi is speaking directly to an entirely different people altogether. The devil has many people believing that Malachi is speaking to the Body of Believers in Christ Jesus.
 
God’s adversary, (and ours) uses deceitful preachers to beguile people and bewitch them into turning their eyes and ears away from the truth. These people who believe the deceitful preachers are putting their trust in man, not in God…which is exactly what the devil wants people to do.
 
In Leviticus 27:30-33, God said that the tithe that was to be set apart for Him was to be, “the seed of the land; the fruit of the tree; and, every tenth animal to pass under the rod.” Deuteronomy 14 states that the tithe is to be eaten…to be EATEN. Since God said that God’s commanded tithes are to be eaten, this can only mean that God’s commanded tithes were food….not money.
 
Folks, after reading every verse in the Bible that mentions the elements of the tithe, (there are only fourteen) only the deceived and the deceiver would deny that God’s commanded tithe is agricultural…only a fool would believe that the tithe God commanded in the Bible is money.