An Unmerited Blessing
by Ronald W Robey
(written October 19, 2019)

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 3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

Malachi 3:12 And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

The “tithe” Malachi 3:10 is calling for is agricultural…not monetary; the “house” Malachi is referring to is the Temple in Jerusalem…not a church building; and the “storehouse” Malachi was speaking of was a three-tiered structure attached to the Temple in Jerusalem…not a church bank account.

Giving ten percent of my money to the local church I attend or am a member of is not obedience to the instruction given in Malachi 3:10, so why should I claim the blessing of Malachi 3:10-12 when I have not even obeyed the instruction given in Malachi 3:10? I haven’t earned the blessing. The blessing is for obedience…not disobedience.