Written on February 2nd, 2005 - 4:19PM Last Updated: August 22nd, 2005 - 7:08PM
God is no respecter of persons (1 Peter 1:17). Let us see what He has promised for those who obey Him in the area of tithing. We know that tithing was first come to full light in the Law of the Old Covenant. We also know that all the promises of God are "yes" and "amen" through the Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20)! Thus, if we believe in Christ, trusting in Him, we can lay hold of the same promises given to physical Israel—this is because believing Gentiles have been grafted into the Olive Tree of Christ, along with the native Israelites who remain believing in Christ (Romans 11:24).
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house, and test me now in this," says Yahweh of Armies, "if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough for. (Malachi 3:10)
The "whole tithe" is requested by God to be brought into His house. Not part of the tenth, not a fifthteenth, not a "tip" (as one pastor has pointed out some Christians do!), but the whole and entire tithe—a tenth of everything we have gained. The reason stated for this is so that there is food in His House.
The Temple was the center-piece of Israel's economy, in addition to being the spiritual center. With no food, money, goods, etc., in the House, the priests had nothing else to live on. With no priests, there was no sacrifice and covering for sin!
I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast its fruit before its time in the field," says Yahweh of Armies. (Malachi 3:11)
Our Father Yahweh goes on to promise that He will rebuke the one who devours the fruits of Israel's ground. This, literally, referred to the locusts and every other devouring creature which spoiled their crops.
Spiritually, we know that it is the Devil who comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10), and thus see that when we disobey God, we allow Satan to affect our lives and "the fruit of our fields." However, if we yield to God, through faith in His Son, by tithing unto Him, we are promised protection from this thief! It is our choice (Deuteronomy 30:19)!
Therefore, tithe to God through your pastor, trusting that God will do as He has promised, and watch the blessings begin to rain from heaven! I and many others witness of His faithfulness: He will indeed open the windows of heaven upon you, if you will obey in faith!
As you read this site, you will hopefully come to know Yahweh more fully.
But all of this continuing knowledge is useless unless and until you come into union with Him. I use the word union because it is truly a marriage. It is that deep connection we all seek, for which we most often look in other people. However, the truth is that our hearts will only be fulfilled when we enter that union in fullness with the One Who made us.
This is the grace of God, that He has not stayed distant for us only to worship as Creator. But He has come unto us, even become one of us—in His Son, ChristJesus—in order to share an intimate union with us. He desires such closeness that it truly will envelope our entire life, transforming us into something new and wonderful.
You may have already entered this union with Him and only seek to know Him better through reading here. But if you have not, as you do read, let this Gospel sink into your heart as you read it now.
God loves you, and has cast your sins into the sea. He has sent His only Son as the Savior of the world—that includes you.
That Son, JesusChrist, was born as a man through a virgin who had given her life to Yahweh; He lived without sin, reflected the glory of His Father, God, in all His words and deeds, and was persecuted even unto death because of it.
His death upon a cross was the powerful explosion that separated you from your life of death. It remains for you, now, to enter into that death with Him. As you die to the one you are now, a person separated from God from your many sins, you will be born anew, with a nature predisposed to live rightly. This gift is free to you, with nothing you can do to earn it. It is the mercy of God to offer it to you, as He loves you so much! All you must do is receive it by trusting Him to have delivered you. Simply place your life in His hands and embrace the freedom that came through that death on the cross.
The Gospel is that Jesus did not remain dead, but rose again on the third day after His crucifixion! Death could not hold Him, as He was without sin. And so death will not be able to hold you, as you identify with Him fully through your trust in Him. Let go of yourself and confess Him as Lord of your life. The power of His death and resurrection will work in you all that your Creator has destined for you. You will truly enter a new life and experience that intimate union you have been seeking all of your life.
So ponder these words as you read here of this great God—Yahweh—and all that He has revealed to His creation. Let His Spirit testify to your heart that these words are true, that God is Love, and that He sent His Son so that you might receive the life that is unbound by time and space. As you feel that witness in your heart, simply believe and receive what He is offering to you, even now, and begin your new life as a child of God.
Please write to me and let me know when you take this step, as I will be your brother in Christ—we will be one in Him!
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7From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my ordinances, and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you," says Yahweh of Armies. "But you say, 'How shall we return?' 8Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me! But you say, 'How have we robbed you?' In tithes and offerings. 9You are cursed with the curse; for you rob me, even this whole nation. (Malachi 3:7-9)