8. “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say,‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings.9 You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation.
Grace and peace be unto you my brothers and sisters,
Will a man rob God? This may sound like a rhetoric question but take some time to consider it, will a man rob God or even better have you and I robbed God? When I first surrendered my life to the Lord my very first pastor would quote this scripture religiously at offering time. At first, I used to think that this scripture was used to manipulate the congregation to give money. Because I was a babe in Christ, my money was one of the hardest things to surrender to God. I used to say that this scripture was used during the law and now we are under grace and that the only requirement now is free will offering. However; I have found out that I was only partially right, the scripture was written under the law, and we are under grace and we are required to give freely, for example:6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:6-7). Therefore, we are under grace and required to give as it is purposed in our heart, not grudgingly or out of necessity. However; tithes and offering is a spiritual law which can be trace back even in the garden of Eden when there was no law and God told Adam and Eve that they could eat of all the trees in the garden except one which was the tree of good and evil. This is a type and shadow of the tithe. All bible scholars understand that the tithe belongs to God and thus the tree in the middle of the garden belonged to God ( a spiritual tithe). Even the 10 commandments are under the law but they are not to be ignored but to be fulfilled which has occurred in Jesus Christ. Just as tithes and offering is a spiritual law and was given not as a means for salvation but for the purpose of financing the Kingdom of God and blessing the people of the Kingdom financially. Look at verse 10,"Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,”Says the Lord of hosts,“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven, And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. As I stated prior, tithes and offering is not a means of salvation but it is a means in which God finances His Kingdom and also a means in which God blesses his children financially in responds to our faithfulness in our giving. The question is will a man rob God? The answer is yes, but not only are you robbing God you are robbing your self and your family of financial resources that are needed. The scripture declares you are curse with a curse, this simply means that you have a curse on your fiances not that you are going to hell but because you refused to give tithes and offerings you will not prosper financially. The bible teaches Jesus became a curse for us and curse is every man that hangs on a tree therefore; we are save because of Jesus however; we will experience financial lack because our disobedient in our giving. Will a man rob God?..... Why?
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