Test Me in This Says the Lord

lie detector testAfter a phone conversation with a commenter on this blog, i have realized that think it’s time to dissect Malachi 3:10.
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.

Misconception #1:  Malachi 3:10 Is the Tithing Test

If you read Malachi 3:10 correctly, there is no tithe challenge. Tithing had already been commanded and God was not trying to encourage or challenge the Israelites to do what He already expected them to do. He was not trying to pander to their ego either by making this some sort of thrilling dare. If you understand the passage correctly it reads – “Test Me, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven”.  Because God stated, “Test Me“, He was placing himself under scrutiny, not tithing. But, once again, our humanism has defaulted to making our good works as the focus in this passage  instead of God’s works.

Misconception #2: God was Allowing Israel to Tempt Himself

Of course most of our minds flash back to Matthew 4:7 when Jesus said, “It is written again, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’” Malachi 3:10 was not a once-in-a-lifetime, free pass to tempt God. Most of us  are deceived into believing that tithing is the only time in the bible God is allowing us to tempt him. The truth is, God’s promises are put to the test every day. Relying on any of God’s promises is a test, not a temptation.

Misconception #3: The Church is the Storehouse

Most of us should understand why this is a misconception. Nontheless, i will try to make it easy for you to understand. If a storehouse stores something, what exactly is the Church storing? Maybe. . . just maybe . . . the church isn’t a storehouse. Maybe . . . just maybe . . . Jesus tried to answer this question in Matthew 6:20 when he said, “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven“. Another question you could ask yourself is where does your church store it’s offerings? I would venture to say that it’s where most people store their money – in a bank. There is no correlation between a storehouse and the Church anywhere in scripture.

Misconception #4: Having Food in God’s House Means Having the Word of God

Yes, there are many verses that describe God’s word as water, honey, meat, and bread; but in this instance God literally wanted  ‘food’ in the storehouse. The storehouse was not a place where God’s Word was read. It was a silo not a place of worship. There needed to be real food in the temple storehouse because of the physical needs of the priests and the poor. Since it was the priests and the poor who actually ate the meat in God’s house, is it fair to say that pastors and the poor are the only ones who get to hear the word of God today?

Jared Bartholomew is the author of www.tithing.com. There are over 300 articles written on research and reviews about tithing information.

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6 comments on “Test Me in This Says the Lord
  1. N Munatsi says:

    Those misconceptions are the ones by which people are being overburdened,against which the apostles resolved in Acts 15:1-20.

    Thank you .I agree with you 100%.

    May God Bless you.

  2. A Curious Soul says:

    To challenge misconception #1, you are focusing on the statement “Try Me…” am I right?

    The passage does say “Try Me…” but that isn’t all. The complete statement is “Try me now in this.” The preposition “…In this” must have been pertaining to what the previous phrase stated “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse that there may be food in my house” which is presumably about man’s act in tithing. So this, still presumably, must mean that God is putting both himself and man’s act of tithing in scrutiny, and thus reassuring man that tithing will lead to God’s blessing.

    This, sir, is only a challenge, not a disagreement. I am speaking presumably based on what is written in the said passage, making my opinions imperfect. Hence, my opinions are open for correction, but with satisfying implications and explanations of course. Why? because I am a curious soul.

     

  3. Tim says:

    what happens when u can’t keep tithing anymore due to life’s cost and a growing family, but you were faithful in tithing and giving, but don’t can’t go on anymore because you find it is an unsustainable practise due to the demands But there seems to be no increase or income to ensure your giving is sustained???

    • Ave says:

      That’s where Faith in God comes in my friend. My wife and I found ourselves in that same situation. And at one point in time found it difficult to give, due to the same circumstances of life. But if you remain faithful in giving, he promises that he will never leave nor forsake, and that he is our great provider. You are not alone, and let me just encourage you my family, extended family are living testimonies that if you keep giving he will provide, no matter how dire your financial situation is.

    • Craig says:

      regardless of what you or I think the scripture means God does bless us for tithing, it is a fact that when you give to Him he gives back in increase , I have experienced this both in personal finance and business , the best time to give is when you don’t have it to give because your giving more regardless the amount . tithing is key to success , when times get hard for me I know I’m not giving enough. we can’t out give God , if your still struggling and have been tithing it may be because your doubting , faith is what its all about you must believe when you give that He will provide for you , if your giving and then questioning whether you should or have regret your robbing yourself of his blessings.
      give till it hurts and trust Him with all and you will prevail.

      • Craig,
        You think God blesses you on tithing because you are human. You only experience the physical: what you can see and what you can touch. if your statement was true then God should bless a tither who only tithes to get rich; or God should bless a reluctant, non-cheerful tither just because he cut a check, or that God should bless a billionaire because he gave his chump change each year.

        God blesses people on the amount of faith, not on a percentage of physical currency that comes out of a wallet. Even though i am against the enforcement of tithing, this is why i’ve stated multiple times that God can bless a tither and a non-tither because he judges by a spiritual scale, not a physical one.

        Yes. i believe God dishonors the enforcement of tithing; but because of His grace, He can overlook this distracting behavior, and judge us with perfect justice. Even though a tither is practicing the wrong doctrine, it’s great that God can still bless a faithful giver. God can see past our facade and peer into the part that truly matters.

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