H. What kind of blessing is involved in obedience to the tithing command or alternatively, what curse comes from not paying the tithe commanded by God?
1. With the widespread use of the "gospel of prosperity" by television evangelists and the like, many think God promise in Malachi is greater personal wealth. This is only indirectly so.
2. God's prophet Malachi was speaking for God to His people:
"You have robbed Me, even this whole nation."
"Return to Me and I will return to you."
"Try Me now in this if I will not open the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room to receive it."
"I will rebuke the devourer for you sakes..."
"And all nations will call you blessed for you will be a delighted land."
a. It is a national blessing, not an individual blessing.
b. But isn't our nation doing just fine without the tithe?
Do you think we are blessed by the government that currently rules over us? By a government that views itself as our savior and the answer to all our problems?
Francis Schaeffer told R.C. Sproul our greatest problem is growing statism.