ROB (rb) 1. Law To take property from (a person) illegally by using or threatening to use violence or force; commit robbery upon.
8 “Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me.
“But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’
“In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,” says the LORD Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the LORD Almighty.
Wow, what a scary thought. Many of us have read this a thousand times. Probably heard it preached over and over again during our offering times at church. But how many of us have done the word study? Our english word rob has lost it’s meaning in our society. We hardly realize that the true meaning of the word involves words like “threatening” and “violence” or “force”. So, it’s no wonder the church doesn’t see the necessity to tithe! We don’t understand what God is truly saying.
Essentially, what Malachi is saying is that God told him that when we don’t tithe it is akin to us finding God on the street, slamming Him up against the wall, twisting His arm behind His back, with a knife to His throat screaming “Give me Your money!” Any man who would do that, in my book, is a fool!
Studies indicate that only 11 percent of church-going Christians tithe. That’s staggering. That means that 89% of Christians are under a curse.
“You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me.”
We try all we can to justify tithing or the lack thereof. “That’s Old Testament” say some, or “God gets all of my time, He doesn’t need my money too.”
Let’s address the first one, Paul writes,
16 Now about the collection for God’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do. On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made.
This shows me that the Old Testament law of tithing was adopted by the early Church as well. Okay, so he doesn’t say 10%. He says in keeping with your income. I highly doubt that a church that taught in the book of Acts to give everything away and share the profits, would even begin to consider giving LESS than 10%. So you make $100 and you give $10 of it to God. The whole $100 belongs to Him anyway! You are lucky He isn’t asking for 100% of it. In Acts we read,
32All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had. 33With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.34There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.
This is in essence what the Church is trying to do. We talk about world hunger. We talk about going out into the world to preach the gospel. We talk about helping those in need. We talk, we talk, we talk. How much easier does God have to make it? He established a house who’s sole purpose is to provide for those in need. He gave you a home church that already supports missions and orphans and widows. One who has a benevolence fund for those within the church who are in need. All these things are already set up, all you need to do is give 10% to the “charity”. It takes all the leg work out of finding worthy charities. God is a genius is He not?
Ok, so second point, your time. God has it all, why does He need your money?
Does Matthew 6:21 read “Where your time is, there your heart will be also”? No, it reads “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
This is important. God is telling us that our time is not as important to us as our money. For, how important is our time if we don’t have money to do anything? Without money, our time is invaluable. How many things are there to do with your time if you can’t spend money? Try taking a road trip without cash. I’ve done it, it’s boring. It’s no fun if you can’t stop at the cool, weird tourist stops and buy a local bite to eat. What good is your time if you can’t go out and enjoy a nice meal with your wife? Or if you can’t afford to go see a movie or pay for cable or a rental? God isn’t stupid. He knows that money is more valuable than time.
Money makes the world go ’round. Not time. The love of money is the root of all evil. Not the love of time. If time were the most important thing we’d be saying, “God has all my money why does He need my time too?”
If you aren’t tithing then I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that your heart is not fully turned toward God. If we believe the Word to be fact, then factually you are under a curse. You are beating up and spitting on Christ every time you spend the sacred tithe. I can think of very few things that I’d like to hear less in heaven than “You robbed me. Look at my black eyes, those are from you.”