STOREHOUSE/REBUKE THE DEVOURER/SHALL A MAN ROB GOD?
1. Is it in the Bible?
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein
have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:8-11)
2. What do we believe it means?
The local church building is the Christian's "storehouse". If the Christian will be obedient and pay the tithe to the church, they will store up blessings and provision for their times of need, and rebuke Satan.
3. What does it really mean?
This teaching is part of the old covenant typology that operates in many churches. The book of Malachi is selectively quoted, taken out of it's scriptural context, and laid upon Christians a law of God. If we simply read the complete book of Malachi, we would understand the literal and spiritual truths of this book (the book of Malchi is only 4 chapters long--SIT DOWN AND READ IT ALL!!--IF YOU DARE!).
The priests of Israel were being disobedient to God (interesting ot note that disobedience in human government and authority is a repetitive pattern in the old covenant) in that they were offering blind and lame animals to God..
8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 1:8)
This is the tithe which is referred to in chapter 3. the priests were not fulfilling the requirements of the law by offering these animals--and so they were "robbing God" (another phrase, often taken out of context and used to harangue Christians who are not "tithing"-!)
God, speaking thru the prophet, promises blessings to Israel if they will make correct offerings.....
"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse...."
Why does God say there is this blessing if Israel pays the tithe?
Because by making correct offering--their sin would be cleansed.
Israel, in the old covenant, quite obviously did not have the blood of Jesus Christ as it's sin offering. But God honored their ongoing offerings of animals and grain by forgiving their sin and so putting them in the position to be blessed and prospered by God. He accepted the blood of animals, in fact, as a "type" of the blood of Jesus. (The "typology" should work the other way around--Israel's actions as a prophecy of the work Christ would accomplish!)
this then is the significance of the Book of Malachi to the Christian. It is a profound prophetic book which proves out Christ's ministry of deliverance as the Jewish Messiah.
The blood of Jesus Christ forgives our sin--rebukes the devil, and leaves us in the position in which God can "pour out blessings" upon us.
The "storehouse" in the old covenant was the temple in Jerusalem. The Christian's storehouse is the temple of God in Heaven, where Christ makes continual offerings of his precious blood. Blood which is "better that the blood of bulls and goats" ((()))
A far greater offering, prophesied by Malachi in his book.