X0619...........Jesus Says NO Storehouse
Mal 3:10 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.
this verse, taken out of context from the Old testament, is often used to say that Christians need to give 1/10th of their income to the church. the church being the "storehouse" for money.
If we understand the context of the old testament, and what Israel was doing in these instructions from God, we would understand that this is speaking of bringing grain and meat into a storehouse, so that the sin offerings may be carried on. the context of the book of Malachi is a message to israel that they are not making correct sin offerings. The animals they are bringing in are not the correct ones as the law required. In the old covenant, Israel needed to make constant offerings--payments--for their sin (since of course they did not have the blood of Jesus!). God is telling them they will be blessed if they do these offerings, since they will be spiritually clean in His eyes, and fulfill their covenant with Him.
this is NOT a teaching on money at all, but rather instructions on how to have your sin forgiven (of Israel--in the times of the old covenant--before jesus came and made His offerings--which is "better than the blood of bulls and goats --"Heb 10:4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins."
But, for the sake of argument, let us assume that this Is a teaching on money. Let us assume, (as the tithe-preaching church believes) this is a teaching on money, and how we should work it in the church. It is taught then, that we as Christina ought to have a "storehouse"--we ought to be collecting money as an important part of church operation. Well for centuries, the organized church has put a large emphasis on collecting money. The catholic church of the dark ages is the origination point for the Christian "tithe". The church for hundreds of years was place where taxes and money was collected from the common people.
Do this: Look up "storehouse" in your concordance to the King James Bible. You should get these 2 results:
Mal 3:10 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.
Lu 12:24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
the first is the verse in Malachi, that tithe-teaching church goers are so familiar with. The other, is something that Jesus said.
In Luke chapter 12, Jesus is teaching on money. And in the context of His teaching, He emphasizes that we believers should not put money first. We should not "lay up treasure" in the earth. Specifically, we should not have a storehouse. We should not store money for ourselves, rather we should give to the poor, and minister the Gospel to those in need, and believe that God will supply all we need.
He never mentions "tithe".
He never describes a "church-building" as the storehouse.
It is sad that most of what Jesus teaches here is relegated to "poetry" by many Christians. We make His teaching into "feelings" instead of function.
the fact is that money should not be a concern for believers--we should trust God, and utilize what He has given us for the Gospel in the most direct and purposeful way that He might lead us.
Money is something not to worry about, and not to "store".