x450.......Why The storehouse?
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)
These verses in the bible are often taught in our churches. Taken out
of context they seem to say that not paying tithe, is "robing God".
are often presumed to mean that the church--your "local assembly" is the "storehouse" referred to here in these verses.
1. These verse are specific to Israel.
2. If we read this in context with the rest of the book of Malaachi (and we strongly suggest that you read all of the book of Malaachi, in the context in which God set it!)--we find that in the previous chapter, the prophet of the Lord says that it is the priests which are corrupt. God says that He is not accepting offerings at the altar because they have corrupted the altar. It is the priests--the Levites-- which have robbed God--and He says then, not bring the tithe unto the temple, but put it in the storehouse---there He will honor it. (THE HONORING OF TITHE WAS CRITICAL FOR ISRAEL. THE TITHE WAS THE OFFERING FOR SIN--THE ONLY WAY FOR ISRAEL TO HAVE THEIR SIN FORGIVEN. WE IN THE NEW COVENANT DO NOT OFFER SACRIFICES OF GRAINAND CATTLE--SINCE WE HAVE REDEMPTION BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS)
3. Israel was going through a time of famine also in the natural. God was telling them to save food so that they would not starve. We have no real connection to carry this command of God into the New Testament.
4. The tithe was, and always will be, the offering for sin. It was the way that Israel had it's sin forgiven. The blood of the tithe was shed on the altar--the bread was made from the grain and offered to God.
Jesus called Himself bread and meat. He shed His blood as the one-time offering for sin--once for all humanity. His offering was and is greater than any tithe offering. The priest lived off the tithe. The Levites, ate the offering after the blood was shed and it was offered in the prescribed manner. Jesus in the New covenant invited all to sit at the table, and eat of Him--as meat and bread--and to drink His blood--of forgiveness. He made the way for all to be saved--forgiven completely. His invitation for all to eat Him as meat and bread is an invitation to all to live out a priesthood--to minister--to serve God.
The book of Hebrews speaking specifically about the New Covenant explains that the Levitical priesthood is no more--
8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them,
of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. 9 And as I may so say, Levi
also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. 10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him. 11 If
therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another
priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? 12 For the priesthood being changed,
there is made of necessity a change also of the law. 13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no
man gave attendance at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning
priesthood. 15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, 16 Who is made,
not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. 17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after
the order of Melchisedec. 18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and
unprofitableness thereof. (Hebrews 7:8-18, KJV).
The high priesthood which Jesus has is greater than any other--greater than the Levitcal priesthood. The Levitical priesthood is specifically done away with in the new covenant--there is a change in the law. If we continue to read in the book of Hebrews we will see that this discussion leads to the conclusion that there is also no more need for the offering for sin (the tithe)....
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering
thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me: 6 In
burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13 From henceforth expecting till his
enemies be made his footstool. 14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. (Hebrews 10:5-18, KJV).
In the new covenant, Spirit-lead giving to "the saints" (to
any member of the body which has need) replaces the tithe. The church in
the NT did not pay tithe nor build the church by the tithe. They would
see no reason to. They understood fully what Jesus meant when He offered
Himself for all sin--when He offered Himself as the lamb--the meat--the
bread and the blood.