God makes a Christian useful beyond his ability, his planning, and his knowledge. Bring ye the whole of the tenth Into the house, the treasury, And let the prey be in my house. Yet ye have robbed me. For if they should be put to live upon the free contribution of the people, they would certainly have a miserable hard living of it. A great many people go on the assumption that religion can enable them to dispense with the common principles of success. "Commentary on Malachi 3:10". Some of them expostulated with him, and, as his wont was, he took the question to the Lord in prayer. How many thousands in this land (saith he) stand obnoxious in a high degree to the judgments of God for this sin of sacrilege, which is the bane of our people and blemish of our Church! i. Open you . Wesley's Notes for Malachi 3:10. That he will deal so familiarly with us (who are no better than so many walking dunghills) as to bid us prove him what he will do for us, this deserves acknowledgment and admiration in the highest degree. Yet ye have robbed Me.” This accusation was a startling one. See how good He has been! When we give God back the tithe that is His to begin with, He blesses us abundantly spiritually and physically. 3. Bring food to my house. Some holy men have so over abounded exceedingly with joy, that they have been forced to cry out, Hold, Lord, stay thine hand, &c, their spirits were even ready to expire with an exuberance of spiritual ravishment; as the Church in the Canticles was sick of love, and therefore calls to the ministers, Song of Solomon 2:5, to stay her from sinking and swooning, to bolster her up, being surprised with a love qualm; as the Queen of Sheba, rapt with admiration, had no more spirit in her; as Jacob’s heart fainted when he heard the good news of Joseph alive. How they are upheld, and why they fall here and now, we know not, but wonder at it, as God’s handiwork. “Begin by being honest. And yet how unwilling comes even a little to the most painfull minister! I am born again, not because I have obeyed, but that I may obey. “And pour you out, literally empty out to you,” give to them fully, holding back nothing. Heaven is full of beauty. You may, too, in many ways, prevent or procure blessings for others. Malachi 3:10 Giving to God Strengthens Our Faith; The Promise, Purpose, Place, and Day for Tithing; Malachi 3:10 Prove God through Giving; Malachi 3:10 God Multiplies What You Give Him; THOMAS WATSON. “And all nations shall call you blessed (Malachi 3:12). It may be said, “I am not limited to a tenth, but, like Zaccheus, I may give half, or, like the apostles, all.” So much the better. The seraphic Fletcher had to cry out, “Lord, stay Thy hand.” This blessing means--. 2. KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. Some men will never lose less until they give more. So Burkius. "See if I will not open the windows of heaven and pour out for you blessing without measure. Really? The inhabitants never say, “I am sick.” Man’s moral health on earth is from the heavenly influences that descend upon him. In like manner our obedience has nothing whatever to do with the provision made for our redemption. God invites his people to test him by bringing the full tithe to the temple, and then observing the overwhelming blessings he will bring. Malachi 3:10-16 New International Version (NIV). He asks it. The statement does not require proof, since experience has stamped it already as an axiom. 2. Although God has thus connected blessedness with obedience, and with the observance of His ordinances, the people of God have often neglected them,—neglected institutions founded for their benefit and neglected Divine precepts and prohibitions. 4. There is no objection to the rule. The first blessing that will come will be one of prayer. The whole is greater than any of its parts and even all its parts. The incomplete descriptions that are given sometimes ravish us. He at length declares that they profited nothing by contending with God, but that a better way was open to them, that is, to return into favor with him. (translation: Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)) God says, “Ye are not your own: ye are bought with a price,” and yet they withhold themselves from Him. This is somewhat like that other passage, Psalms 34:8 "O taste and see that the Lord is good," &c., or that, "Come, and let us reason together." 4. The Christian church, however, is different in that we have no central sanctuary, as Israel did, nor does the church have a national homeland. Malachi 3:8 - Will a man rob God? Those promises are still in effect, but they apply in literal terms only to those under that … What does Malachi 3:1 mean? What does Malachi 3:10 mean? (translation: Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)) They were indeed “robbing God” by refusing to pay tithes AND by their offerings. And when you offer the lame and the sick, Is it not evil? 1871-8. Sense of uselessness in purpose. But sin brings its own punishment. God wants it. And then comes the most remarkable thing. "Commentary on Malachi 3:10". 1859. all = the whole; implying that a part had been withheld. III. How easy it would be for God thus to pour down His blessing upon us till there be not room enough to receive it. What a wonderful goodness was this! Whilst they remained true it never failed. 6. If I will not often you the windows of heaven] Vulgate: the cataracts, or floodgates, or spouts of heaven; meaning the clouds, those bottles of rain, which God here promiseth to shower down abundantly, tanta copia, impetu, et fragore, ut ruere potius quam fluere videatur (Corn. ; for there were places in the temple where the tithe was put, and from thence distributed to the priests and Levites, for the support of their families, as they wanted. It was some large and stately chamber, for we find that Eliashib had befriended Tobiah, letting him have it for an apartment to dwell in, Nehemiah 13:5-7, &c. That there may be meat in mine house, for the priests and Levites to live upon; that they flee not, as many had done, from the service of God in the temple, to take care of their country affairs, and by their industry provide maintenance for themselves and theirs, Nehemiah 13:10. I examine eachverse, one by one, in four versions of the Old Testament. If he look at all out of himself, to see but what the angels do, he doth therein abase himself. To the store-house — This was one or more large rooms, built on purpose for this use. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Malachi 2:17 records Israel's arrogant and hypocritical question thrown at God: "Where is the God of justice?" and storehouses. Tithes meant at least three things. The same principle ran through their worship. 'All that I am He made me and all that I have He gave me' is a principle that Christians can freely adopt. Crouse.). So should their barns be filled with plenty, and their presses burst out with new wine, Proverbs 3:9-10 "The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself," Proverbs 11:25. 2. Read full chapter (Hosea 2:22.). The land was His, and so its first-fruits, whether of corn, fruit, or cattle, had to be redeemed by an offering to Him. If I will not open the windows of heaven] Then never believe me more. The just demand which God makes--Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house.” In the preceding verse you will notice that God complains of robbery from two sources, i.e., tithes and offerings. The promise, which lay at the foundation of Israel’s national existence, included the recognition of it as ‘a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people,’ and Malachi looks forward to that day as the epoch when God will show by His acts how precious the righteous are in His sight. Malachi 3:10: A Divine Complaint and a Divine Invitation: D. Thomas : Malachi 3:7-12: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. ', "the first tithe I gave to the Levites, who stand before the Lord to minister to him, and to bless in his name the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the second tithe I sold (as he might, according to the law in Deuteronomy 14:24), and took the money, and went up to Jerusalem, and bought with it what I pleased; and the third tithe I gave to the repair of the temple;'. 2. To him would come the purpose of his life, if in South Africa he might see the British flag waving over a free and united empire. Baldwin Brown, which dealt chiefly with the stewardship of wealth. Melancthon comes after him and complains in the year 1550, Principes favebant Luthero: sed iam iterum videtis ingratitudinem mundi erga ministros, &c.: The princes did at first favour Luther; but now ye see again the unkindness of the world to the ministers of the word. Windows are for the exclusion of noxious vapours and reptiles. Men may enter, but not their sins. If then I am the Father, Where is My honor? John Trapp Complete Commentary. Hence in this demand God speaks of tithes only. But others give this version, “Beyond the measure of sufficiency.” The word די, di, means properly sufficiency, or what is needful, as by inverting the letters it יד, id (258) With regard to the general meaning there is but little difference. With out the spiritual the literal could not be offered in a right spirit. He will ultimately be to you what you persist in being to Him. therefore we will wait upon thee: for thou hast made all these things," Jeremiah 14:22. 113. 1. Deu 28:11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground , in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee. I am not going to contend that every man who becomes a Christian will become a millionaire; I am not convinced that being a millionaire is a sure indication of prosperity. It is objected, that every man is to give “as he purposeth in his heart, and as the Lord hath prospered him,” and this is a virtual repeal of the tithe. because according to the order fixed by God, they seek as it were to break forth; for when the bowels of the earth are closed, neither the corn nor the vine can come forth, and then they in vain call on the earth. “Honour the Lord with thy substance and with the first-fruits of all thine increase: so shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine” (Proverbs 3:9-10). He manifests His love to their hearts. DD. Malachi 4:5,6 is a later addition, ... "The identification does not mean that John is Elijah come back to earth according to some principle of reincarnation. They had been sufficiently proved guilty of rapacity in withholding the tenths and the oblations; as then the sacrilege was well known, the Prophet now passes judgement, as they say, according to what is usually done when the criminal is condemned, and the cause is decided, so that he who has been defrauded recovers his right. Yes. We have already stated, that it has been recorded for our sake, that the Jews offered bread, and victims, and things of this kind, and that they feasted at Jerusalem in the presence of God: for what is more desirable than that God should dwell in the midst of us? Though the immediate and special subject of the text plainly is literal tithes and other external offerings, these offerings, however costly, behoved to be accompanied with such offerings are are spiritual, in order to acceptance with God. Suppose it took five minutes to pay a visit to a home. A wonderful thing surely, that out of the midst of water God fetcheth fire, and hard stones out of the midst of thin vapours. Ver. And if I am a Master, Where is My reverence? “Ye offer,” said Jehovah, “polluted bread upon Mine altar.” “The table of the Lord is contemptible” (Malachi 1:7). .—This rendering gives the correct meaning of the words (Compare an expression of similar import in Zechariah 10:10.) Surely we may well say of it, as Chrysostom doth of the happiness of heaven, Sermo non valet exprimere: experimento opus est; we can never sufficiently praise it, but must take the counsel he gives us, and prove it, "Prove me," &c. There is an unlawful and damnable proving or rather provoking of God, when men separate the means from the end, holiness from happiness, will needs live as they list, and yet presume they shall be saved by the unknown mercies of God. Sanhedrin, fol. If you would bring all the tithes, your time will not be exempted. This seems to have been left between God and the consciences of individuals. “’Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.’” Malachi 3:10 - Dalhin ninyo ang buong ikasangpung bahagi sa kamalig, upang magkaroon ng pagkain sa aking bahay, at subukin ninyo ako ngayon sa bagay na ito, sabi ng Panginoon ng mga hukbo, kung hindi ko bubuksan sa inyo ang mga dungawan sa langit, at ihuhulog ko sa inyo ang isang pagpapala, na walang sapat na silid na kalalagyan. Malachi 3:10. Why I said you are not telling the truth is that your entire life means you have been tithing since the day you were born into this sinful world. "Commentary on Malachi 3:10". We belong to God, yet we can, and do, let Him down in many ways. ‘Ah,’ she said, ‘when day by day I looked to God for my bread, I had enough to spare; now I have to look to my ample income, and I am all the time haunted with the fear of losing it, and coming to want. With regard to the supply of our temporal wants. There is a close conection between what a man gives and what he gets. Of song? And now you’re under a curse—the whole lot of you—because you’re robbing me. Will you give me a sign?” In the year 1852 he devised the first illustrated programme for a public funeral that had ever appeared in London--that of the Duke of Wellington. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,.... Or "treasury"F5אל בית האוצר "thesaurum", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "vel in domum thesauri", Pagninus, Montanus, Cocceius, Burkius. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Malachi 3:10". BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. How attractive would such a people be. Tithes were only a part of the contributions of their worldly substance which the Israelites were required to devote to the service of God; and as a leading part, they seem to be employed in the text as a part for the whole. Isaiah 7:12-13. The windows of heaven — A kind of proverbial speech, to express great abundance. Let us then follow what I have stated as the first — that a blessing is drawn out from God when the earth discharges its office, and becomes fertile or fruitful. God’s storehouse. Yet ye have robbed Me.”. Then suddenly, the Lord you are looking for will come to his temple.#:1 temple Or “palace.” Yes, the "Commentary on Malachi 3:10". animals for sacrifice. Some go so far as to say that it is wrong for Christians to give to the Lord in ways that bypass the local church, for example, giving directly to a missionary. If we were to comply with the conditions God has here named, how easy it would be for Him to fill this house. They are limitless in their sense of need. etc.) That is — “Let what you rob me of, the prey, or plunder, be in my house.” The word is טרף, properly prey, or plunder, and so rendered by the Septuagint, “ διαρπαγὴ —plunder.” It was the Targum that gave a wrong meaning to the word, which most have followed. 1599-1645. storehouse — (2 Chronicles 31:11, Margin; compare 1 Chronicles 26:20; Nehemiah 10:38; Nehemiah 13:5, Nehemiah 13:12). Godliness is profitable to the life that now is, as well as to that which is to come. The atmosphere of heaven is pure. Malachi 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. Used by Permission. Prayer is the lever. The custom was adopted by Divine direction in the Levitical dispensation, and was enforced by Divine commandments. ”. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/malachi-3.html. and this is often repeated in the law. It is the fire that warms the frigid soul. We may trace the connection of obedience with our salvation. use Malachi 3:10 to teach “storehouse tithing.” One Baptist commentator says, “So-called storehouse tithing does have a sound basis in this verse.” The idea is that the church is the storehouse where you are supposed to give ten percent of your income. That faithful and proportionate giving will be rewarded with abundant temporal prosperity. 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. He puts His finger upon the plague spot, and says, That is where you are wrong.” The cupboard of your life may be shut to others, and looks like some fair adornment on the wall. So also now God deals with the Jews. The obedience of the children of Israel had nothing whatever to do with their election. Ultra sufficiens (Montan.). God’s covenant was despised (Malachi 1:6). 2. Sense of bereavement. That can never be. One thing which has special influence in drawing down the curse of God on the worldly interests of individuals or a people is the withholding of a due measure of literal offerings from God. Her pastor called her attention to the surprising and ominous change. He is so high, that he is said to humble himself to behold things done in heaven, Psalms 113:6. Methinks, that as Malachi looked upon the life of his countrymen he saw only a ruin which shadowed forth its former beauty and greatness. The merchants forgot their merchandise as they discussed it in the bazaars. III. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". "Commentary on Malachi 3:10". Notice again verse 3:10, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be MEAT in mine house.” (caps emphasis mine). You can read of this in Acts 4:31-35; 1 Corinthians 9:1-14; and 2 Corinthians 9:1-11. Malachi 3:1 spoke of two messengers to come - one to prepare the way of the LORD, and one to be the Messenger of the covenant. Sense of sin. After a time he found himself giving away more money than many of his friends who had much greater incomes. 2. Bring ye all the tithes — Make a punctual and full payment of all tithes: and in this instance make good your solemn engagement with Nehemiah, mentioned Nehemiah 10:29. A blessing — First of rain to water the earth, next a blessing of corn, wine and oil, and all other products of the earth. “If you will obey, I will supply all your needs; if not, I will continue your dearth.” By whatever laws God orders the material creation, He gave them a test, of the completion of which they themselves could judge, of which they themselves must have judged. Divine love and courage made Malachi a patriotic saint, and led him boldly to attack the evils of the sinful nation in which he lived. Part of the purpose of His refining is to restore the worship of His people to something worth accepting (Malachi 1:11). The question asked by Malachi is meant to be an expression of shock and disgust. Men are robbing God in like manner to-day. The connection which God has ordained between obedience and blessedness cannot be severed. Such offerings would never have been accepted by a human ruler, and yet they expected the Lord to accept them! This is the first thing. For more info visit: http://www.gracebiblechurchct.org 6. The storehouse for your substance may be found in the homes of the widow, and the orphan, and the poor, and the destitute. Bring ye — Make a punctual and full payment of all tithes; about this did Nehemiah contend with the rulers, and made them comply, and then all Judah obeyed and did the like, Nehemiah 13:10-13. Yet you say, ‘In what way have we despised Your name?’ You offer defiled food on My altar, But say, ‘In what way have we defiled You?’ By saying, ‘The table of the LORD is contemptible.’ And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, Is it not evil? Mal 3:8 You people are robbing me, your God. 1. "Commentary on Malachi 3:10". He shall be a sweet and seasonable shower to himself and others. With regard to answers to prayer. Barney Barnato was a millionaire, and at last he jumped into the sea to cool his brain! I am publishing this programme; it may succeed, it may fail. Second, this passage teaches that the Jews were to give a tithe as part of the temple worship, but it does not teach that Christians are to give to churches. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. That which commands the highest price in the market to-day is efficiency and trustworthiness. Malachi 3:6 The God You Can Depend On; MALACHI 4. Justice and judgment were perverted. Alimur ergo, &c. We are maintained then, as I said, of the spoils of Egypt; and yet that little that we have is preyed upon by the magistrates; for the parishes and schools are so spoiled and peeled, as if they meant to starve us all. While … After they have fully gorged themselves with the parsonage grains they can find means, either by unconscionable leases or compositions, to pick the vicarage bones, &c. Thus he, and much more to the like purpose. Our awaking to the knowledge that we have not all that God has promised, should be immediately followed by searchings of heart. Says the LORD of hosts to you priests who despise My name. But this is not true. If to the tithes there are added these offerings, then a very modest calculation shows that every pious Jew must have given about one-seventh of his entire income to the Lord.

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