Robbing God?

You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

Malachi 3:9-10 ESV

How much does God want us to give?

Do we rob God by not tithing?

Are we still required to give a 10% tithe of our income?  Are we robbing God if we don’t?

I believe that paying the tithe is no longer required.  

We do not live in Old Testament times and there is no more tribe of Levi to support.

We live under the rule of King Jesus and he calls us to serve him, not just with 10% of our money, but all our money.

In the Old Testament, one out of every seven days was holy to the Lord; under Jesus, every day is holy to the Lord.

In the Old Testament, one of the twelve tribes of Israel was set apart to be in God’s service; under Jesus, all God’s people are in God’s service.

The Old Testament was a shadow of the reality that came in Jesus.

In the New Testament, we find no command or instruction to pay the tithe.

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Investing with the real long-term view

Many people in our country are feeling quite anxious at the moment.  Racism, greed, corruption and violent crime seem out of control.

What would you say South Africa needs most of all right now?

Is it a better education system; fairer distribution of economic resources; more understanding between cultural groupings; an end to all corruption; more practical love and care between the rich and poor; or the apprehension of criminals?

I dare say that all these things are sorely needed.

But what we need most of all is the gospel of Jesus.  Because only the gospel can save and transform people – for this world and the world to come.

Once people are saved and transformed by Jesus, one will see the good things, listed above, happening more and more.

If we believe this, then our priority should be gospel ministry.  Our extra time, energy and income should be invested in the gospel – helping people find eternal life.

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