“Bring the full tenth into the storehouse so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this way,” says the LORD of Hosts. “See if I will not open the flood gates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure.”
The tenth mentioned here is the tithe. God instructed His people to bring a tenth of their produce – that with which He had blessed them – into the storehouse of worship so His priests and Levites would be fed. This same storehouse was to care for widows, orphans, and foreigners. Those who served the LORD and those who were in need were to be supported from the tithes of the people.
When the people of Israel neglected the tithe, the priests and Levites were forced to find other avenues of work and could not devote full time to the ministry. The care of widows, orphans, and foreigners was neglected. By not taking care of those God commanded, the people robbed God. In turn, God allowed the devourer to come and consume their crops. By neglecting the tithe, the people had placed themselves under a curse.
Reversing the curse was easy. All they had to do was begin to tithe, as God had instructed, and He would rebuke the devourer so it would not ruin the produce of the land. God would again bestow His blessing upon them if they would simply give what He had commanded so the care of His designated servants and ministries would not be neglected.
While this command may be Old Testament, the concept continues today. God still expects His servants to be supported from the tithes of His people, and He still commands the care of the needy from the tithe. In the New Testament, people sold all their possessions to support the early church. The more we give to God, the more He blesses us and rebukes the devourer for our sake.
Don’t rob God of what is rightfully His. He has certainly blessed us, and we should be faithful to give what He has commanded. By obeying Him in this manner, we simply enable His blessing to continue in our lives. Be faithful to tithe. God has been faithful to you, and He will use your contributions to further His kingdom. When He accepts your tithe, He blesses you.
Have a blessed day!