Is it correct to pay the tithes and the offerings?
" Will a mere mortal rob God? yet you rob me. but you ask, How are we robbing you? in tithes and offerings." You are under curse-your whole nation-because you are robbing me." Malachi 3:8-9
This passage is purely prophetic so that we need help from king Solomon as Queen of Sheba did. 1 Kings 10:3 " Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the King to explain to her."
King Solomon whom is the shadow of Jesus Christ going to helps us to get the understanding of the tithe and the offering God requires. We wonder about the tithe that we pay each month? What about the offering?
Brother Paul says that all matter will be resolved on the testimony of two or three witnesses. And the two witnesses who testified God is Moses and Jesus Christ.
This is why Isaiah 8:20 said " To the Law and to testimony; if you do not talk, there will be no light in them." let's go see what Moses law recommend in the shadow; Deuteronomy 14:28-29 "At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year's produce and store it in your towns, so that the Levites ( who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands." Before to start explaining anything, we would like to remind you that Kingdom of God is a spiritual reality. Romans 14:17 " for the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."
Here is the explanation of the passage of Malachi 3:8-9. we recall that Jesus Christ is the tithe of the third years that Israel should submit to its doors, eventually the levite who is God [Jesus Christ] will eat it. But that wasn't the case for Israel, because of lack of faith and knowledge.Hosea4:6" my people are destroyed fr>om lack of knowledge. Israel neglect the Levite [Jesus Christ>] who lives within his towns. Mark11:12-14,20 " The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it. In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. 21 Peter remembered and said to Jesus, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!” Third year represents Moses law's time. Luke24:27 " And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself." Third year equal three day of Jesus resurrection. The foreigners represents people of the nations[Church] according to Ephesians 2:12 " At that time you did not know about Christ. You were foreigners to the people of Israel. And you had no part in the promise that God had made for them. You were living in this world without hope and without God." Nations people[Church] were fatherless and widow contrary to Israel who had a God as a father.Matthew23:8 "And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Listen to what God says in this passage from Psalms 50:7-14 " Listen, my people, and I will speak; I will testify against you, Israel: I am God, your God. I have no need of a bull from your stall or goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. If I were hungry I would not tell you , for the world is mine, and all that is in it. Do I eat the flesh of bulls or drink the blood of goats? Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High..."
We understand that the tithe and offerings which Israel offered to God were only the shadow of things to come. For God is Spirit, therefore He does not eat like humans. But God's food, is faith=Jesus Christ. Hebrew 11:6 " But without faith no one can please God. We have to believe that God is real and that He rewards everyone who searches for him."
We understood that robs God in tithes and offerings is the lack of faith to God. Therefore whole nation of Israel is under the curse and also heaven is locks for them.
So what prove that Jesus is the tithe of the third years? Matthew 21:12-13 " Jesus enter the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the table of money changers and the benches of those selling doves. "It is written," He said to them, " My house will be called a house of prayer, you are making it a den of robbers." We need to know that the seller of the temple have received permission from Moses. Deuteronomy 14:25-26 " then you shall turn it into money and bind up the money in your hand and go to the place that the Lord your God chooses and spend the money for whatever you desire- oxen or sheep or wine or strong drink, whatever your appetite craves. And you shall eat there before the Lord your God and rejoice, you and your household. And you shall not neglect the Levite who is within your towns, for he has no portion or inheritance with you." The presence of Jesus in the temple represents the tithe of the third years at the door. It also telling about the change of the Levitical priesthood at the Royal. Let's see in the shadow how the heaven was open for Jacob. Genesis 28:12,17 "And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And he was afraid and said, how awesome is this place; this is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven." You will notice that heaven was open during the rest of Jacob. Do not forget that Jacob is the shadow of Jesus Christ. Prophetically night is God's rest. Because during creation, God works six days and rested at seventh day. Evening is a time when sun goes down. Evening may also be understood as the death of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Listen what Jesus was asking to Nathaniel in John 1:51 " And He said to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man." After the death of Jesus this prophecy has been accomplished. Ephesians 4:9-11" He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that might fill all things. And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers.
Tithe is ten percent of income, ten percent equal Ten Commandments of Moses. God to save the world, he took the command of Moses a commandment that is greater than all, which is LOVE [JESUS CHRIST]. And the bible says that God so loved us and give his only Son to die on the cross for us. We understood that the real tithe is our Lord Jesus Christ. By Receiving Jesus Christ, the church [NATIONS] has paid his tithe to God. That is why the heaven is open for us and our wealth is revelation.
Be careful, don't get confused between Tithe of Three years Deuteronomy 14:28-29 "At the end of every three years, bring all the tithes of that year's produce and store it in your towns, so that the Levites ( who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands." which represents Jesus Christ and tithe of everything which people have to pay each month. Leviticus27:30-32 “
" My friends, we want you to know that the church in Macedonia have shown other how kind God is. Although they were going through hard times and were very poor, they were glad to give generously. They even asked and begged us to let them have the joy of giving their money for God's people. And they did more than we had hoped. They gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us, Just as God wanted them to do.
You do everything better than anyone else. You have stronger faith. You speak better and know more. You are eager to give, and you love us better. Now you must GIVE MORE generously than anyone else. I am not ordering you to do this. I am simply testing how real your love is by comparing it with the concern that others have shown. You know that our Lord Jesus Christ Kind enough to give up all his riches and become poor, so that you could become rich."
Praise the Lord