WILL A MAN ROB GOD ?
If there are bible books,and chapters visited and quoted more often than others, it is this last piece in the old testament ,from minor prophet Malachi and the popular chapter three,where a very interesting argument boils from verse six to verses 12.
” Will a man rob God?, yet you have robbed me. But you say, where in have we robbed thee ? In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse for you have robbed me , even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the store house, that there may be meat in my house and prove me herewith said the Lord, 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
and I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes and he shall not detroy the fruits of your ground ,neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field.,saith the Lord and all nations shall call you blessed,for you shall be a delightful land, said the Lord of host”
You might be saying this warning was or is the the nation of ISRAEL,but be it known unto you today that a Christian who is robbing God or who robs God is altogether likely to be guilty of other crimes, if he or she could boldly rob the almighty God himself.The believer’s inability to pay his or her tithe as and when due is an indication of spiritual decay,probably a tip on the ice berg. More serious spiritual problems follows this weakness.
Malachi three, verses 6-12 is well understood, as it deals specifically with tithe and tithing. The Hebrew word used in Malachi 3 is” qaba” meaning,to cover, defraud,rob or spoil,The word qaba , which has deep meaning ,shows how serious God views the issue.
God means what He said in this chapter,He is not experimenting tithing,His principle concerning the issue does not change, for He is the Lord He changeth not., despite the blatant refusal of the nation of Israel and nations of today ie Christian communities to honour this call, His blessings still touches both the payers and the invaders.What He laid down for the fathers as a channel of blessing, He does not want the children to miss.. Hebrews 13; 20, Isaiah 54:!0, 55;3. The financial needs of the body of Christ is nourished through tithes and offerings .
Just like ancient Israel developed stiff neck to the issue, Christians of today have failed. They are not serious with the ancient covenant “Even from the days of your fathers, ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them ” Malachi 3:7. God has a question for today’s believer..can a man rob God,?, God Himself answered, in the affirmative, . yes,.you have robbed me, wherein have you all robbed him, ? in the tithes and offerings you stuck away every month , and all the moments that warrant tithe paying. and what is the mind of God here..? curse, curse, and godly curse.
If the great generals of God parading our churches today, can by prophecy, word of knowledge,special annionting and or extra ordinary anointing, remove the generational curses giving the believer nightmares, who for God’s sake will remove the curse or curses dumpped in the life of a rebelious person by God himself ? This is the SOS of many lives today, who will remove God’s curse. Nobody can do so except the great and mighty one himself.
Todays Christians do not only rob on tithe, they rob him in the offerings, rob him of the time they are supposed to give to his work,rob him of his love they are to give to others, rob him of the material, rob him of the financial. Robbers they are that do these.Though God was speaking of tithe and the offering following it, God is not also happy with these other robberies ..The fornications, the adulteries. lying, the stealings,societal evil that tends to give the devil the upper hand.
” Will a man rob God,? God’s affirmative answer to this question is an indication that man has gone a bit clever to beat this clever all accurate, all wise, knowledge, all wisdom ,all powerful, all omnipotent, omnithis, omnithat God. No , God cannot be beaten, rather, man by this, has gone further more, digging his grave through disobedience., for many who does not heed to God’s words have not heeded to this warning, they are therefore carrying this curse that no anointed man of God can remove except God himself.
However , this merciful God called for repentance from all..” Return unto me and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts”Stop the debate on tithe and offerings , and repent and be reconciled to God. God from all indications does not love the death, timely or untimely of the sinner but that the sinner should repent and live, because of this, he had always warned the sinner of the path he or she is threading,and calls the sinner to repentance..Ezekiel 33;11,2 Peter 3;9.God is therefore charging us today for disobeying him and robbing him also in tithes and offerings.