Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Today's Lesson..for myself.

"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it. " Malachi 3:10

This verse was brought up tonight in my bible study and it really spoke to me. Tithing from a financial viewpoint has not been an issue for me but see there is more to give the Lord than just money. See I don't tithe/give my time. I don't give Him ME everyday. I don't give him at least 10% of my day. And really..10% of a 24 hour day!!! Are you kidding me????I can't manage to spend 24 minutes with my Lord and Savior!!....yeah..that's me. I go through peaks and valleys here...some weeks are great..others stink.

I need and want to do things differently. To renew my mind..so my habits will follow. To draw so close to the Lord that one day, one step away..almost hurts.

Romans 12:12 "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will"

See I think in order for me to give my time... I have to change my view..my mind. Those things that are important to the world....not so much when it comes to eternity.

Anyone out there feel me? Are you in my boat? Have you been rowing along with me?

Let's get out...get on dry land...get on our knees and renew our minds.

*Okay..so math is not my strong suit..after a friend posted..totally realized my numbers were way off!!...144 minutes would be 10%....so ready to give 10% with me? * *Oh and I know..this is not about an amount of time...its just about TIME...giving freely of it to HIM*


Dreaming again said...

I was about your age when the same thing struck me.

It's not something that we're taught ... but I firmly believe it should be.

The reality is,a day consists of

1440 minutes. 10% of that is only 144 minutes. Just a little over 2 hours. 2 hours ...24 minutes.
144 minutes is all it is .. how much we ask of God ...and we can't give him 144 minutes?

While there may be times we need to give that in 144 minute chunks ... the reality is (I use that phrase all too often!) if we are doing as we have been taught ...
keeping his word close to our hearts ...meditating on Him ... and sharing His word with others ...shouldn't that 144 not be ENOUGH ...

when you start to add the 2 minutes with the 10 minutes with the 30 minutes .. it starts to multiply and before you know it ..you're doing what God intended and it starts to come back ... pressed down shaken together and running over ...and you can't wait to find another 144 minutes of time to give to Him ...

I hope that made sense, it's 1:19 in the morning ...

Russell Earl Kelly, PHD said...

Friend, May I offer an alternative interpretation of Malachi for your study.

From: Tithing is not a Christian Doctrine
Russell Earl Kelly, PHD

Malachi 3 is the Most Abused Tithing Text in the Bible. The “whole” tithe never was supposed to go to the Temple!

A. Malachi is Old Covenant and is never quoted in the New Covenant to validate tithing (Lev. 27:34; Neh. 10:28-29; Mal. 3:7; 4:4).

B. In Malachi 3:10-11 tithes are still only food 1000 years after Leviticus 27:30-34 and Numbers 18:21-28.

C. Malachi’s audience had willingly reaffirmed the Old Covenant (Neh.10:28-29). The blessings and curses of tithing are identical to and inseparable from those of the entire Mosaic Law. The rain in Deuteronomy 28:12, 23-24 and Leviticus 26:1-4 is only obtained by obedience to all 613 commandments. Galatians 3:10 (quoting Deu 27:26) “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.” Trying to earn God’s blessings through tithing only brings curses for failure to keep all of the law. See also Galatians 3:19.

D. Beginning in 1:6 “you” in Malachi always refers to the dishonest priests and not the people (also 2:1-10; 2:13 to 3:1-5): “Even this whole nation of you --priests” (3:9). In 1:13-14 the priests had stolen tithed animals vowed to God. In Nehemiah 13:5-10 priests had stolen the Levites’ portion of the tithe. God’s curses on the priests are ignored by most tithe-teachers (1:14; 2:2 and 3:2-4).

E. Point #12 of the essay. The Levitical cities must be included in a correct interpretation of Malachi 3:10. Most tithe-recipients lived outside of Jerusalem.

F. The 24 courses of Levites and priests must be included in a correct interpretation of Malachi 3. Normally only 2% of the total Levite and priest work force served at the temple one week at a time. Subtract wives, males under the age of 30 and daughters. Therefore 2% did not require all of the tithe. See 1 Chron 23-26; 28:13, 21; 2 Chron. 8:14; 23:8; 31:2, 15-19; 35:4, 5, 10; Ezra 6:18; Neh. 11:19, 30; 12:24; 13:9, 10; Luke 1:5.

G. Nehemiah 10:37-39 is the key to understanding Malachi 3:10, The people were commanded to bring their tithes, not to the temple, but to the nearby Levitical cities. Verse 38 says that the priests were with the Levites in the Levitical cities when they received the tithes.

H. According to Nehemiah 13:5, 9 the “storehouse” in the Temple was only several rooms. The real “storehouses” were in the Levitical cites per Nehemiah 10:37b-38. Only the Levites and priests normally brought tithes to the Temple (10:38). Two rooms in the Temple were far too small to contain the tithe from the entire nation and 98% of the Levites and priests lived too far away to eat from them.

Therefore, Malachi 3:10’s “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse” only makes contextual sense if it is only commanding dishonest priests to replace the tithes they had removed from it or had failed to bring to it.

While the 3:10 of the Law in Malachi is so important to tithe-teachers they ignore the 3:10 of the Gospel in Galatians and 2nd Corinthians. Perhaps those wanting to enforce the 3:10 Law of Malachi should also enforce the 3:10 Law of Numbers. They share the same context.

Christian giving is freewill, sacrificial, generous, joyful, regular and motivated by love. That is enough to provide the needs of the Church.

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