The Tithe Belongs to the Lord
Dale A. Robbins
comes to mind when you think of a robber or thief? We might visualize a bank robber, a
house burglar, or even a shop-lifter. But could you imagine one of your fellow church
members, or even yourself, as a robber? It may seem impossible, yet the scripture below
clearly states that all those who do not pay their tithes have robbed God.
Malachi 3:8-11 Will a man rob God?
Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, In what way have we robbed You? In tithes and
It All Comes From God
Someone may ask, How could I have robbed
God by not paying tithes? The money I earn is mine, and I havent stolen anything
As we know, robbery is the act of
taking something that does not belong to you. God specifically used the term
robbery in Malachi to show that the tithe (which means a tenth) belongs to
Him. We must understand that God is the owner of this earth, and everything on it belongs
to Him. The earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell
therein (Psa. 24:1).
Elsewhere, the Bible says, The silver is
Mine, and the gold is Mine, says the LORD of hosts (Hag. 2:8). Before we become
possessive about the treasures of this world, let us first remember that He created this
planet and everyone on it, and even though Satan holds a temporary dominion through sin (2
Cor. 4:4), the earth still belongs to God.
Furthermore, God is responsible for every
means that people have to make a living (John 3:27, Jas. 1:17). Are you a farmer? You
plant Gods seeds in His earth and rely upon His rain and sunshine to ripen it to
harvest. Are you an auto worker? All the steel, glass, rubber, plastic, oil and gasoline
are products from Gods earth. Are you a craftsman? Your talent or skill to work at a
trade is given by God. He has given you your brain, eyes, ears, mouth, hands, fingers,
legs, and feet that you use to earn your living. Even the silver and copper in our coins,
and the wood pulp in our paper currency comes from Gods earth. It is extremely fair
of God to only require a tenth to be returned to Him, since He owns 100% of this planet.
Unfortunately, many Christians misunderstand
the idea of tithing. They often think of it as giving a tenth from their own
property to God. However, in reality it is God that has done the giving to us, and claims
the return of only 10% of His own property. Tithing is not taking a tenth of our own money
and giving it to God, but it is returning a tenth of what was already His to begin with!
The scripture says,But who am I, and who are my people, That we should be able to
offer so willingly as this? For all things come from You, And of Your own we have given
You (1 Chron. 29:14). God is so generous to us. He gives us the 90% and retains only
10% of what is rightfully His.
Stewards Of Gods Property
Someone once suggested, Well, if the
tenth already belongs to God, why doesnt He just automatically withhold the tithe
and then give us the rest, like the IRS withholds taxes from our wages? That way God
wont have to depend on us to pay our tithes.
God has chosen for us to personally return the
tithe so that we can demonstrate our stewardship of his property. Stewardship is the
faithful and responsible management of something that belongs to someone else. Obviously,
if God observes that we are irresponsible to return the small percentage that belongs to
Him as He has directed, He knows that we can neither be trusted with any greater
responsibilities or blessings in the Kingdom of God (Luke 16:10-11).
Tithing is a test of our stewardship over the
property of God, a test of our honesty to return to God what is rightfully His, a test of
our obedience to do what He told us to do, and a test of our love and desire to please Him
with our lives. Tithing is a demonstration that we believe in God, and that we acknowledge
that He is the provider of all material blessings. If you havent the faith to
believe that the tithe belongs to the Lord, neither can you have faith in Him to meet your
financial needs. After all, if you dont believe that the tenth is His, you must not
believe that the whole earth is His either. Without that confidence in His supremacy,
there could be no confidence in His ability to provide our needs.
Most of us realize that robbery is a serious
offense in our secular society, and those convicted of this crime can be sentenced to
years in jail. But what happens to a person who is guilty of robbing God? The scriptures
say that he will be cursed with a curse (Mal. 3:9). What kind of curse is
this? From Malachi we see that Gods blessing to the tither is to open Heavens
windows and pour out abundant blessings, and to rebuke the devourer (Satan) from
destroying their increase and fruitfulness (Mal. 3:10-11). In contrast, the non-tither is
cursed by having no protection to prevent the devourer from destroying their prosperity,
and God cannot shower them with His abundant Heavenly blessings. God cannot bless or
protect the prosperity of the person who does not tithe! This indeed is a curse.
Some claim they cant afford to pay their
tithes. But let me ask, Can you afford to be cursed? Can you afford to not have
Gods blessings and protection over your finances? Can you afford to be considered a
thief or robber of Gods property? Or can you afford to be a person who does not obey
the Word of God? The fact is, you cannot afford not to pay your tithes, because this
is the principle that God has chosen to bless you!
Another person once asked, Why does God
need my tithe? In answer to this question, He doesnt need your money or anyone
elses. Remember, God is the owner of the whole universe and all its wealth. However,
He has chosen to use your tithes and offerings for the expenses of maintaining
spiritual meat in His house (Mal. 3:10). On the first day of the week you are
to bring your tithes and offerings to the storehouse of your Church where you
are spiritually fed (1 Cor. 16:2). How important it is that we are faithful in our tithes
and offerings, as this is Gods method of funding the preaching of His Word and the
spreading of the Gospel (1 Cor. 9:13-14).
The Tithe Is Your Seed
God is blessed by your tithe as an expression
of your love and obedience to Him, yet tithing is primarily for your own benefit so that
God can bless you. There is a universal law that God has placed in both the natural and
spiritual realms. This is the law of sowing and reaping. ...God is not mocked; for
whatever a man sows, that he will also reap (Gal. 6:7). The tithe is
seed that you plant in God that will bring the harvest of prosperity.
All farmers understand Gods law of
sowing and reaping. After a harvest in Bible times, before the farmer would use any of the
grain as food for his family or livestock, he would first go through the harvest grain and
pick out a percentage that exhibited the best qualities of size, weight, color, and set
this aside as seed for the next seasons crop planting. This early form of genetic
selection helped assure that the next generation of crops would produce higher yields and
This illustrates our tithe, why it cannot be
the 10% that is left over after we pay everything else. The part that God claims and uses
as seed is the first and best 10% of your increase, called the firstfruits. Honor
the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; So your
barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine (Prov.
Dont eat your seed grain. Do
not use the Lords tithe for anything else! Because if you dont sow, you
How We Receive From God
The tithe is Gods property that we are
required to return to Him, however an offering is that which we give
voluntarily out of our own property after the tithe has been subtracted. As we give our
tithes, and give offerings above our tithe to God, He will continue to bless us and
multiply our return in proportion to our investment in Him (2 Cor. 9:6).
I challenge you to become a tither and a giver to
God, and prove His promise to bless you, just as He invites you to do in
Malachi 3:10. Give to God in faith, expecting Him to bless your return (Mark 11:24), and
give cheerfully, expressing joy and confidence in giving to God (2 Cor. 9:7). The same
proportion that you open your faith to give to Him, He will use that same proportion as
His measurement to bring blessing back to you!
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you (Luke 6:38).
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