What efforts did you make to share your experience with your friends?
Main Text: Malachi 3:10-12.
Memory Verse: Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,’ Says the LORD of hosts, ‘If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. – Malachi 3:10 (NKJV).
God’s invitation to Israel to return to Him in faithfulness was for their own benefit. A sign of genuine repentance was their compliance with paying tithes and offerings as prescribed by God. Israel was to ensure that there was food in God’s storehouse. The abundance of food in the storehouse was a sign that the priests would be supported from the tithes as they ministered in the Temple; they would no longer have to look for other means of livelihood. Yet it required faith on the part of Israel to trust God with a tenth of the resources He had given them. In this study, we shall look at the various ways God promised to bless His people if they turned to Him and paid their tithes in faith and faithfully.
Questions for Discussion
What were the Israelites to do to provide enough food in God’s storehouse? Verse 10a.
How would you explain the statement, ‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse’? Verse 10a.
Identify various ways in which God promised to bless His people for their faithfulness. Verses 10-12.
Share in brief your personal experience of how God rewards those who tithe faithfully.
To ‘bless’ meant to fill with benefits, either as an end in itself or to make the object blessed a source of further blessing for others. In response to faithfulness on the part of Israel, God will provide rain in season and cause the land to yield its fruits in full strength. This is what God promised to do for Israel if they turned to Him. He would restore the fortunes of repentant Israel; He would drive away the devourers (caterpillars and locusts) that devastated their farms. Thus, Israel shall enjoy abundance, instead of suffering from scarcity of food. The prosperity of the land will be a signal to the nations that God was blessing His people because of their obedience to His will which God still promises His children that today.