Old Testament of Jerusalem Bible
Jonathan Kithcart

B. Childress
June 1 2011

Now, as far as the offerings in the book of Malachi, they have absolutely nothing to do with money; nor does the tithe.  
Let me quote from the Old Testament of
The Jerusalem Bible (reader's edition), concerning this Word of Yahweh to
Israel through the ministration of Malachi,  I will focus on chapter 3:6-12, subtitled "temple tithes."

    (6) No; I, Yahweh, do not change; and you, sons of (7) Jacob, you are not ruined yet!  Since the days of your
    ancestors you have evaded My statutes and not observed them.  Return to Me and I will return to you, says
    Yahweh Sabaoth.  You ask,  "How are we to return? (8) Can a man cheat God?" Yet you are cheating Me.  You
    ask, "How are we cheating You?"  In the matter of (9) tithes and dues.  The curse lies on you because you, (10)
    yes you the whole nation, are cheating Me.  Bring the full tithes and dues to the storehouse so that there may be
    food in My house, and then see if I do not open the floodgates of heaven for you and pour out blessing for (11)
    you in abundance.

    For your sakes I will lay a strict injunction on the locust not to destroy the fruits of your soil nor make the vine in
    your fields barren, (12) says Yahweh Sabaoth.  All the nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of
    delights, says Yahweh Sabaoth.

Now this really helps us as the children of the Most High to understand that Yahweh Sabaoth, or the Lord our God, did
not have in mind the church, for which His Son was to lay down His life.  We as Christians must offer ourselves to God
as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1), and not let the things of this world hinder us, for if we do then we can truly be
labeled as God robbers of precious time and fellowship with the Father through His Son by the Holy Spirit.  Let us be
mindful of the apostle's words: "Redeeming the time, because the days are evil."  For sure, if we are not diligent in
prayer, studying and sharing His Son with the lost then again this is in a sense robbing God.  "According to the measure
of faith and grace that He has given each of us, for we also are to be without spot or blemish as living sacrifices, even
as that which was required to die as an offering we as Christians are to live, but die to sin" (Romans 6:2; Colossians 2:
20; Galatians 2:19).

DID THE APOSTLE PAUL TEACH TITHING TO THE CHURCH?, by Jonathan Kithcart, Copyright 2001, WinePress