The Jesus Code: “Have you ever been robbed?” + LINKUP

 

The Jesus Code

Chapter 27 The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.

 

This week’s question: “Will a man rob God?” (Malachi 3.8).

The author asks:

Have you ever been robbed? I have. And let me assure you that you feel personally violated when someone unannounced and uninvited invades your private space— when he breaks your doors and windows, ransacks your drawers, and steals money and other valuables, often including irreplaceable items of great sentimental value. Only someone who has been the victim of such an intrusion knows the deep anguish it can bring.

Yet God says, “You have robbed me!” (Mal. 3.8).

We rob Him when we fail to give through our tithes and offerings.

Hawkins:

Furthermore, when we rob God of His “tithes and offerings,” that act triggers a chain of robberies— and we are complicit in each of those as well. When we rob God of His tithes, we rob His church of its ability to minister in His name. We also rob the world of the gospel by limiting many worthy and effective missionary enterprises. But on an even more personal level, we rob ourselves of great blessings, for “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20: 35).

The author goes on:

Some Christians today believe that the tithe (giving one tenth of our income to God) is an Old Testament command with no bearing or application on us in this dispensation of grace. The reality is that the tithe existed among God’s people long before the Law was ever given. In Genesis Abram gave tithes to Melchizedek, the priest (14: 20). Jacob vowed to give a tenth “of all that You give me” to the Lord (28: 22). Later, when the Law was given, tithing was incorporated.

In the New Testament Jesus confirmed the importance of the tithe:

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone (Matt. 23.23).

These you ought to have done.

But Hawkins adds:

God never emphasizes our giving; He always focuses on our receiving, even here in His instruction about the tithe. God said, “Bring all the tithes” (v. 10). Why? To support the church or missionary work? No, that’s not what God says. At issue is God’s desire to open for us “the windows of heaven” and pour out His blessings on us. So God presents us with a proposition: “Bring all the tithes . . . and try [prove] Me now in this” (v. 10). Do you see how amazing this is? God is saying to you and me, “Put Me on trial! Test Me! Try Me in this.”

Let’s make giving to God a priority, more even than our concern for worldly expenses, more than our concerns about retirement and pensions, more than our concerns to stay up to date with Uncle Sam. Let’s put Him to the test and watch Him open the windows of heaven on our behalf!

A note:

I have been pulling a few thoughts out of each chapter, but I cannot cover all the nuggets Hawkins shares in this little gem of a book. I hope these excerpts whet your appetite to purchase the book for yourself. Just click on one of the links below.

Blessings,
Donna

 

Next week’s question: “If salt loses its flavor, how shall [the earth] be seasoned?” (Matthew 5.13).

Last week’s question: “O Lord, how long shall I cry, and you will not hear?” (Habakkuk 1.2). Read it here.

 

 

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11 thoughts on “The Jesus Code: “Have you ever been robbed?” + LINKUP

  1. I am so glad Jesus included that little phrase in there about not leaving the other undone. He addressed this and confirmed that tithing is not an Old Testament command that has been done away with. God has dealt very closely with my family and me on this issue, and I do not believe it is a non-negotiable. It is amazing how He supplies our needs when we make it a priority to put Him and His kingdom first! His economy always works!! 🙂

  2. I’ve always found that particular passage a bit of shock, when God asks us to test Him by giving Him our tithes and offerings and seeing if He pours out blessing or not. Yes, the God of all Creation is asking us to test Him! Eek!

  3. What a great post today, Donna.

    I think this line is especially good, “Let’s put Him to the test and watch Him open the windows of heaven on our behalf!”

    I’m so thankful that God takes care of us~

    Enjoying this link up and appreciate you hosting it.

    Blessings,
    Melanie

  4. My husband, junior high aged son, friends and myself met for 12 weeks in our home for a video series on financial freedom and I remember going through the Malachi verses. As was our custom, we took the time to discuss what God was saying. Jump ahead about 20 years. My son is now married and his young in the Lord, wife was concerned when he brought up the subject of tithing. Do you know what he shared with her? Malachi 3. It wasn’t long before she told him she wanted to give God the whole tithe. Shortly after that, she got a bonus, he got a much higher paying job and they continue to joyfully give God tithes and offerings.

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