WHY DO WE PROFANE THE COVENANT OF OUR FATHERS?
Recently, I wrote a blog about the Old Testament doctrine of tithing. I quoted some convicting, but also encouraging, passages in the book of Malachi about tithing (see my blog: TITHES: The Ancient Test?).
Test of what?
a) Trusting God
b) Obedience to the pastor
c) God’s blessings
d) Just plain old Scrooge cheapness
The answer is (c), God’s blessings.
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there may be food in my house. Test me in this and see if I will not through open the floodgates and pour out so much blessings that you will not have room enough for it” (3.10).
To many believers, the book of Malachi could just as well be called “The book of tithing.” That’s what I thought until the day I opened my Bible and my eyes “popped” to a scripture that put the doctrine of tithing into a new, and broader, perspective:
“Why do we profane the covenant of our fathers by breaking the faith with one another?” (Malachi 2:10).
What does breaking faith with others have to do with giving a tithe? The same thing that giving a tithe has to do with breaking faith with others. In fact, tithing is just one segment in the book of tithes, oops I meant, “The Book of Malachi.”
THE PRIMARY THEME IN THE BOOK OF MALACHI IS RELATIONSHIP:
In Malachi, the Israelites are called back to the godly ways of their forefathers and, most importantly, to relationship with their God (Mal 5:5,6). Bringing the tithe to the storehouse, was actually a way to honor God; i.e., a form of worship.
TOXIC-FAITH TIE IN:
New Testament churches that focus on tithing, are missing the primary theme in the book of Malachi.
One characteristic of an imbalanced–or toxic–church is a tendency to develop a new doctrine based upon one or a few “pet” scriptures taken out of context. These doctrines usually are 1. preached frequently, and 2. enforced using emotionally-manipulative language that all too often motivates parishoners via fear, shame, and guilt.
New Testament giving should also be a way to honor God, a form of worship.It is a love, not a fear based-based act.