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Monday through Friday with People of Faith: Day 194/260: Malachi

Read Malachi 3:8-10

Robbing God

The people of Malachi’s day had a serious problem: they were not taking seriously their offering to God. While it is important to do the right things, it is just as important to put thought into it and do it with sincerity and the proper motivation.

God points out that the offerings of the people are defiled. “‘And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, is it not evil? And when you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? Offer it then to your governor! Would he be please with you? Would he accept you favorably?’ says the Lord of hosts” (Malachi 1:8). The point is clear: if a lesser authority (the governor) would not accept your offering, on what grounds would you expect the ultimate authority (God Himself) to accept it?

God says through His prophet, “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings” (Malachi 3:8). The people were not robbing God by taking something away from Him, but rather by not giving in the way that He had commanded. Brother Guy N. Woods said, “God is never satisfied with partial, or incomplete, service.” We cannot obey Him partially.

The question may be asked, “Does God expect us to do more than we are able?” The answer to that is a resounding, “No!” However, we should not underestimate how much we are able to do or give! Consider the example of the saints in Macedonia, who despite “their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality” (2 Corinthians 8:2). Paul wrote of them, “For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing” (2 Corinthians 8:3).

God issued a challenge to the people through Malachi. “‘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).

Do you believe the Lord can bless you? Do you trust Him enough to let Him bless you?

A Study of Malachi and the Inter-Testamental Period: Malachi 3

MALACHI 3

3:1-6 – An answer to Malachi 2:17: “The God of justice” is coming Himself!
His messenger (John the Baptist) would first come to prepare the way (cf. Malachi 4:5-6; Isaiah 40:3-5; Matthew 3:3; 11:10, 14; 17:12-13; Mark 1:3; Luke 1:17; 3:4; John 1:23)
The divine Christ would then arrive as “the Messenger of the covenant”
God’s justice starts with those in charge, then against the wicked

3:7-12 – Will a man rob God?
“God is never satisfied with a partial, or incomplete, service” (Guy N. Woods)
He challenges them to follow Him fully, and He would bless them beyond measure

3:13-15 – “Your words have been harsh against Me”
They questioned His moral government among men
Israel was shortsighted, looking only at the rewards of this life

3:16-18 – There was a remnant of “those who feared the Lord”
Contrast verse 9, “this whole nation,” with verse 17, “shall be Mine”
Each individual must decide into which category he wishes to be placed, and live accordingly

Review and thought questions

1. Considering all the accusations being brought against Israel, how do you think they would have responded to the message that God was coming?

2. In what ways might Christians “rob God” today?

3. Should we expect recognition for doing the right thing in this life? What does Christ say about doing charitable deeds, or praying, or fasting, in order to be seen by men? Read Matthew 6:1, 5, 16.

4. What are some things upon which the people of God should meditate? Read Psalm 1:1-2; Malachi 3:16; Philippians 4:8-9.