Between Malachi and Matthew was 400 years. God did not utter a word to anyone in Israel for 400 years! It baffled me, these people succeeded in shutting God down! Wow! That's a hard thing to do because God is merciful and long suffering but these people shut Him down!
What did they do that made God so angry? You need to know these:
1. They did not honor God: When they brought offerings to God it was the worst that they had. They would keep the fat goat and bring the sick goat with one eye to God. In the world of today it's like spending 5k on food every week and bringing 100 Naira or whatever you find in your pocket to church as offering. You are shutting God down!
Malachi 1:8 says When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?" says the LORD Almighty.
2. Infidelity: The men of Israel were cheating on their wives and because of that they were not making progress. You shut God down when you begin to cheat.
Malachi 2:14 (ERV) says You ask, “Why are our gifts not accepted?” It is because the Lord saw the evil things you did—he is a witness against you. He saw you cheat on your wife. You have been married to her since you were young. She was your girlfriend. Then you made your vows to each other—and she became your wife.
3. The tithe: Many Christians don't tithe any longer they will tell you it's under the law or Old Testament. Do yourself a favor don't learn the hard way. The principle behind the tithe simply says "God I acknowledge that you are my Source". If you see it that way you won't waste your time on all those articles.
Malachi 3:7b-9 Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.
“But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’
8“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In tithes and offerings. 9You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me.
Notice the first word "return!" God says when you start paying your tithe again He will return to you!
The tithe is not for God's benefit it's for your benefit!
As you change your ways you will see God once again in Jesus name.
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