Malachi 3:10 - Blessings From Tithing.

Mal.3:10: Blessings From Tithing.

CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word 

Mal 3:10 (KJV)  Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, 
that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, 
saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, 
and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to 
receive it. 

Malachi 3:10 (NLT)  Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so 
there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do," says the LORD 
Almighty, "I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a 
blessing so great you won't have enough room to take it in! Try it! Let 
me prove it to you!  

Malachi 3:10 (AMP)  Bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of 
your income) into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, 
and prove Me now by it, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open 
the windows of heaven for you and pour you out a blessing, that 
there shall not be room enough to receive it. [Mal 2:2.] 

Mal 3:10 (CWR)  Bring your full tithe to my Temple so that there 
will be plenty of food in my house.  Try me, and see if I will not 
open the gates of heaven and pour out so many blessings on you, 
spiritual and material, that you will not be able to count them all. 

Storehouse: The treasury rooms of the sanctuary (see 1Ki 7:51; 
2Ch 31:11-12; Ne 13:12). [NIV SB] 

Storehouse: a place in the temple for storing grain and other 
food given as tithes. The priests lived off these gifts. [Life 
Application SB] 

Storehouse: From the time of King Hezekiah on (2 Chron. 31:11), 
special storehouses held grain brought in payment of tithes. These may 
have been special rooms in the Temple or a kind of lean-to against a 
side of the Temple. The blessing was such an abundance of crops that 
the storehouses would overflow. [Ryrie SB] 

Windows of heaven: Not only will there be plenty of rain to 
remove all fear of drought, but through these openings, so to speak, 
the divine blessing will be poured out in great abundance. [SDA 

Pour out . . . blessing: The promised covenant blessing (see Dt 
28:12; cf. Isa 44:3). [NIV SB] 

Blessing: Not necessarily a material blessing, though that seems 
to be emphasized here (see on v. 11). [SDA Commentary] 

CONTEXT; What's around the verse; Overview; Topic:

Malachi predicted a day of purifying judgment (3:1-5). The LORD 
urged His people to show repentance by their tithes (vv. 6-12) and 
talk (vv. 13-15), and promised to bless individuals who fear Him (vv. 
16-18). Malachi closed with a vivid image of the Day of the LORD 
(4:1-4), and a promise of Elijah's return (vv. 5-6). [The 365-Day 
Devotional Commentary] 


Temple tithes  (3:6-12)
Robbing God  (3:6-15)
You Have Robbed God

CROSS REFERENCES; What's in verses elsewhere.

Proverbs 3:9-10 (KJV)  Honour the Lord with thy substance, and 
with the firstfruits of all thine increase: [10] So shall thy barns 
be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new 

2 Cor. 9:6, 7 (KJV)  But this I say, He which soweth sparingly 
shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap 
also bountifully. [7] Every man according as he purposeth in his 
heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth 
a cheerful giver.  

COMMENTARY / APPLICATION: Moving From The Head To The Heart
What is God teaching here? What does it teach about Jesus?

Malachi's challenge to the Israelites to try God is a rare 
instance in which people are encouraged to test the faithfulness of the 
Lord (3:10). [Nelson SB] 

The Giver of all has a right to expect us to render Him an 
honest tithe, and also willing gifts as we are able. [SDA Commentary] 

The tithing system began during the time of Moses (Leviticus 
27:30-34; Deut. 14:22). The Levites received some of the tithe because 
they could not possess land of their own (Numbers 18:20-21). During 
Malachi's day, the people were not giving tithes, so the Levites went to 
work to earn a living, thereby neglecting their God-given 
responsibilities to care for the temple and for the service of worship. 
Everything we have is from God; so when we refuse to return to him a part 
of what he has given, we rob him. Do you selfishly want to keep 100 
percent of what God gives, or are you willing to return at least 10 
percent for helping to advance God's kingdom? [Life Application SB] 

Jesus demands more in terms of stewardship than merely the 
precise compliance with the tithe, but He sanctions at least the 
practice of tithing (Matt. 23:23; cf. Luke 11:42, note). Though 
stewardship may include more than the tithe, it is never less than the 
tithe. [Believer's SB] 

It's possible for a believer to say in all honesty when he hears 
a call to turn back to God, "How am I to return?" This is because 
we are often unaware of straying from the LORD. Like Saul, we don't 
know that the LORD has departed from us (see 1 Sam. 16:14). 
Malachi suggested a simple test. Go through your checkbook! Are 
you giving God a fair portion of what you earn? Or are you robbing 
God by selfishly using what He has given you without concern for 
others or for the ministry of the Gospel? 
The question comes with a challenge. If you've been holding back 
because of fear that you won't have enough, God invites you to test Him. 
After all, the wealth of the universe is His. Shake off your fear, God 
says, and "see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and 
pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for 
God can be trusted. We need not hold back out of fear. [The 
365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

The Eye of the Beholder (Mal. 3)
Every once in a while, about every day, I tell my wife she's 
beautiful. She usually smiles and says, "That's what you think." 
She suspects that I'm biased, even though I keep telling her 
that I'm totally objective about her. 
I must admit that in most cases, beauty is in the eye of the 
beholder. What seems beautiful to one person won't to another. It all 
depends on our perspective. 
That's what Malachi said in this chapter of his little book. Our 
attitude depends on how we look at life. Malachi even identified three 
things that we need to look at from God's perspective. 
The first is discipline (vv. 1-5). When some painful thing 
occurs, don't despair. Look at it as a purifying fire. See the beauty 
that exists within you, that God is so eager to display. God is 
willing to burn away your impurities, even though it hurts you. Don't 
think of the present experience. Look beyond it, and rejoice in what 
you will become. 
The second is finances (vv. 6-12). Don't look at the little you 
have, and worry about how you'll make ends meet. This will only shut 
your heart to the LORD, and make you stingy in your giving. Instead 
remember that God possesses all the wealth in the universe. Trust Him 
enough to give freely, and expect Him to provide all that you need. 
The third is blessings (vv. 14-18). Some media evangelists sound 
so much like the disgruntled of Malachi's day. They ask us to 
measure blessings by financial well-being, and so beg us to give to 
their ministry, promising that God will more than repay in good, hard 
But Malachi urged us to serve God not for profit, but out of 
love. Even so, we are abundantly repaid, not in cash here, but in 
blessings stored up for when Christ returns. Only in eternity will we see 
the distinction God makes between those who serve God and those who 
do not, so we should not expect large cash down payments now! 
And don't expect those outside of Christ to see life as we do. 
Many Christians may not even share these perspectives. But you and I 
need to embrace the way of looking at life that Malachi adopted. We 
need to look beyond our pain, to look beyond limited resources, and 
to look beyond material rewards. When we see the beauty God seeks 
to create in us through discipline, the unlimited resources of our 
God, and the glory that awaits us in eternity, we will serve God with 
overflowing joy. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]