Understanding OT Tithing & Malachi 3:10
Malachi 3:10 says "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it".
Many people have asked me questions regarding Malachi 3:10. One person once asked me “If we are not supposed to pay tithe, what does Malachi 3:10 mean?” The answer is very simple. Malachi 3:10 doesn’t refer to the congregation. It rather refers to priests. Yes, the scripture speaks to priests. For better understanding, I will take you to the Book of Numbers.
In Numbers 18: 25-29, the Bible says that when the Levites receive the tithe of the people, they should also take a tithe of the tithe and give to priests. In verse 32, the Bible says that when they present the best part, they will not be guilty and they will not defile the holy offerings.
Also in Nehemiah 10:38, the Bible also says that priests and Levites should bring the tithe of tithe to the storeroom of God. A priest descended from Aaron is to accompany the Levites when they receive the tithes, and the Levites are to bring a tenth of the tithes up to the house of our God, to the storerooms of the treasury. Nehemiah 10:38.
So, it happened that the priests in those days were not taking the tithe of tithe to the storehouse of God. And God was angry and warned them in Malachi 3:10. To really know who God spoke to in Malachi 3:10, it’s better to go to Chapter 2:1 where the instruction started .
Malachi 2:1, "And now, you priests, this warning is for you..............". The warning continued from Chapter 2 until it got to Chapter 3, verse 10. Quoting Malachi 3:10, a prominent preacher said "All I know tithing is part of God's plan for financial increase in the kingdom....", Such a statement is one of the lies we've been told for long. God's blessings are not determined by tithing.
The people you are defending only sold this to you by quoting the scriptures out of context. You go study Malachi again with a flexible mind, and please start from chapter 2 at least so that you get the whole picture that Malachi is one straight letter addressing the priests. So, the scripture was a warning to priests and not a warning to the congregation.