Come Back


Come Back

Malachi 3:7-12

Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?  Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. 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. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts.

Exposition

Return to me, I’ll return to you. Wherein shall we return?

  • We have returned
    • Time of Ezra-Nehemiah
    • Returned from Babylon
    • Repaired well and the temple
    • Externals- not internals
  • Where have departed?
    • Ignorance
    • Innocence
    • Arrogance
  • He is not there- once we return , then He returns

God of the material

  • Will a man rob God? strength, knowledge, goodness (live off tenth)
    Tithes and offerings
    • Many tithes
      • Tithe of increase
      • Tithe every 3rd year?
      • Tithe of Levites to priests
    • Offerings – first fruits
      • chapter 2- saw that they offered blemished sacrifices
      • They were cursed (devourer- cast off fruit) Lord ? nature

Tithes to storehouse- ??

Conclusion

  • Prove me!
    • Not Tempt Lord
    • Externals are “obvious”
    • Seeking some spiritual victory when -excusing/disobedient in externals
  • Return and I’ll return

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