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 store house, 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.
- Malachi 3:8-12
A father wanted to teach his four-year-old daughter the necessity of tithing. He showed her his desk on which he had placed ten equal piles of dollar bills. He counted the ten piles with her, and then explained, "Sarah, for every ten piles of money we make, we keep nine, but one belongs to God; we return it to Him."
Sarah thought for a moment and then asked, "Dad, are you only going to give God one?"
What truth regarding tithing did this four-year-old girl understand?
When members in his church would offer various excuses for not tithing, due to their poor or special circumtances, a certain minister always responded in the following manner.
"My friends," he would say, "I will accept your excuses if you tell them to me again after doing the following two things:
1. Read Malachi 3:8-12 and tell me what exceptions God makes for not tithing, and
2. Introduce me to a person who has become poorer through tithing."
Why did this minister never receive any return calls regarding this matter?