I Will Rebuke the Devourer

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 Malachi 3:11a:
And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground . . .

This verse and section of Malachi 3:6-12 has been used today by some to coerce tithing (ten percent) from people. Then after they read (manipulate) the verses they say that when you give, God will rebuke the Devil for your sakes (implying that if you do not tithe, then God will not rebuke the Devil). However, this is untrue — I will tell you why. First, if giving meant rebuking then we would be paying for protection. Secondly, the word devourer means a devourer, not the Devil. The Amplified Bible defines the devourer as “insects and plagues”; it is what consumes, it is what eats away and decays. The devourer went into the fields, not upon the people. The entire section in Malachi is specifically addressed to the children of Israel who were not taking care of their priest from the tribe of Levi. Their Law required them to tithe a tenth of their substance, and because they were not fulfilling the Law, God’s blessing upon their crops was lacking, but not His continued care and concern for their souls. Nevertheless, today in God’s grace we are never commanded to tithe a tenth of our incomes. In fact, the word tithe is never once mentioned in the Church Epistles that are directly written to us today.

If tithing were a Law for us, then God’s divine grace would be totally worthless (Galatians 5:4)! Whenever anyone implies that the devourer is the Devil, then that gives the Devil power and authority over our finances and lives, and that power the Scriptures currently denies to him. This does not negate that God indeed wants His children to give, and when we remove the Law, restraints, and misnomers about true godly giving, then giving from the heart can take on heavenly insight into our genuinely receiving from God. Today in grace, we may, if we so chose to give out of an inner spiritual love and devotion for our heavenly Father, give without restraint, compulsion, or fear, and this is acceptable to God.

God gave the children of Israel (in Old Testament times) their land when they came into the Promised Land as prophesied to them from the time of Abraham. Their tithing, though still a Law, showed their appreciation for God’s blessings upon the land, and their tithes were to be given to the priests to maintain the temple and sustain the priest who ministered daily on their behalf.

Galatians 4:7:
Wherefore thou art no more a servant {under the Law like all of Israel was}, but a son {son is an all-inclusive noun for men and women}; and if a son {of God}, then {you are} an heir of God through Christ.

We, being genuine heirs of our God as His children, do not pay tithes, but rather we reciprocate honor and respect back to our heavenly Father. In Malachi 3:10 God said that He would pour out “a blessing” when the children of Israel tithed; however, Ephesians 1:3 says “. . . who {God} hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.” We are currently blessed with how many blessings? All! How can we reconcile this difference between “a blessing” that the Old Testament believers were to receive, and us in God’s household who have already received all spiritual blessings? It is simple. The Old Testament Scriptures regarding tithing were written for that particular time of the Old Testament, while the New Testament Scriptures (Epistles) are written for us in this grace administration. We have already received “all spiritual blessings” and our giving is to be proportionate to how we purpose in our hearts. This allows us to freely give, not out of the Law but out of love.

Love, Knowledge and Truth

And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge {of God and His healing Word} and in all judgment {in all discernment}- Philippians 1:9. Paul prayed that their love may abound more and more, yet this was not simply a prayer to continue loving one another. Beyond that he prayed they would learn to love more and more the precious knowledge of God, for this knowledge can help the believers discern between evil and good, between darkness and light, and between that which may be in error and that which is in truth. ~LMJ~

The Heart of Giving and Receiving

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Giving is a spiritual principle established by God in the beginning. It is a powerful principle certifying that when we give we also receive — more. Yet some have distorted and abused this divine principle of giving so that the emphasis on our receiving abundance from God has fallen by the wayside. In this study, I want to explain some spiritual truths that will energize for you the spiritual principles of “giving and receiving,” and bring the true light of God’s healing Word to the forefront with logical reasoning that will augment the dynamic teaching of the Scriptures. If you have ever been hassled, dogged, hit up, ridiculed, or begged for money, then this study will truly thrill your heart.

A Christian friend came to me a few years ago with tears in his eyes and when I asked about his sadness, he handed me a note that his minister gave him. It said that he should not be blaming God for car accidents that he would inevitably have, because his minister noticed that he had not been giving much money to his Church lately. My friend was terrified to drive his car, so to avoid an accident he had his daughter drive him to work and back, and everywhere else he needed to go, because he feared that God was out to get him. That horrible note broke his heart, and for a time he was so afraid that, he quit praying to God. (That was after going to Church and praying for nearly sixty years.) I explained to him some of what we will be looking at, and I showed him from the Scriptures why the note he received was untrue.

The Scriptures boldly proclaim that our God is a loving Father, but the Scriptures do not teach that God is the “godfather” extorting protection money from His children. God is love, and light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. Unless Scripture is manipulated, we also will not find verses propounding that God will protect us from the Devil if we give money because that is still paying for protection. It is a devilish idea to assume these unscriptural notions come from God and His healing Word. In all of the Church Epistles written directly to us, God never demands giving money or paying God or His ministers for protection (and besides God does not need money, nor can He spend it). Giving, whether it is your time, your talents, your resources, or your money is the biblical ministry of true receiving. The Bible says that God loves a cheerful giver. Nevertheless, how in the world can anybody really give cheerfully if he or she lives in fear of God’s retribution? One could not!

II Corinthians 9:6-8:
-6: 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 {own} heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
-8: And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

These verses relate to the attitude of the mind and heart, because if we do not understand the true spiritual heart behind giving we might give either sparingly or grudgingly and receive only sporadically. However, when we truly understand God’s Word and we know that we have received blessings from God (Ephesians 1:3), then with purpose of heart we may, out of those blessings, give back bountifully and receive bountifully as well. This will cause us to experience the delight in having “all grace” abounding in our lives to the point that we will receive all sufficiency in all areas of our lives. This further causes us to abound in “every good work” that we may cheerfully pursue.

The Upwards Performance of God Within

Being confident of this very thing, that he {God} which hath begun a good work in you will perform it {perfect it} until the day of Jesus Christ– Philippians 1:6. The good work in you is that God has already placed the spiritual seed of Christ in you. The word perform means that the good work that God began, the work of placing Christ within, will eventually bring the believers into perfection and full maturity which will occur when Christ returns for us.” ~LMJ~