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.

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