Malachi Chapter 3
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1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts.
7 Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
10 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.
16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
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Matthew Henry's Malachi Chapter 3 Bible commentary...
The coming of Christ. (1-6) The Jews reproved for their corruptions. (7-12) God's care of his people; The distinction between the righteous and the wicked. (13-18)1-6 The first words of this chapter seem an answer to the scoffers of those days. Here is a prophecy of the appearing of John the Baptist. He is Christ's harbinger. He shall prepare the way before him, by calling men to repentance. The Messiah had been long called, "He that should come," and now shortly he will come. He is the Messenger of the covenant. Those who seek Jesus, shall find pleasure in him, often when not looked for. The Lord Jesus, prepares the sinner's heart to be his temple, by the ministry of his word and the convictions of his Spirit, and he enters it as the Messenger of peace and consolation. No hypocrite or formalist can endure his doctrine, or stand before his tribunal. Christ came to distinguish men, to separate between the precious and the vile. He shall sit as a Refiner. Christ, by his gospel, shall purify and reform his church, and by his Spirit working with it, shall regenerate and cleanse souls. He will take away the dross found in them. He will separate their corruptions, which render their faculties worthless and useless. The believer needs not fear the fiery trial of afflictions and temptations, by which the Saviour refines his gold. He will take care it is not more intense or longer than is needful for his good; and this trial will end far otherwise than that of the wicked. Christ will, by interceding for them, make them accepted. Where no fear of God is, no good is to be expected. Evil pursues sinners. God is unchangeable. And though the sentence against evil works be not executed speedily, yet it will be executed; the Lord is as much an enemy to sin as ever. We may all apply this to ourselves. Because we have to do with a God that changes not, therefore it is that we are not consumed; because his compassions fail not.
7-12 The men of that generation turned away from God, they had not kept his ordinances. God gives them a gracious call. But they said, Wherein shall we return? God notices what returns our hearts make to the calls of his word. It shows great perverseness in sin, when men make afflictions excuses for sin, which are sent to part between them and their sins. Here is an earnest exhortation to reform. God must be served in the first place; and the interest of our souls ought to be preferred before that of our bodies. Let them trust God to provide for their comfort. God has blessings ready for us, but through the weakness of our faith and the narrowness of our desires, we have not room to receive them. He who makes trial will find nothing is lost by honouring the Lord with his substance.
13-18 Among the Jews at this time, some plainly discovered themselves to be children of the wicked one. The yoke of Christ is easy. But those who work wickedness, tempt God by presumptuous sins. Judge of things as they will appear when the doom of these proud sinners comes to be executed. Those that feared the Lord, spake kindly, for preserving and promoting mutual love, when sin thus abounded. They spake one to another, in the language of those that fear the Lord, and think on his name. As evil communications corrupt good minds and manners, so good communications confirm them. A book of remembrance was written before God. He will take care that his children perish not with those that believe not. They shall be vessels of mercy and honour, when the rest are made vessels of wrath and dishonour. The saints are God's jewels; they are dear to him. He will preserve them as his jewels, when the earth is burned up like dross. Those who now own God for theirs, he will then own for his. It is our duty to serve God with the disposition of children; and he will not have his children trained up in idleness; they must do him service from a principle of love. Even God's children stand in need of sparing mercy. All are righteous or wicked, such as serve God, or such as serve him not: all are going to heaven or to hell. We are often deceived in our opinions concerning both the one and the other; but at the bar of Christ, every man's character will be known. As to ourselves, we have need to think among which we shall have our lot; and, as to others, we must judge nothing before the time. But in the end all the world will confess that those alone were wise and happy, who served the Lord and trusted in Him.
Elisheba's Malachi Chapter 3 comment about verse 10 on 2/15/2014, 9:01am...
The tithe was for the levites They owned no property They served monotheistic believers The Almighty was their inheritance Do you know anyone like that If yes given them your money
Cyrus's Malachi Chapter 3 comment on 2/15/2014, 6:44am...
If others have practiced Tithe and it works for them and some also testified that they don t pay it and they are living fine I CONCLUDE WITH THIS TRUE EVIDENCE THAT WE SHALL ALL REAP WHATEVER WE SOW and those who collect Tithe should spend it right not to use it to build sch and ask Tithe payers to pay sch heavy sch feed or make life difficult for Tithe payers by not providing for the needy in their folds Churches I MEAN TITHE PAYERS CHURCHES SHOULD SET UP COMMITTEES ON HOW TO BETTER D LIVES OF THEIR MEMBERS and should not use Tithe issue to place curse on the souls Christ died for but should encourage them and better there LIVES Thanks
Carol's Malachi Chapter 3 comment about verse 8 on 2/14/2014, 9:03pm...
No one should be tithing 10 of your money to anyone unless God through prayer tells you too God blessed you with health and strength each day to go out there and make it happen and then you just want to give your blessings away to most times ungodly people Pray instead God will always lead you to help the right person that needs your help The right time to give Each day look around you That person at the bus stop can you give them a ride Ask God if it s ok I promise he will answer you God knows your situation and what you are capable of Let God lead your life and get your head heart out of the way I promise you will be amazed and truly blessed Love Jesus with all your heart soul and mind He loves it
DANIEL's Malachi Chapter 3 comment on 1/30/2014, 7:28am...
Either we like it or not God will not change his standard to suit our purpose. What he says stand and cannot be changed by any-one.Malachi 3 tells us about God's mind concerning our lives most especially about titheing. For example a farmer that harvest and fail to keep some will have nothing to plant the next season. It is very difficult to understand what you've not practice and believe. In a nut-shell giving out tithe is rewardable and it should be 100% and not part.
Bobby's Malachi Chapter 3 comment on 1/29/2014, 4:42pm...
Malachi I written to to Jews. Tithing isn't required of us saved christians. But I tithe my income because I love God. The Christian life is not easy, and if you give tithe's to receive blessings you are looking at it all wrong.As long as we are on this earth, we will always get sick and go through struggles. But God loves us and will reward us sometimes even though we don't deserve anything.
Hilary's Malachi Chapter 3 comment about verse 8 on 1/22/2014, 10:30pm...
I've been tithing all my christian life 3 years ago when everything got out of control about the prosperity gospel I started seeking after truth then jesus said follow me. I syop tithing 3 years ago to find out for myself if I will be curse the thing is I only learned that God is love he has great plans for us and our children will be bless by the lord. People really made God to be ugly and selfish. Pls understand Jesus paid the price once and for all my finances is restored my relationships with friends and family is beautiful now I find out for myself that when you love God others benefit from that love if you want to touch God you touch someone or love someone you see I'm doing good no curse there its not about paying or not paying but because he has made us righteous set us free from the curse in his last words TETELESTAI. IT IS FINISH
Gary's Malachi Chapter 3 comment on 1/22/2014, 10:22am...
Where does it say in the BIBLE, that the Tithes have to be one tenth?
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