The Worry Behind Your Eyes

Ugly wall of worry

To some extent, we all put up a wall in our minds and hide a thought process behind it. Hopefully you don’t have many of these walls keeping your thoughts from those around you, but don’t lie — you know what I’m talking about.

I don’t want to get into the issues of shame and fear of man, though they’re common walls. What I’ve been meditating on is a big, ugly wall so many of us are hiding behind: worrying about money.

I’ve heard a lot of stories lately about how financial big wigs and missionaries alike are getting hit with the effects of the economy. Two IMs at my HOP had their phones shut off recently. It’s that bad.

So last night I was asking the Lord about His promise in Malachi:

“‘Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.'”
Malachi 3:10

I started to cry as I told the Lord I hadn’t seen the fulfillment of that promise (I have seen blessing, but not to the point of “not enough room to receive it”). He actually said to bachan (test) Him in His faithfulness.

So maybe this is an encouragement to all of you that God promised He would provide, maybe it’s a shout out to Him that I want to see it in my own life — or recognize it if I just haven’t noticed — I don’t really know. All I know is that God keeps His promises and this is no exception. It’s just hard to see sometimes.

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12 thoughts on “The Worry Behind Your Eyes

  1. Read Galatians 3:10/Deu 27:26. The only way to receive blessings from tithing is to keep all 613 commandments of th Law.

    1. Post-Calvary Christian giving principles in Second Corinthians are superior to tithing. (1) Giving is a “grace.” (2) Give yourself to God first. (3) Give yourself to knowing God’s will. (4) Give in response to Christ’s gift. (5) Give out of a sincere desire. (6) Do not give because of any commandment (8:8, 10; 9:7). (7) Give beyond your ability. (8) Give to produce equality. (9) Give joyfully (8:2). (10) Give because you are growing spiritually. (11) Give to continue growing spiritually. (12) Give because you are hearing the gospel preached.

    2. Abraham’s tithed in Genesis 14 in obedience to pagan tradition. (1) He did not “freely” give. (2) His was NOT a holy tithe from God’s holy land by God’s holy people under God’s holy Covenant. (3) His was only from pagan spoils of war required in many nations. (4) In Num. 31, God required 1% of spoils. (5) His tithe to his priest-king was a one-time event. (6) Not from his personal property. (7) Kept nothing for himself. (8) Is not quoted to endorse tithing. (9) Most commentaries explain 14:21 as pagan Arab tradition, it is contradictory to explain the 90% of 14:21 as pagan, while insisting the 10% of 14:20 was obedience to God’s will. (10) If Abraham were an example for Christians to give 10%, he should also be an example for Christians to give the other 90% to Satan, or to the king of Sodom! (11) As priests, neither Abraham nor Jacob had a Levitical priesthood to support; they probably left food for the poor at their altars.

    3. Although money was common and essential for worship for over 1500 years, biblical tithes were always only food increased by God from inside Israel (Lev. 27:30, 32; see site for all 16 texts).

    4. Since only farmers and herdsmen tithed, there was no minimum standard requirement for most. Tradesmen such as carpenters (Jesus), Peter (fishermen) and Paul (tentmakers) did not qualify as tithe-payers. The poor and Gentiles did not tithe.

    5. Tithing was only commanded to national Israel under the terms of the Old Covenant. Tithing was never commanded to the Church after Calvary (Ex 19:5-6; Lev 27:34; Mal 4:4; Mt 23:23 matters of the law).

    6. Those who received the first whole tithe did not minister atonement (Num. 18:21-24; Neh10:37b). Priests only received 1% (a tenth of the tithe) (Num 18:25-28; Neh 10:38).

    7. In exchange for receiving tithes, both Levites and priests forfeited all rights to permanent land inheritance inside Israel (Num. 18:20-26).

    8. Firstfruits are not the same as tithes. Firstfruits were a very small token offering (Deu 26:1-4; Neh 10:35-37; Num 18:13-17). Tithes were the tenth and not the best; only 1% of the tithes included the best (Lev. 27:32, 33).

    9. There were 4 O.T. tithes: (1) Government taxes (1 Sam 8:14-17). (2) Levitical (Num. 18:21-28; Neh. 10:37-39). (3) Festival (Deu 12:1-19; 14:22-26). (3) Poor tithe every 3rd year (Deu 14:28-29; 26:12-13).

    10. Tithes were often taxes used to support Levite [politicians (1 Chron, chap 23 to 26; esp 23:2-5; 26:29-32; 27:5). Tithes never supported mission work (Ex 23:32; Heb 7:12-18).

    11. OT Levitical tithes were brought first to the Levitical cities and not to the Temple (Num 18; Neh 10:37-39; 2 Chron 31:15-19). Most Levites required tithes in their Levitical cities where 98% stayed (Num 35, Josh 20, 21).

    12. Malachi 3 is the most abused tithing text in the Bible. (1) Malachi is OT and is never quoted in the New Covenant to validate tithing. (2) Tithes are still only food. (3) His audience reaffirmed the OT curses (Neh.10:28-29). (4) The blessings and curses of tithing are identical to and inseparable from those of the entire Mosaic Law (Deu 28:12, 23-24; Gal 3:10/Deu 27:26). (5) “You” in Malachi refers to the dishonest priests and not the people (1:6-14; 2:1-10; 2:13 to 3:1-5). (6) The “whole” tithe never went to the Temple! (Neh 10:37b). (7) The Levitical cities must be included in a correct interpretation. (8) The 24 courses of Levites and priests must be included. (9) The “storehouse” in the Temple was only several rooms (Neh 13:5, 9). (9) “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse” only makes contextual sense if it is only commanding dishonest priests to replace the tithes they had removed from it or had failed to bring to it.

    13. The OT Temple and priesthood have been replaced by the priesthood of every believer. NT elders and pastors more closely resemble OT prophets who were not supported by tithes.

    14. Tithing was not legalized as a church law until AD 777. If was not introduced as a local regional law until the 6th century. See any reputable encyclopedia.

    15. NT giving principles are: freewill, sacrificial, generous, joyful, not by commandment or percentage and motivated by love for God and lost souls.

    From the book, Should the Church Teach Tithing?
    http://www.tithing-russkelly.com russell-kelly@att.net

  2. I hadn’t wanted to get into a debate on tithing. I didn’t preface or expand upon the verse for that reason.

    Obviously you have studied the subject more than I. I intend to research the information you gave me more fully in the future, however simply reading your history lesson, I will respond.

    I think Jesus came to fulfill the law, not to destroy it (Matt. 5.17). I love the Old Testament and I also think it should be taken hand-in-hand with the New. Think I abused that particular verse? Alright, pick another one…pick Luke 6:38 (give and it will be given to you). My concern is not with the term “tithing,” call it whatever you want. But whatever you call it, the Lord promised that He would give to those who gave. Heck, he promised He would take care of our basic needs in Matthew 6. Like I said, maybe this post was simply a shout out to God asking Him to open my eyes so I could see the blessings He is giving me.

    Has the Church misquoted Scripture to fit her tithe theology? Absolutely. But that wasn’t my point. My point was that I can’t make pay my bills and I don’t know why.

  3. Galatians 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law having been made a curse for us
    Colossians 2:14 read where he abolished all Ordinances the one in Malachi 3:7 to the Cross and cancelled it.

    Acts 15:28 Gentiles where not given the Tithe command by the Apostles or Holy Spirit.

  4. What I was trying to say is that since Christ went to the cross to cancel our debts and free us from the curse of the law-Gal.3:13 Gods favor and His blessing comes by our position in Christ. Not by any of our works of righteousness, including tithing. When he Cried it is finished that means he fulfilled the law (that we could not keep perfectly) for us.
    He gave us his righteousness. People trying to earn it on their own merit are voiding what the Lord did and putting themselves back under the law (the curse). Read the whole book of Galatians and Romans!

  5. HEBREWS CHAPTER 8 VERSES 6-13 Sums it up: On the tithe issue.

    6But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

    7For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

    8For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

    9Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.

  6. To Alyssa if you are still out there:

    Please take note of the above Scriptures that declare the New Covenant as a better than the Old one. The old one did not have Jesus and the Cross but only a type and shadow of what was to come. Like a coming attraction. You love the Old Testament but do you realize that there would be a lot of stoning folks to death for not keeping all of those six hundred and thirteen Old Testament Laws. Including watching TV on the Sabbath, talking back to parents (most all kids would be stoned) and for the ones committing adultery that would do away with half the people in our Churches. No give me the Grace unearned and Grace undeserved any day!

  7. DTM
    Wow! that much sin still in the Church that half would be gone for adultery. Maybe we should go back under the law and works.

  8. Well yeah it is that much sin. Maybe I am a being pessimistic because my wife committed adultery and divorced me and I know of many other divorced Christians who have gone through the same thing so maybe I am not the best judge of character right now. If you factor in what Jesus said that if you even look at a woman with lust that is the same as the act itself the number of adulteries might go up.

    Anyway, I was trying to make a point that there would be no one left standing if we were still under the law of Moses because no one could keep the law perfectly, which is why we needed Jesus our Bridge to God to come rescue us and pay for our sins in the first place. Besides people think they good when the bible makes it plain outside of Jesus, the Light of the world, we are in darkness.

    Romans 3:10
    “As it is written, “Not even one person is righteous.”

  9. They are making tithe payers believe they have earned a blessing by their own payments instead of the one Jesus died to make on Calvary!

  10. Galatians 3:10
    All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”

    Galatians 3:11
    “So it is clear that no one can be made right with God by trying to keep the law. For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”

    Romans 8:32
    “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?” – Please re-read this real slow and let it sink in_

    Hebrews 7: 28
    Moses’ Teachings designated mortals as chief priests even though they had weaknesses. But God’s promise, which came after Moses’ Teachings, designated the Son who forever accomplished everything that God required.

  11. Hey You all forgot these New Testament Scriptures

    2nd Corinthian 9:7 “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”.

    (Come on people is the above instruction a demand to tithe
    sounds like it is voluntary to any one who can read and uses logic).

    Colossians 2:14 “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross”.

    (That Malachi 3 verse is an ordinance).

    Matthew 23:23 don’t even think about quoting this verse because a).Jesus was speaking to Jews before He went Calvary’s Cross.b). He did not praise them for their tithing. c). He placed mercy over tithing!

    Give the Lord the glory he is due for the work Jesus finished on the Cross, Not your tithe record! With that said maybe you all need to think about who is really robbing God.

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