Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,
that there may be meat in my house . . .
The tither, unlike the almsgiver (whose right hand is not to know what the left hand is doing) is responsible to know exactly what he is doing. ALL of God's people (YE), (O.T. or N.T.), are responsible to BRING (not send) their tithes, which means that their presence is required. Not one single verse teaches a person to send his tithe anywhere. Obviously, this puts your radio, T.V., and Newsletter "pastor" friend and their supporters in an awkward position.
Wherever the destination of the tithe, one thing is certain; the entire tithe belongs there and not just a portion of it. Not one single verse teaches that the tithe may be split up.
Tithing is taught in both Testaments (Matt. 23:23, Heb. 3:8, 1 Cor. 9:13,14), before, during, and after the law. The tithe is the TENTH of ALL your increase. It is not what you have left after you pay your rent, your taxes, and/or your creditors. Honour the Lord . . . with the FIRSTFRUITS OF ALL thine increase . . . (Proverbs 3:9). It is the FIRSTFRUITS not the leftovers. Not one single verse teaches otherwise.
The tithe is not merely DROPPED OFF at the designated place or depository; it is to be brought INTO it. Church members, who tithe but do not bother to attend the church, which they tithe to, are not much better off than those, who send their tithes to their "T.V. pastor."
It is significant to note that the tithes are NOT to be brought into "A" storehouse; they are to be brought into "THE" storehouse. God expects His people to bring the tithes into the storehouse, which HE has designated - not just ANY storehouse. For those, who like the Hebrew, the same Hebrew word for storehouse is used for the TREASURY in Joshua 6:24, ". . .the silver and the gold . . . they put it in the TREASURY of the House of the Lord." The treasury is the storehouse, and the treasury is located in the house of the Lord. Not one single verse teaches otherwise.
THAT THERE MAY BE MEAT
Tithing in the N.T. serves the same purpose that it did in the O.T. "Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? . . . EVEN SO hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel" (1 Cor 9:13,14).
In the temple, there were some, who were appointed over the tithes (Neh. 12:40, 44) from which the temple ministers were supported. In the early N.T. assembly or church or congregation, the apostles were appointed over the money and valuables that were laid at their feet (Acts 4:37; 5:2). Not one single verse teaches otherwise.
IN MY HOUSE
Reason demands that if the "tithes" are to be brought into and stored in one certain depository or house, then they cannot be brought into another house. God instructs His people that the tithes belong to Him in His HOUSE (Heb. 3:5,6). In the N.T. Christ refers to MY CHURCH as MY HOUSE. The Lord does not use the word "MY" in reference to any other organization -- the Red Cross, Radio or T.V. Bible Class, Tex Humbug, and the Sword of the Lord notwithstanding. Not one single verse teaches otherwise.
Unto the PLACE which the Lord your God shall choose . . . to put HIS NAME there, even unto HIS HABITATION . . . thither there ye shall bring . . . your tithes . . . -- Deut. 12:5,6
There are certain parallel principles in both Testaments concerning the LORD's HOUSE: 1. The LORD's HOUSE is located in a definite PLACE. 2. It is the PLACE that the LORD CHOOSES. 3. The LORD puts HIS NAME there. 4. The LORD's HOUSE is His HABITATION. 5. The TITHES are to be BROUGHT INTO this HOUSE.
Israel's Old Testament HOUSE was left desolate (Matthew 28:38) and was replaced by CHRIST'S OWN HOUSE, whose HOUSE are we IF . . . IF . . . IF . . . (Heb. 3:5,6). Christ called the PLACE, "MY CHURCH (Matt. 16:18;18:15-18). The Lord added others to His House or Church (Acts 1:5; 2:41). Christ's N.T. house is also a temple that is "FITLY FRAMED TOGETHER" for an "HABITATION OF GOD" (Eph. 2:20,21;1 Cor. 3:9,16). Christ's OWN HOUSE is not the so-called "Invisible,Universal, mystical church of all believers. Such a church would require that we tithed to each other and to those, who have gone on to glory. To such a church, we should send INVISIBLE TITHES. Christ's N.T. HOUSE OF GOD is LOCAL or in a certain PLACE. It is the CHURCH OF THE LIVING GOD that is supposed to be BEHAVED in (1 Tim. 3:15). Not one single verse teaches any other kind!
Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed me. 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 storehouse . . . Mal. 3:8-10
Not one single verse teaches that the pattern for God's financial plan, outlined in Malachi 3:8-10. has changed, been fulfilled, modified, or been done away with. Not one single verse teaches a new financial pattern or plan. But you say, "Malachi is Old Testament." Don't bet your boots on it. Read Mal. 1:11; 2:9; 3:1; 4:1,2,5,6.
Anyone refusing to accept O.T. Scripture
(given for our example and admonition - 1 Cor. 10:6,11), need only show
God's NEW financial plan or pattern for tithing. It is one thing to have
O.T. scripture; it is another thing to have no scripture AT ALL.
The burden of proof is not on those, who believe God's Finacial plan and
pattern, which has not changed, it is on those, who seek to change or replace