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September 18, 2019
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Pastor Robert Morris Ministries

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: So, tithing is the test.
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  • And, but, here's something that you might know,
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  • it's a two-way test.
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  • God not only tests you, but this is the only place
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  • in Scripture that I've found where God says,
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  • "You can test Me."
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  • Welcome to The Blessed Life.
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  • Did you know that the Bible actually says in one place
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  • that you can test God?
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  • Stay tuned.
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  • ROBERT: Turn to two passages, please, Malachi 3.
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  • Last book of the Old Testament, Malachi 3
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  • and then 2 Chronicles 31, we'll go over there in a moment.
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  • And we're going to go through a lot of Scripture
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  • in this message.
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  • And I want to show you that tithing is Scriptural
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  • and it is in God's Word.
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  • So, Malachi 3:6, this is where we'll start.
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  • Malachi 3:6, "For I am the Lord, I do not change."
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  • That's very important.
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  • I don't change.
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  • "I do not change.
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  • Therefore, you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob."
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  • Now, I think that's humorous.
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  • He says, "I don't change, that's why I haven't
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  • killed you yet, personally."
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  • That's what I think He's saying there.
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  • I was nice and I'm still nice.
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  • All right?
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  • Verse 7, "Yet from the days of your fathers,
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  • you have gone away from My ordinances."
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  • Now, we're going to come back to that word, "ordinance,"
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  • what does it mean?
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  • "And have not kept them.
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  • Return to Me and I will return to you,'
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  • says the Lord of Hosts.
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  • 'But you said, 'In what way shall we return.'"
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  • Now, before we read Verse 8, let me just remind you,
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  • this is God talking, this is God,
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  • the God who does not change.
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  • This is the God who does not change talking.
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  • He said, "You go away from My ordinances."
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  • I just need to probably tell you, the word, "ordinance,"
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  • means a principle of ordinary behavior.
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  • You've gone away from my principles of ordinary behavior
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  • for God's children.
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  • And they say, "Well, in what way?"
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  • Now, I want you to notice this because this next verse,
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  • a preacher didn't make this up.
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  • OK?
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  • This is God speaking.
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  • Verse 8, "Will a man rob God or steal from God?
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  • Yet you have robbed Me, you have stolen from Me.
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  • But you say, 'In what way have we robbed you?'"
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  • Now, watch again.
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  • This is God talking.
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  • "'In tithes and offerings.
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  • You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me,
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  • even this whole nation.
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  • Bring all the tithes into the storehouse,'"
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  • that would be the church, "'that there may be food
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  • in My house,'" again, that's the church,
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  • "'and try,'" the old King James uses the word, "prove."
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  • The English Standard Version uses the word, "test."
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  • "'Test Me now in this,' says the Lord of Hosts."
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  • I just want you to understand how many times
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  • He puts says Lord of Hosts so we remember who's talking here,
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  • the one who can't change is talking.
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  • "'Test Me,' says the Lord of Hosts.
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  • 'If I will not open for you the windows of heaven
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  • and pour out for you such blessings, that there will not
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  • be room enough to receive it, and I will rebuke the devourer
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  • for your sakes -- for your sakes.
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  • So that He will not destroy the fruit of your ground,
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  • nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,'
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  • says the Lord of Hosts.
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  • 'And all nations will call you, blessed, for you will be
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  • a delightful land,' says the Lord of Hosts."
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  • This is God talking and this is the God who can't change.
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  • You have to remember that.
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  • And He says, "You've gone away from My ordinances.
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  • You've gone away from My ordinary principles of behavior.
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  • Tithing is an ordinary principle of behavior for God's children
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  • to thank God for their income, for their harvest,
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  • for their increase.
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  • That's an ordinary principle.
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  • And He said, "Because you've gone away
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  • from my ordinary principles, you're under a curse now."
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  • Now, you need to understand so many times we say,
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  • "Well, Christians can't be under a curse because Christ
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  • bore the curse of the law on the cross."
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  • He did.
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  • That is in regards to our salvation.
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  • But are you saying then that you can live anyway you want
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  • and it doesn't affect you?
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  • Is that what you're saying?
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  • Because that's just crazy to think that way.
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  • See, if we steal, there are consequences.
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  • A curse is a consequence.
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  • If you steal, there's a consequence.
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  • What if you steal from God?
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  • And so many people say, "Well, yeah, but the Lord
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  • owns it all."
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  • Yes, but He actually gives us stewardship over it,
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  • but He reserves ten percent for Himself.
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  • That's why He says you've stolen because He says,
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  • "I have set apart the tithe for the house of God."
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  • So, if you keep it, you're stealing it.
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  • And this word is also used in Joshua 6:7,
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  • when they took the tithe they were supposed to bring,
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  • He said, "Israel has stolen."
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  • And again, please hear me.
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  • I didn't make these words up.
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  • These are strong words.
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  • God says, "You've stolen from me.
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  • You've robbed me and because of that, you're under a curse
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  • and I don't want you under a curse.
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  • I don't want you living under a curse,
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  • but you're voluntarily placing yourself under a curse
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  • because you're going away from my ordinary principles
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  • of behavior."
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  • And so, I had a conversation with the Lord one time,
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  • and I said, "Lord, the number one reason that I hear
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  • that people don't tithe is they say, "Well,
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  • that's in the Old Testament."
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  • That's in the Old Testament.
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  • And so, I said to the Lord, "You know, Lord,
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  • You put in this in Malachi 3 and then there's a Malachi 4
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  • and then Matthew 1.
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  • Couldn't you have just waited?
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  • I mean, just a little while.
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  • I mean, that, you know, these verses only missed
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  • the New Testament by like 15 verses.
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  • I mean, couldn't you have just waited just a little while
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  • and put it..."
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  • You know what the Lord said?
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  • I just felt in my spirit.
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  • He said, "I put it right where I wanted it."
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  • And the reason is, here's point number one,
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  • because tithing is a test.
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  • Tithing is a test.
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  • See, God is testing our hearts.
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  • Even when a person argues about tithing,
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  • I think to myself, what is the spirit behind this?
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  • Why would this person argue when God gave His Son for you
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  • and you won't even give Him ten percent?
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  • Why would you argue about this?
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  • It's amazing to me.
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  • I'm telling you, it's a test of your heart.
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  • It's a test.
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  • Now, here's why I believe He chose ten percent.
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  • By the way, the word, "tithe," is a Hebrew word.
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  • "Maasrah," is the Hebrew word and it means tenth part
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  • or ten percent, tenth part, tenth, ok.
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  • So, that's where we get this from that we know
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  • it's ten percent.
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  • Here's why I think He chose ten percent.
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  • First of all, I think He chose a percentage
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  • because it's fair to everyone.
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  • It doesn't matter if you make $30.000 or $300.000,
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  • it's a penny on every dime.
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  • It's the same for every person.
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  • But here's a reason I think He chose ten.
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  • Because for some reason, many times when you see
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  • the number ten in the Bible, it represents testing.
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  • You'll actually see the word, "test," with it.
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  • For instance, let's take a little test.
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  • All right?
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  • I'm going to ask you a question and I want you to answer me
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  • out loud.
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  • All the campuses, all the churches,
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  • just say your answer out loud, all right?
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  • Here's the first question.
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  • How many plagues were there in Egypt?
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  • Ten, right?
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  • Now, I could have said it a different way.
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  • I could have said, how many times did God test
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  • Pharaoh's heart?
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  • Because that's what He did.
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  • But, we're familiar with how many plagues there were.
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  • All right?
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  • Here's the second question.
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  • How many commandments are there?
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  • Ten.
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  • OK.
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  • Now, I'm going to ask another question
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  • and you might not know this, but there's a pattern here.
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  • OK?
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  • And this is Numbers 14 where God actually says this,
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  • you can read it later, all right?
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  • But -- and then I want you to say your answer just
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  • a little louder, OK?
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  • How many times did God test Israel in the wilderness.
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  • That's correct. All right.
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  • How many times -- again, you might not know this, but -- OK.
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  • How many times were Jacob's wages changed?
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  • Ten.
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  • God was testing his heart.
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  • How many days was Daniel tested?
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  • How many virgins were tested in Matthew 25?
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  • How many days of testing are mentioned in Revelation?
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  • How many disciples were there?
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  • No, there were 12.
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  • I was just testing you.
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  • I was just testing.
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  • So, tithing is a test.
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  • But here's something that you might not know,
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  • it's a two-way test.
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  • God not only tests you, but this is the only place
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  • in Scripture that I've found where God says,
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  • "You can test Me."
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  • Test Me.
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  • This word, "Try," that is sometimes translate "test,"
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  • or "prove," comes from the way you test a metal,
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  • the way you test gold to see if it's pure.
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  • You know what God is saying, "Test Me to see if I'm pure.
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  • I want you to.
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  • I want you to see because I want to open
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  • the windows of Heaven.
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  • I want to bless you.
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  • I want to rebuke the devour for you, but it depends on
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  • whether you're going to thank Me and worship Me
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  • and walk in faith and whether you're going to believe
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  • that 90% with God's blessing will go farther
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  • than 100% without.
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  • And you open an area of faith when we do this.
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  • All right, here's number two.
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  • Number one, tithing's a test.
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  • Here's number two, tithing is biblical.
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  • Biblical.
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  • You need to know that it's biblical.
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  • There are a lot of people that don't tithe.
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  • And here's really, you're not a bad person
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  • if you don't tithe.
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  • You're not a bad person.
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  • I'm not saying that at all.
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  • Not at all.
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  • You're not a rebellious person.
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  • But a lot of people don't really believe
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  • it's in the Bible.
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  • They don't really believe it's for us today.
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  • So, let me show you some Scriptures, all right?
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  • We'll get to 2 Chronicles 31 in a moment.
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  • Genesis 14:18-20, "Then Melchizedek, King of Salem,"
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  • Salem means peace, "brought out bread and wine."
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  • There's a representation of communion
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  • even in the Old Testament.
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  • "He was the priest of God Most High.
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  • And He blessed him," now that's talking about Abram,
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  • Abraham, Abram, "and said, 'Blessed be Abram of God
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  • Most High, possessor of heaven and earth,
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  • and blessed be God Most High who has delivered your enemies
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  • into your hand.'"
  • 00:10:30.200 --> 00:10:31.190
  • Now watch this.
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  • "And he," that's Abram Abraham, "gave him," that's Melchizedek,
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  • "a tithe of all."
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  • OK.
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  • You need to know, if you don't know this,
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  • theologically, this is about 500 years before the law.
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  • And Galatians says, "Abraham is our spiritual father."
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  • And Melchizedek, Hebrews says, is a type of Christ,
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  • and many theologians believe it's actually Jesus Christ,
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  • because it says he has no genealogy.
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  • That's what Hebrews says.
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  • No mother, no father, no beginning of days,
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  • no end of life.
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  • IT's pretty amazing.
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  • So, it's either Jesus Himself or a type of Christ,
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  • and our spiritual father, tithes, gives ten percent,
  • 00:11:10.170 --> 00:11:14.070
  • 500 years before the law.
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  • Look at Genesis 28:22, this is talking about Jacob.
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  • And this stone, which I've set up as a pillar
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  • shall be God's house.
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  • Again, an implication that the tithe goes to God's house.
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  • And of all that you give me, I will surely give
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  • a tenth to you.
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  • This is about 400 years before the law.
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  • Leviticus 27:30, "And all the tithe of the land,"
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  • all of it.
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  • "All the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land
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  • or the fruit of the tree is the Lord's."
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  • In other words, it belongs to the God.
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  • "It is holy to the Lord."
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  • Remember the word, "holy," means set apart.
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  • God has set it apart for him.
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  • That's the only reason He could say, "You're stealing
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  • from me because I set that apart for my house
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  • and if you keep it, then you're stealing it."
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  • Deuteronomy 26:1-2, "And it shall be when you come into
  • 00:12:08.260 --> 00:12:12.280
  • the land, which the Lord your God has given you
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  • as an inheritance and you possess it and dwell in it,
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  • that you shall take some of you the first, I'll show you
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  • next week in just a moment, and later down in this passage
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  • how that refers to the tithe, first of all the produce
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  • of the ground, which you shall bring from the land
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  • that the Lord your God is giving you
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  • and you put it in a basket," now watch this,
  • 00:12:31.250 --> 00:12:33.160
  • "and go to the place where the Lord, your God,
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  • chooses to make His name abide, again, referring to church.
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  • Where you go to church.
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  • You go to a place where the Lord chooses to make His name abide.
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  • Then look at Verse 13.
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  • "Then you shall say before the Lord your God,
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  • "I have removed the holy tithe."
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  • In other words, the set apart ten percent.
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  • "The holy tithe from my house and have given them
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  • to the Levite, the stranger, the fathers and the widow."
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  • He directed where the tithe was to go.
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  • "According to all Your commandments,
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  • which You have commanded me.
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  • I've mot transgressed Your commandments,
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  • nor have I forgotten them.
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  • I've not eaten any of it when in mourning."
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  • I didn't use some of the tithe when I went through
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  • a difficult time.
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  • "Nor, have I removed any of it for any unclean use,
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  • nor given any of it for the dead.
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  • I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, my God
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  • and done according to all that You have commanded me.
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  • Look down from Your holy habitation from heaven
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  • and blessed Your people."
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  • I've removed the holy set apart tenth part from my house
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  • and I've given it, brought it to Your house, Lord.
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  • And now, He says, "After you do that,
  • 00:13:39.260 --> 00:13:42.100
  • you can pray this prayer.
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  • Look down from heaven and bless Your servant."
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  • OK.
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  • Let me ask you a question, all right?
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  • If Jesus said it, that you ought to tithe, would you do it?
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  • You want to see the verse?
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  • Matthew 23:23, Jesus is speaking, "Woe to you scribes
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  • and Pharisees, hypocrites!
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  • For you pay tithe," ten percent, "a mint, anise, and cumin,"
  • 00:14:04.170 --> 00:14:11.130
  • those are spices, "and have neglected
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  • the weightier matters of the law:
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  • justice and mercy and faith."
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  • Watch very carefully.
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  • "These you ought to have done without leaving
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  • the others undone."
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  • OK, here's what Jesus said.
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  • "You guys give tithes not only of your first fruits,
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  • but you even give tithes of the spices that you're going to
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  • put on your food, but you've neglected justice,
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  • mercy, and faith."
  • 00:14:44.100 --> 00:14:45.250
  • Then Jesus says, "You ought to do that.
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  • You ought to do that.
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  • But don't leave the other undone."
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  • That's Jesus.
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  • You tithe, but you don't do this.
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  • You ought to do that, but don't leave this undone."
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  • Or, "You ought to do those things,
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  • but don't leave that undone."
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  • Either way.
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  • OK.
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  • Hebrews talks about, again, Melchizedek and Jesus
  • 00:15:15.220 --> 00:15:18.280
  • and how mortal men receive tithes on this earth.
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  • But, let me show you what Hebrew says, talking about
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  • Jesus is our Melchizedek.
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  • Watch this.
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  • Hebrews 7:8, "Here, mortal men receive tithes,
  • 00:15:27.210 --> 00:15:33.260
  • but there He receives them of whom it is witness
  • 00:15:33.290 --> 00:15:40.260
  • that He lives."
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  • Listen, you put your tithe in a plate or offering bag
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  • or basket, however it is that you give your tithe,
  • 00:15:45.160 --> 00:15:48.040
  • mortal men take care of it, manage it, things like that,
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  • but listen, in Heaven, He receives it,
  • 00:15:51.140 --> 00:15:54.070
  • of whom it is witnessed, He lives.
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  • Jesus Christ receives my tithes.
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  • That makes me want to tithe.
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  • So, it is biblical.
  • 00:16:02.270 --> 00:16:04.230
  • And here's number three.
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  • Tithing is a blessing.
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  • Tithing is a blessing.
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  • OK.
  • 00:16:10.160 --> 00:16:12.040
  • So, let me tell you about 2 Chronicles 31.
  • 00:16:12.070 --> 00:16:14.170
  • Now, we're going to read there.
  • 00:16:14.200 --> 00:16:15.270
  • So, if you put a marker at 2 Chronicles 31.
  • 00:16:16.000 --> 00:16:18.170
  • Hezekiah one day is reading the Scriptures.
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  • And he sees these verses about tithing.
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  • And they're in an economic recession.
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  • And he realizes, "We're under a curse,
  • 00:16:29.170 --> 00:16:32.160
  • the whole nation, because we're not tithing.
  • 00:16:32.190 --> 00:16:35.040
  • We're stealing from God."
  • 00:16:35.070 --> 00:16:36.120
  • So, that's where we pick up this story, 2 Chronicles 31:4,
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  • "Moreover, he commanded the people who dwelt
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  • in Jerusalem to contribute support for the priest
  • 00:16:43.100 --> 00:16:47.080
  • and the Levites that they might devote themselves
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  • to the law of the Lord."
  • 00:16:50.250 --> 00:16:52.280
  • Now, I just want -- just stop for just a moment.
  • 00:16:53.010 --> 00:16:55.070
  • Remember, Malachi said, "Bring the tithe
  • 00:16:55.100 --> 00:16:57.230
  • in the storehouse that there may be food in my house."
  • 00:16:57.260 --> 00:17:01.000
  • And again, they were talking about natural food.
  • 00:17:01.030 --> 00:17:03.030
  • But think about it today, spiritual food.
  • 00:17:03.060 --> 00:17:06.160
  • In fact, let me just ask you something.
  • 00:17:06.190 --> 00:17:08.080
  • All right.
  • 00:17:08.110 --> 00:17:10.080
  • When you come to church, do you enjoy the food,
  • 00:17:10.110 --> 00:17:11.180
  • the spiritual food that you get?
  • 00:17:11.210 --> 00:17:13.040
  • Do you enjoy it?
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  • Someone's paying for it.
  • 00:17:14.100 --> 00:17:16.070
  • So, let me ask you a question.
  • 00:17:16.100 --> 00:17:17.100
  • Let me just put it in a -- talking about food here,
  • 00:17:17.130 --> 00:17:18.280
  • let me give you an analogy.
  • 00:17:19.010 --> 00:17:20.050
  • Would any of you here go to a restaurant, eat a meal,
  • 00:17:20.080 --> 00:17:25.040
  • and then leave without paying for it?
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  • Any of you?
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  • Some Christians do that every week.
  • 00:17:42.000 --> 00:17:46.230
  • They go to church, eat a meal, and skip out on the check.
  • 00:17:46.260 --> 00:17:52.280
  • Here's the sad thing.
  • 00:17:53.010 --> 00:17:56.020
  • You're the one that's hurting.
  • 00:17:56.050 --> 00:17:58.060
  • I don't preach on tithing because the church needs money.
  • 00:17:58.090 --> 00:18:01.080
  • We're doing fine financially.
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  • I promise you I'm doing this to help you.
  • 00:18:03.130 --> 00:18:05.270
  • This'll change your life, your family, your finances,
  • 00:18:06.000 --> 00:18:08.240
  • your marriage, your children,
  • 00:18:08.270 --> 00:18:10.170
  • your grandchildren.
  • 00:18:10.200 --> 00:18:12.010
  • This will change you.
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  • I promise you.
  • 00:18:14.080 --> 00:18:18.270
  • All right.
  • 00:18:19.000 --> 00:18:20.170
  • So, he puts out -- He says, "Everyone needs to bring
  • 00:18:20.200 --> 00:18:23.010
  • the tithe to the house of God."
  • 00:18:23.040 --> 00:18:25.060
  • Now, look at Verse 5, "As soon as the commandment
  • 00:18:25.090 --> 00:18:29.080
  • was circulated, the children of Israel brought in abundance
  • 00:18:29.110 --> 00:18:31.250
  • the first fruits."
  • 00:18:31.280 --> 00:18:33.110
  • Again, I'll show you next week how that relates to the tithe.
  • 00:18:33.140 --> 00:18:35.240
  • "Of grain and wine, oil, and honey,
  • 00:18:35.270 --> 00:18:38.270
  • and of all the produce of the field, and they brought
  • 00:18:39.000 --> 00:18:42.000
  • in abundantly the tithe of everything."
  • 00:18:42.030 --> 00:18:44.270
  • There it is right there showing you it's the tithe.
  • 00:18:45.000 --> 00:18:46.200
  • "And the children of Israel and Judah,
  • 00:18:46.230 --> 00:18:48.280
  • who dwelt in the cities of Judah brought the tithe
  • 00:18:49.010 --> 00:18:50.240
  • of oxen and sheep.
  • 00:18:50.270 --> 00:18:52.230
  • Also, the tithe of holy things, which were consecrated
  • 00:18:52.260 --> 00:18:55.090
  • to the Lord, their God, they laid in heaps.
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  • In the third month, they begin laying in heaps
  • 00:18:58.130 --> 00:19:01.100
  • and they finished in the seventh month."
  • 00:19:01.130 --> 00:19:03.120
  • Now, these months relate to the harvest.
  • 00:19:03.150 --> 00:19:05.070
  • OK?
  • 00:19:05.100 --> 00:19:06.060
  • "And when Hezekiah and the leaders came
  • 00:19:06.090 --> 00:19:08.120
  • and saw the heaps they blessed the Lord
  • 00:19:08.150 --> 00:19:10.050
  • and His people Israel.
  • 00:19:10.080 --> 00:19:11.120
  • Then Hezekiah questioned the priest and the Levites
  • 00:19:11.150 --> 00:19:14.220
  • concerning the heaps.
  • 00:19:14.250 --> 00:19:16.240
  • And Ezeriah, the Chief Priest from the House of Zadok
  • 00:19:16.270 --> 00:19:19.080
  • answered him and said, 'Since the people began
  • 00:19:19.110 --> 00:19:22.020
  • to bring the offerings into the house of the Lord,'"
  • 00:19:22.050 --> 00:19:25.160
  • again the tithe always comes -- goes to the House of God,
  • 00:19:25.190 --> 00:19:27.280
  • "'we have had enough to eat and have plenty left for
  • 00:19:28.010 --> 00:19:32.030
  • the Lord has blessed His people and what is left
  • 00:19:32.060 --> 00:19:37.140
  • is this great abundance.'"
  • 00:19:37.170 --> 00:19:39.020
  • OK.
  • 00:19:39.050 --> 00:19:39.260
  • Here's what happens.
  • 00:19:39.290 --> 00:19:41.010
  • The King sends out the -- this commandment and says,
  • 00:19:41.040 --> 00:19:44.150
  • "We're supposed to be tithing to the House of God.
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  • So, the people begin doing it.
  • 00:19:46.140 --> 00:19:47.270
  • They begin in the third month, which is a harvest time,
  • 00:19:48.000 --> 00:19:50.250
  • but then there is another harvest, the seventh month.
  • 00:19:50.280 --> 00:19:53.100
  • And they continue through that time.
  • 00:19:53.130 --> 00:19:55.070
  • And so, when the king comes to visit and sees these heaps,
  • 00:19:55.100 --> 00:19:59.040
  • heaps that the people brought to the house of God.
  • 00:19:59.070 --> 00:20:01.000
  • Here's what in essence he says.
  • 00:20:01.030 --> 00:20:02.130
  • It says, "He questioned them about the heaps."
  • 00:20:02.160 --> 00:20:04.100
  • Here's what he was saying.
  • 00:20:04.130 --> 00:20:05.130
  • "Are the people OK?
  • 00:20:05.160 --> 00:20:07.180
  • Are they OK?
  • 00:20:07.210 --> 00:20:08.160
  • I mean, look how much they've given
  • 00:20:08.190 --> 00:20:10.070
  • or do they have enough left?"
  • 00:20:10.100 --> 00:20:12.270
  • And the Priest said, "Oh, King, as soon as the people
  • 00:20:13.000 --> 00:20:18.100
  • started to do it God's way, God so blessed them,
  • 00:20:18.130 --> 00:20:24.000
  • what you're seeing here is just the ten percent.
  • 00:20:24.030 --> 00:20:27.000
  • If you think there heaps here, go look at the 90%.
  • 00:20:27.030 --> 00:20:31.070
  • Go look at how God blessed His people when they began
  • 00:20:31.100 --> 00:20:33.130
  • obeying His Word."
  • 00:20:33.160 --> 00:20:36.100
  • I've been in ministry now for over 30 years.
  • 00:20:36.130 --> 00:20:40.180
  • I've heard two testimonies for that time about tithing --
  • 00:20:40.210 --> 00:20:44.240
  • consistent testimonies.
  • 00:20:44.270 --> 00:20:46.110
  • You know, Scripture says in the mouth of two
  • 00:20:46.140 --> 00:20:48.100
  • or three witnesses.
  • 00:20:48.130 --> 00:20:49.170
  • OK, here are the two testimonies people have said to me.
  • 00:20:49.200 --> 00:20:53.030
  • Tithers consistently have said to me, "We are so blessed.
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  • Boy, it all changed when we began tithing.
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  • We are so blessed, Pastor Robert.
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  • We are so blessed."
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  • That's what tithers have said.
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  • Here's what non-tithers have said.
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  • "I can't afford to tithe."
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  • That's their testimony.
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  • I can't afford to tithe.
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  • And again, not mean, not rebellious people, just,
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  • "I can't afford to tithe."
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  • Listen to me, you will never be able to afford to tithe
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  • until you tithe.
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  • Because tithing is what breaks the curse
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  • and rebukes the devourer.
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  • As soon as you start to get ahead, something else
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  • will break because the devourer.
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  • But tithing is what rebukes him.
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  • Think about this, Jesus said, "I'm going away for a while."
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  • Is that right?
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  • "I'm going away, but I'm coming back.
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  • But, while I'm gone, I want you to take care of My wife.
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  • Ten percent, you can keep the 90."
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  • Let me just -- just to remind you, is the church
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  • the Bride of Christ?
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  • OK.
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  • Listen to me very carefully.
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  • Tithing might be more personal to Jesus than what you thought
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  • because it's His wife.
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  • He has the power -- and if you say, "Why?
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  • I can't believe you just take it away
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  • and give to the others."
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  • If you don't think Jesus will do that,
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  • read the parable of the talents."
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  • When he took from the one that wasn't faithful
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  • and gave it to the one who was faithful.
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  • He wants to provide for you.
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  • But why would He provide and bless people
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  • who will not even be concerned about His wife.
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  • It's a test.
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  • And it's very important that we pass this test.
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  • Every time we get paid, we take a test.
  • 00:22:55.120 --> 00:22:58.280
  • And that test is, whom are we going to honor
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  • for our paycheck.
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  • And we want to honor God.
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  • And I want to encourage you, tithe to your local church.
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  • Put God first in every area of your life,
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  • including your finances.
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  • that I can't cover each week on the television program,
  • 00:23:23.260 --> 00:23:26.060
  • or even every day as we go on television in many places,
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  • so, I want to encourage you, get the series,
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  • get the book, let God speak to you,
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  • and be the generous person that God created you to be.
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  • See you next time.
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  • For me, it was kind of, a stay away from that
  • 00:25:01.280 --> 00:25:03.260
  • and let's talk about other things and let's get
  • 00:25:03.290 --> 00:25:05.240
  • God involved in all the other aspects of my life,
  • 00:25:05.270 --> 00:25:07.210
  • but, you know what, the money thing,
  • 00:25:07.240 --> 00:25:09.080
  • let's just kind of hold that off.
  • 00:25:09.110 --> 00:25:10.180
  • And it was a real struggle for me.
  • 00:25:10.210 --> 00:25:11.250
  • You know, it came down to, basically, if I really say
  • 00:25:11.280 --> 00:25:14.190
  • I'm putting God first in my life, then prove it.
  • 00:25:14.220 --> 00:25:17.120
  • At first, the definition of tithing to me was,
  • 00:25:17.150 --> 00:25:19.280
  • an admission ticket to church, as sad as that sounds to say.
  • 00:25:20.010 --> 00:25:23.140
  • It was, I'd go to church and we'd pull money
  • 00:25:23.170 --> 00:25:26.000
  • out of the wallet and put in the basket.
  • 00:25:26.030 --> 00:25:28.200
  • But, I think there was like a progression.
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  • I think that that took place and really felt like
  • 00:25:30.030 --> 00:25:32.150
  • the Holy Spirit was saying, "This is something that
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  • I really I want for you.
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  • I want for you to do.
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  • You need to do it."
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  • And we talked about it a lot.
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  • Prayed about it.
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  • We were not in the same places probably the same time,
  • 00:25:41.170 --> 00:25:46.010
  • I think regarding it, and stuff.
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  • But, you know, we just prayed, and I was like, OK,
  • 00:25:50.230 --> 00:25:52.210
  • if this is something you want us to do, Lord,
  • 00:25:52.240 --> 00:25:53.280
  • then we're going to need your help to kind of --
  • 00:25:54.010 --> 00:25:57.090
  • to move us and to help bring this about.
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  • I started to feel a great sense of peace for work,
  • 00:25:59.260 --> 00:26:02.230
  • or for our personal life, for our family.
  • 00:26:02.260 --> 00:26:05.150
  • I know that God's in control.
  • 00:26:05.180 --> 00:26:08.000
  • And if I'm doing the right thing and being a good steward
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  • of money or I'm being a good steward of my time
  • 00:26:10.030 --> 00:26:12.250
  • or being a good steward in trying to help build
  • 00:26:12.280 --> 00:26:15.180
  • His kingdom, He blesses me and pours into me with that
  • 00:26:15.210 --> 00:26:19.250
  • sense of calm and peace and confidence.
  • 00:26:19.280 --> 00:26:21.270
  • I think the hardest part is starting.
  • 00:26:22.000 --> 00:26:23.250
  • The hardest part is the first step.
  • 00:26:23.280 --> 00:26:26.070
  • And my challenge would be just do it.
  • 00:26:26.100 --> 00:26:29.210
  • Just do it.
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  • Put God first in your life.
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  • It doesn't mean you're always perfect,
  • 00:26:32.170 --> 00:26:33.270
  • but Him first in your life, especially in this area,
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  • and you'll be over blessed.
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  • My only regret is we didn't do it sooner.
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  • Better late than never.
  • 00:26:45.060 --> 00:26:46.090
  • Better late than never.
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