If you tithe, you are cursed with a curse
God has made it so that, the possibility of obeying the law of tithing at this time does not exist.
There is no temple. Even if you are a Jew, the Jew of the Jew, you cannot pay tithe.
But for gentile Christians who are still trying to pay the tithe, it is double tragedy.
You claim that Jesus has become a curse for you, by hanging on a tree
But you allow yourself to be trapped by the law of tithing which you cannot obey as it is laid out.
So you become cursed with a curse because cursed is anyone who does not continue to obey all the law.
So it’s either you run into Christ or you are cursed with a curse trying to obey the law. You cannot mix it. You cannot be born both by the Hagar (receiving things by law) and Sarah (receiving things by promise).
So they want to get you to run away from the curse and you run into a curse.
Malachi said you are cursed with a curse if you don’t bring all the tithe into his house. But you cannot bring all the tithe (let’s even say tithe can be cash) into God’s house, because that “House” is no more.
When Israel had no temple when they were dispersed to many nations, there could not tithe then, because there was no temple.
There were synagogues (like we have churches now). But they were not expected to bring in the tithes into the synagogues, so they were not expected to bring in the tithes at all. The levitical priesthood is tied to the temple. Without the temple, their activity cannot take place.
I can imagine the Jews laughing at Christians now.
They will say: “even though I was a farmer, when Israel had no temple, I know I did not have to being any tithe, but these Christians who are no farmers, who are bankers, still think they should bring tithe, when they say Jesus is their temple. Why are they so bewitched. I will rather continue with my Judaism than join these confused Christians. With confused identity (I will talk about that later.)”.
Now that there is a change of priesthood, there is a change of the law.
Do you know that Israel never paid tithe before the erection of the temple. Even though it was in the law of Moses? They know that it would have to be brought to the city that God chose among all others in Israel, to God’s habitation. And many years later, it was in Jerusalem. Now there is no temple in Jerusalem.
Read Moses (Deuteronomy 12)
17. Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of thine hand:
18 But thou must eat them before the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto.
Did you see that you are supposed to eat your tithe? But that is not even my point now.
If I have to bring the tithe, and there is no temple, it means I cannot bring the tithe. The law of tithing cannot operate since there is no standing temple.
This is not a joking matter.
So Malachi said bring in all the tithe into my house. The house there is singular. It is the temple in Jerusalem.
Nothing else. At the time Malachi was writing it was about the temple Zechariah wrote about that Zerubabbel was building. After that building was erected,God said the people should bring the tithe there.
How Christians can believe that is talking about them is beyond me. Even Jews in this 21st century knows that is not talking about them, because there is no “house” now. Or you want to take your tithe to that Mosque in Jerusalem. It’s not me and you.
To quote Malachi 3 as the basis of paying tithe now is to injure Christianity. It means something else to us, because we see Christ as the fulfillment of the Law, and the writings of the prophets even point to him.