Resistance to the Lord through Selfishness
3:6 “Since, I, the Lord, do not go back on my promises, 1 you, sons of Jacob, have not perished. 3:7 From the days of your ancestors you have ignored 2 my commandments 3 and have not kept them! Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord who rules over all. “But you say, ‘How should we return?’ 3:8 Can a person rob 4 God? You indeed are robbing me, but you say, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In tithes and contributions! 5 3:9 You are bound for judgment 6 because you are robbing me – this whole nation is guilty. 7
3:10 “Bring the entire tithe into the storehouse 8 so that there may be food in my temple. Test me in this matter,” says the Lord who rules over all, “to see if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until there is no room for it all. 3:11 Then I will stop the plague 9 from ruining your crops, 10 and the vine will not lose its fruit before harvest,” says the Lord who rules over all. 3:12 “All nations will call you happy, for you indeed will live in 11 a delightful land,” says the Lord who rules over all.