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.
Resistance to the Lord through Self-sufficiency
3:13 “You have criticized me sharply,” 12 says the Lord, “but you ask, ‘How have we criticized you?’ 3:14 You have said, ‘It is useless to serve God. How have we been helped 13 by keeping his requirements and going about like mourners before the Lord who rules over all? 14 3:15 So now we consider the arrogant to be happy; indeed, those who practice evil are successful. 15 In fact, those who challenge 16 God escape!’”