In Part 1, we learned how a Hindu woman had seen God live up to His part of the promise of the tithe when she had done her part. She also learned the reverse was true. She had reminded her husband to tithe after a large one-time business amount came into their household. He chose not to. Within two years, every penny of the funds invested had dried up. She became even more convinced of the tithe principle.
It amazes me how the promise in Malachi 3 is recognized by people of many different faiths. The principle does not require one to become a Jew, in the Old Testament, or a Christian, in the New Testament. This principle seems to be stand alone and independent of a background belief system. Even people who reject other parts of the Bible, but honor this principle, seem to be blessed in this area.
In this particular situation, the woman who first knew God’s word to be true by the tithe, decided to investigate further about other principles in the Bible since this one was true. She was not necessarily interested in pursuing God; she was interested in more blessings for her family. She also wanted God to hear her heart wishes for her family.
So she began reading the Bible to learn more. Parts of the Bible can be confusing. Surprisingly most of the Bible is written as a collection of stories that hold the interest of a reader like a good book. The Bible contains a lot of history as well as prose and practical ways of conducting one’s life that please God.
Ultimately she opened the Bible to Romans 10:9 one day and read, “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” In her innocent way, she said out loud what she knew about this man Jesus and agreed that He must still be alive because He had helped her, she asked to be saved from her sins as a Christ follower. Nothing major happened in that moment. Later, she looked back to recognize that was the moment she was adopted into God’s family.
Who would have guessed that testing God, as we are invited to do in Malachi, would bring someone into the Kingdom of God?
“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, tha there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” Malachi 3:10