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September 11, 2020
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Pastor Robert continues The Blessed Life series with “What Test?” as he defines what tithing is and explains how it’s really a test of our hearts.

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  • ROBERT MORRIS: So,tithing is the test.
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  • And, but, here's somethingthat 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 foundwhere 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 Bibleactually says in one place
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  • that you can test God?
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  • Stay tuned.
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  • ♪ ♪
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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 througha lot of Scripture
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  • in this message.
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  • And I want to show you thattithing 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 amthe 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 thinkHe's saying there.
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  • I was nice andI'm still nice.
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  • All right?
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  • Verse 7, "Yet from the daysof your fathers,
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  • you have gone awayfrom My ordinances."
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  • Now, we're going to come backto 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 willreturn to you,'
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  • says the Lord of Hosts.
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  • 'But you said, 'In what wayshall 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 Godwho does not change talking.
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  • He said, "You go awayfrom My ordinances."
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  • I just need to probably tellyou, the word, "ordinance,"
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  • means a principleof ordinary behavior.
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  • You've gone away from myprinciples 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 noticethis 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 Godor 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 whatway 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 intothe 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 Jamesuses the word, "prove."
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  • The English Standard Versionuses 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 tounderstand how many times
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  • He puts says Lord of Hosts sowe remember who's talking here,
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  • the one who can't changeis talking.
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  • "'Test Me,' saysthe Lord of Hosts.
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  • 'If I will not open for youthe windows of heaven
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  • and pour out for you suchblessings, 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 destroythe fruit of your ground,
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  • nor shall the vine fail to bearfruit 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 isthe God who can't change.
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  • You have to remember that.
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  • And He says, "You've goneaway from My ordinances.
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  • You've gone away from Myordinary principles of behavior.
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  • Tithing is an ordinary principleof 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, "Becauseyou'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 understandso many times we say,
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  • "Well, Christians can't be undera curse because Christ
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  • bore the curse of the lawon the cross."
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  • He did.
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  • That is in regardsto our salvation.
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  • But are you saying then thatyou 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 crazyto 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 givesus stewardship over it,
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  • but He reserves ten percentfor Himself.
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  • That's why He says you'vestolen because He says,
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  • "I have set apart the tithefor 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 usedin Joshua 6:7,
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  • when they took the tithe theywere 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 makethese 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 becauseof that, you're under a curse
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  • and I don't want youunder a curse.
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  • I don't want you livingunder a curse,
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  • but you're voluntarily placingyourself under a curse
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  • because you're going awayfrom my ordinary principles
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  • of behavior."
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  • And so, I had a conversationwith the Lord one time,
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  • and I said, "Lord, the numberone reason that I hear
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  • that people don't tithe isthey 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 3and then there's a Malachi 4
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  • and then Matthew 1.
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  • Couldn't youhave 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 Testamentby like 15 verses.
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  • I mean, couldn't you havejust 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 rightwhere 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 arguesabout tithing,
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  • I think to myself, what isthe spirit behind this?
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  • Why would this person arguewhen God gave His Son for you
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  • and you won't even give Himten 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 believeHe 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 wordand 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 thisfrom that we know
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  • it's ten percent.
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  • Here's why I thinkHe chose ten percent.
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  • First of all, I think Hechose a percentage
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  • because it's fair to everyone.
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  • It doesn't matter if youmake $30.000 or $300.000,
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  • it's a penny on every dime.
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  • It's the samefor every person.
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  • But here's a reasonI 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 questionand 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 plagueswere there in Egypt?
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  • Ten, right?
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  • Now, I could have said ita 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 howmany plagues there were.
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  • All right?
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  • Here's the second question.
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  • How many commandmentsare there?
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  • Ten.
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  • OK.
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  • Now, I'm going to askanother 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 whereGod actually says this,
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  • you can read it later,all right?
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  • But -- and then I want youto say your answer just
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  • a little louder, OK?
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  • How many times did God testIsrael in the wilderness.
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  • That's correct. All right.
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  • How many times -- again, youmight not know this, but -- OK.
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  • How many times wereJacob's wages changed?
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  • Ten.
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  • God was testing his heart.
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  • How many days wasDaniel tested?
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  • How many virgins weretested in Matthew 25?
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  • How many days of testingare mentioned in Revelation?
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  • How many discipleswere 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 thatyou 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 foundwhere God says,
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  • "You can test Me."
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  • Test Me.
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  • This word, "Try," that issometimes translate "test,"
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  • or "prove," comes fromthe way you test a metal,
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  • the way you test goldto 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 seebecause 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 devourfor you, but it depends on
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  • whether you're going tothank Me and worship Me
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  • and walk in faith and whetheryou're going to believe
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  • that 90% with God's blessingwill go farther
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  • than 100% without.
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  • And you open an area of faithwhen 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 knowthat it's biblical.
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  • There are a lot of peoplethat 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 arebellious person.
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  • But a lot of peopledon't really believe
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  • it's in the Bible.
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  • They don't really believeit's for us today.
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  • So, let me show you someScriptures, all right?
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  • We'll get to 2 Chronicles 31in a moment.
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  • Genesis 14:18-20, "ThenMelchizedek, King of Salem,"
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  • Salem means peace,"brought out bread and wine."
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  • There's a representationof communion
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  • even in the Old Testament.
  • 00:10:17.032 --> 00:10:18.099
  • "He was the priestof God Most High.
  • 00:10:18.199 --> 00:10:20.335
  • And He blessed him," nowthat's talking about Abram,
  • 00:10:20.435 --> 00:10:23.104
  • Abraham, Abram, "and said,'Blessed be Abram of God
  • 00:10:23.204 --> 00:10:26.408
  • Most High, possessor ofheaven and earth,
  • 00:10:26.508 --> 00:10:28.109
  • and blessed be God Most Highwho has delivered your enemies
  • 00:10:28.209 --> 00:10:31.346
  • into your hand.'"
  • 00:10:31.446 --> 00:10:32.414
  • Now watch this.
  • 00:10:32.514 --> 00:10:33.815
  • "And he," that's Abram Abraham,"gave him," that's Melchizedek,
  • 00:10:33.915 --> 00:10:37.886
  • "a tithe of all."
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  • OK.
  • 00:10:41.089 --> 00:10:42.323
  • You need to know,if you don't know this,
  • 00:10:42.424 --> 00:10:44.125
  • theologically, this is about500 years before the law.
  • 00:10:44.225 --> 00:10:51.533
  • And Galatians says, "Abrahamis our spiritual father."
  • 00:10:51.633 --> 00:10:53.968
  • And Melchizedek, Hebrews says,is a type of Christ,
  • 00:10:54.069 --> 00:10:57.205
  • and many theologians believeit's actually Jesus Christ,
  • 00:10:57.305 --> 00:10:59.941
  • because it says he hasno genealogy.
  • 00:11:00.041 --> 00:11:01.843
  • That's what Hebrews says.
  • 00:11:01.943 --> 00:11:03.344
  • No mother, no father,no beginning of days,
  • 00:11:03.445 --> 00:11:06.481
  • no end of life.
  • 00:11:06.581 --> 00:11:08.249
  • IT's pretty amazing.
  • 00:11:08.349 --> 00:11:09.417
  • So, it's either Jesus Himselfor a type of Christ,
  • 00:11:09.517 --> 00:11:11.219
  • and our spiritual father,tithes, gives ten percent,
  • 00:11:11.319 --> 00:11:14.989
  • 500 years before the law.
  • 00:11:15.090 --> 00:11:21.396
  • Look at Genesis 28:22,this is talking about Jacob.
  • 00:11:21.496 --> 00:11:24.966
  • And this stone,which I've set up as a pillar
  • 00:11:25.066 --> 00:11:27.202
  • shall be God's house.
  • 00:11:27.302 --> 00:11:30.205
  • Again, an implication thatthe tithe goes to God's house.
  • 00:11:30.305 --> 00:11:32.941
  • And of all that you give me,I will surely give
  • 00:11:33.041 --> 00:11:35.677
  • a tenth to you.
  • 00:11:35.777 --> 00:11:37.712
  • This is about 400 yearsbefore the law.
  • 00:11:37.812 --> 00:11:40.482
  • Leviticus 27:30,"And all the tithe of the land,"
  • 00:11:40.582 --> 00:11:44.185
  • all of it.
  • 00:11:44.285 --> 00:11:45.520
  • "All the tithe of the land,whether of the seed of the land
  • 00:11:45.620 --> 00:11:48.790
  • or the fruit of the treeis the Lord's."
  • 00:11:48.890 --> 00:11:53.128
  • In other words,it belongs to the God.
  • 00:11:53.228 --> 00:11:55.563
  • "It is holy to the Lord."
  • 00:11:55.663 --> 00:11:57.799
  • Remember the word, "holy,"means set apart.
  • 00:11:57.899 --> 00:11:59.534
  • God has set itapart for him.
  • 00:11:59.634 --> 00:12:01.169
  • That's the only reason Hecould say, "You're stealing
  • 00:12:01.269 --> 00:12:03.505
  • from me because I set thatapart for my house
  • 00:12:03.605 --> 00:12:07.108
  • and if you keep it,then you're stealing it."
  • 00:12:07.208 --> 00:12:09.511
  • Deuteronomy 26:1-2, "And itshall be when you come into
  • 00:12:09.611 --> 00:12:13.681
  • the land, which the Lordyour God has given you
  • 00:12:13.782 --> 00:12:15.550
  • as an inheritance and youpossess it and dwell in it,
  • 00:12:15.650 --> 00:12:18.119
  • that you shall take some of youthe first, I'll show you
  • 00:12:18.219 --> 00:12:22.090
  • next week in just a moment,and later down in this passage
  • 00:12:22.190 --> 00:12:24.225
  • how that refers to the tithe,first of all the produce
  • 00:12:24.325 --> 00:12:27.862
  • of the ground, whichyou shall bring from the land
  • 00:12:27.962 --> 00:12:30.799
  • that the Lord your Godis giving you
  • 00:12:30.899 --> 00:12:32.500
  • and you put it in a basket,"now watch this,
  • 00:12:32.600 --> 00:12:34.302
  • "and go to the place wherethe Lord, your God,
  • 00:12:34.402 --> 00:12:38.273
  • chooses to make His name abide,again, referring to church.
  • 00:12:38.373 --> 00:12:42.911
  • Where you go to church.
  • 00:12:43.011 --> 00:12:44.279
  • You go to a place where the Lordchooses to make His name abide.
  • 00:12:44.379 --> 00:12:46.714
  • Then look at Verse 13.
  • 00:12:46.815 --> 00:12:48.082
  • "Then you shall say beforethe Lord your God,
  • 00:12:48.183 --> 00:12:50.351
  • "I have removed the holy tithe."
  • 00:12:50.451 --> 00:12:52.620
  • In other words,the set apart ten percent.
  • 00:12:52.720 --> 00:12:55.290
  • "The holy tithe from my houseand have given them
  • 00:12:55.390 --> 00:12:59.093
  • to the Levite, the stranger,the fathers and the widow."
  • 00:12:59.194 --> 00:13:01.863
  • He directed wherethe tithe was to go.
  • 00:13:01.963 --> 00:13:03.765
  • "According to allYour commandments,
  • 00:13:03.865 --> 00:13:05.366
  • which You have commanded me.
  • 00:13:05.466 --> 00:13:06.467
  • I've mot transgressedYour commandments,
  • 00:13:06.568 --> 00:13:08.670
  • nor have I forgotten them.
  • 00:13:08.770 --> 00:13:10.405
  • I've not eaten any ofit when in mourning."
  • 00:13:10.505 --> 00:13:12.640
  • I didn't use some of the tithewhen I went through
  • 00:13:12.740 --> 00:13:14.742
  • a difficult time.
  • 00:13:14.843 --> 00:13:15.944
  • "Nor, have I removed any ofit for any unclean use,
  • 00:13:16.044 --> 00:13:18.780
  • nor given any of itfor the dead.
  • 00:13:18.880 --> 00:13:21.115
  • I have obeyed the voice ofthe Lord, my God
  • 00:13:21.216 --> 00:13:24.185
  • and done according to all thatYou have commanded me.
  • 00:13:24.285 --> 00:13:26.654
  • Look down from Your holyhabitation from heaven
  • 00:13:26.754 --> 00:13:29.090
  • and blessed Your people."
  • 00:13:29.190 --> 00:13:31.259
  • I've removed the holy set aparttenth part from my house
  • 00:13:31.359 --> 00:13:36.798
  • and I've given it,brought it to Your house, Lord.
  • 00:13:36.898 --> 00:13:40.535
  • And now, He says,"After you do that,
  • 00:13:40.635 --> 00:13:43.104
  • you can pray this prayer.
  • 00:13:43.204 --> 00:13:44.405
  • Look down from heavenand bless Your servant."
  • 00:13:44.505 --> 00:13:46.174
  • OK.
  • 00:13:46.274 --> 00:13:47.075
  • Let me ask you a question,all right?
  • 00:13:47.175 --> 00:13:48.509
  • If Jesus said it, that youought to tithe, would you do it?
  • 00:13:48.610 --> 00:13:54.549
  • You want to see the verse?
  • 00:13:54.649 --> 00:13:57.652
  • Matthew 23:23, Jesus isspeaking, "Woe to you scribes
  • 00:13:57.752 --> 00:14:03.625
  • and Pharisees, hypocrites!
  • 00:14:03.725 --> 00:14:05.193
  • For you pay tithe," ten percent,"a mint, anise, and cumin,"
  • 00:14:05.293 --> 00:14:12.166
  • those are spices,"and have neglected
  • 00:14:12.267 --> 00:14:14.836
  • the weightier mattersof the law:
  • 00:14:14.936 --> 00:14:17.739
  • justice and mercy and faith."
  • 00:14:17.839 --> 00:14:20.508
  • Watch very carefully.
  • 00:14:20.608 --> 00:14:21.743
  • "These you ought to have donewithout leaving
  • 00:14:21.843 --> 00:14:26.948
  • the others undone."
  • 00:14:27.048 --> 00:14:30.351
  • OK, here's what Jesus said.
  • 00:14:30.451 --> 00:14:32.654
  • "You guys give tithes notonly of your first fruits,
  • 00:14:32.754 --> 00:14:37.692
  • but you even give tithes ofthe spices that you're going to
  • 00:14:37.792 --> 00:14:40.962
  • put on your food,but you've neglected justice,
  • 00:14:41.062 --> 00:14:44.999
  • mercy, and faith."
  • 00:14:45.099 --> 00:14:46.601
  • Then Jesus says,"You ought to do that.
  • 00:14:46.701 --> 00:14:51.306
  • You ought to do that.
  • 00:14:51.406 --> 00:14:53.875
  • But don't leavethe other undone."
  • 00:14:53.975 --> 00:14:57.211
  • That's Jesus.
  • 00:14:57.312 --> 00:15:01.215
  • You tithe, but you don'tdo this.
  • 00:15:01.316 --> 00:15:03.751
  • You ought to do that,but don't leave this undone."
  • 00:15:03.851 --> 00:15:09.190
  • Or, "You ought to dothose things,
  • 00:15:09.290 --> 00:15:10.892
  • but don't leave that undone."
  • 00:15:10.992 --> 00:15:12.894
  • Either way.
  • 00:15:12.994 --> 00:15:13.895
  • OK.
  • 00:15:13.995 --> 00:15:16.364
  • Hebrews talks about,again, Melchizedek and Jesus
  • 00:15:16.464 --> 00:15:19.667
  • and how mortal men receivetithes on this earth.
  • 00:15:19.767 --> 00:15:23.104
  • But, let me show you whatHebrew says, talking about
  • 00:15:23.204 --> 00:15:25.039
  • Jesus is our Melchizedek.
  • 00:15:25.139 --> 00:15:27.241
  • Watch this.
  • 00:15:27.342 --> 00:15:28.343
  • Hebrews 7:8, "Here,mortal men receive tithes,
  • 00:15:28.443 --> 00:15:34.615
  • but there He receives themof whom it is witness
  • 00:15:34.716 --> 00:15:41.622
  • that He lives."
  • 00:15:41.723 --> 00:15:43.157
  • Listen, you put your tithein a plate or offering bag
  • 00:15:43.257 --> 00:15:46.194
  • or basket, however it isthat you give your tithe,
  • 00:15:46.294 --> 00:15:48.896
  • mortal men take care of it,manage it, things like that,
  • 00:15:48.997 --> 00:15:52.133
  • but listen, in Heaven,He receives it,
  • 00:15:52.233 --> 00:15:55.003
  • of whom it is witnessed,He lives.
  • 00:15:55.103 --> 00:15:57.705
  • Jesus Christ receivesmy tithes.
  • 00:15:57.805 --> 00:16:01.676
  • That makes me want to tithe.
  • 00:16:01.776 --> 00:16:03.511
  • So, it is biblical.
  • 00:16:03.611 --> 00:16:05.480
  • And here's number three.
  • 00:16:05.580 --> 00:16:06.748
  • Tithing is a blessing.
  • 00:16:06.848 --> 00:16:09.083
  • Tithing is a blessing.
  • 00:16:09.183 --> 00:16:11.152
  • OK.
  • 00:16:11.252 --> 00:16:12.854
  • So, let me tell youabout 2 Chronicles 31.
  • 00:16:12.954 --> 00:16:15.289
  • Now, we're going toread there.
  • 00:16:15.390 --> 00:16:16.624
  • So, if you put a markerat 2 Chronicles 31.
  • 00:16:16.724 --> 00:16:19.293
  • Hezekiah one day is readingthe Scriptures.
  • 00:16:19.394 --> 00:16:24.098
  • And he sees these versesabout tithing.
  • 00:16:24.198 --> 00:16:27.035
  • And they're in aneconomic recession.
  • 00:16:27.135 --> 00:16:30.204
  • And he realizes,"We're under a curse,
  • 00:16:30.304 --> 00:16:33.274
  • the whole nation,because we're not tithing.
  • 00:16:33.374 --> 00:16:35.877
  • We're stealing from God."
  • 00:16:35.977 --> 00:16:37.145
  • So, that's where we pick upthis story, 2 Chronicles 31:4,
  • 00:16:37.245 --> 00:16:41.783
  • "Moreover, he commandedthe people who dwelt
  • 00:16:41.883 --> 00:16:43.985
  • in Jerusalem to contributesupport for the priest
  • 00:16:44.085 --> 00:16:48.022
  • and the Levites thatthey might devote themselves
  • 00:16:48.122 --> 00:16:51.492
  • to the law of the Lord."
  • 00:16:51.592 --> 00:16:53.694
  • Now, I just want -- juststop for just a moment.
  • 00:16:53.795 --> 00:16:55.997
  • Remember, Malachi said,"Bring the tithe
  • 00:16:56.097 --> 00:16:58.533
  • in the storehouse that theremay be food in my house."
  • 00:16:58.633 --> 00:17:01.702
  • And again, they weretalking about natural food.
  • 00:17:01.803 --> 00:17:03.805
  • But think about it today,spiritual food.
  • 00:17:03.905 --> 00:17:07.241
  • In fact, let me justask you something.
  • 00:17:07.341 --> 00:17:08.976
  • All right.
  • 00:17:09.077 --> 00:17:10.978
  • When you come to church,do you enjoy the food,
  • 00:17:11.079 --> 00:17:12.313
  • the spiritual food that you get?
  • 00:17:12.413 --> 00:17:13.848
  • Do you enjoy it?
  • 00:17:13.948 --> 00:17:14.949
  • Someone's paying for it.
  • 00:17:15.049 --> 00:17:16.951
  • So, let me askyou a question.
  • 00:17:17.051 --> 00:17:18.052
  • Let me just put it in a --talking about food here,
  • 00:17:18.152 --> 00:17:19.654
  • let me give you an analogy.
  • 00:17:19.754 --> 00:17:20.888
  • Would any of you here go toa restaurant, eat a meal,
  • 00:17:20.988 --> 00:17:25.860
  • and then leavewithout paying for it?
  • 00:17:25.960 --> 00:17:29.230
  • Any of you?
  • 00:17:29.330 --> 00:17:42.643
  • Some Christians do thatevery week.
  • 00:17:42.743 --> 00:17:47.515
  • They go to church, eat a meal,and skip out on the check.
  • 00:17:47.615 --> 00:17:53.688
  • Here's the sad thing.
  • 00:17:53.788 --> 00:17:56.824
  • You're the onethat's hurting.
  • 00:17:56.924 --> 00:17:58.960
  • I don't preach on tithingbecause the church needs money.
  • 00:17:59.060 --> 00:18:01.963
  • We're doing fine financially.
  • 00:18:02.063 --> 00:18:04.031
  • I promise you I'm doing thisto help you.
  • 00:18:04.132 --> 00:18:06.601
  • This'll change your life,your family, your finances,
  • 00:18:06.701 --> 00:18:09.504
  • your marriage,your children,
  • 00:18:09.604 --> 00:18:11.272
  • your grandchildren.
  • 00:18:11.372 --> 00:18:12.740
  • This will change you.
  • 00:18:12.840 --> 00:18:14.876
  • I promise you.
  • 00:18:14.976 --> 00:18:19.614
  • All right.
  • 00:18:19.714 --> 00:18:21.282
  • So, he puts out -- He says,"Everyone needs to bring
  • 00:18:21.382 --> 00:18:23.751
  • the tithe to the house of God."
  • 00:18:23.851 --> 00:18:25.920
  • Now, look at Verse 5,"As soon as the commandment
  • 00:18:26.020 --> 00:18:29.991
  • was circulated, the children ofIsrael brought in abundance
  • 00:18:30.091 --> 00:18:32.560
  • the first fruits."
  • 00:18:32.660 --> 00:18:34.095
  • Again, I'll show you next weekhow that relates to the tithe.
  • 00:18:34.195 --> 00:18:36.531
  • "Of grain and wine,oil, and honey,
  • 00:18:36.631 --> 00:18:39.634
  • and of all the produceof the field, and they brought
  • 00:18:39.734 --> 00:18:42.737
  • in abundantly the titheof everything."
  • 00:18:42.837 --> 00:18:45.640
  • There it is right thereshowing you it's the tithe.
  • 00:18:45.740 --> 00:18:47.408
  • "And the children of Israeland Judah,
  • 00:18:47.508 --> 00:18:49.677
  • who dwelt in the cities of Judahbrought the tithe
  • 00:18:49.777 --> 00:18:51.546
  • of oxen and sheep.
  • 00:18:51.646 --> 00:18:53.514
  • Also, the tithe of holy things,which were consecrated
  • 00:18:53.614 --> 00:18:56.050
  • to the Lord, their God,they laid in heaps.
  • 00:18:56.150 --> 00:18:59.086
  • In the third month,they begin laying in heaps
  • 00:18:59.187 --> 00:19:02.023
  • and they finishedin the seventh month."
  • 00:19:02.123 --> 00:19:04.091
  • Now, these months relateto the harvest.
  • 00:19:04.192 --> 00:19:05.927
  • OK?
  • 00:19:06.027 --> 00:19:06.894
  • "And when Hezekiahand the leaders came
  • 00:19:06.994 --> 00:19:09.096
  • and saw the heaps they blessedthe Lord
  • 00:19:09.197 --> 00:19:10.865
  • and His people Israel.
  • 00:19:10.965 --> 00:19:12.099
  • Then Hezekiah questionedthe priest and the Levites
  • 00:19:12.200 --> 00:19:15.436
  • concerning the heaps.
  • 00:19:15.536 --> 00:19:17.505
  • And Ezeriah, the Chief Priestfrom the House of Zadok
  • 00:19:17.605 --> 00:19:19.974
  • answered him and said,'Since the people began
  • 00:19:20.074 --> 00:19:22.777
  • to bring the offerings intothe house of the Lord,'"
  • 00:19:22.877 --> 00:19:26.247
  • again the tithe always comes --goes to the House of God,
  • 00:19:26.347 --> 00:19:28.649
  • "'we have had enough to eatand have plenty left for
  • 00:19:28.749 --> 00:19:32.820
  • the Lord has blessed His peopleand what is left
  • 00:19:32.920 --> 00:19:38.192
  • is this great abundance.'"
  • 00:19:38.292 --> 00:19:39.794
  • OK.
  • 00:19:39.894 --> 00:19:40.595
  • Here's what happens.
  • 00:19:40.695 --> 00:19:41.762
  • The King sends out the --this commandment and says,
  • 00:19:41.862 --> 00:19:45.233
  • "We're supposed to be tithingto the House of God.
  • 00:19:45.333 --> 00:19:47.101
  • So, the peoplebegin doing it.
  • 00:19:47.201 --> 00:19:48.636
  • They begin in the third month,which is a harvest time,
  • 00:19:48.736 --> 00:19:51.572
  • but then there is anotherharvest, the seventh month.
  • 00:19:51.672 --> 00:19:54.075
  • And they continuethrough that time.
  • 00:19:54.175 --> 00:19:55.977
  • And so, when the king comesto visit and sees these heaps,
  • 00:19:56.077 --> 00:19:59.880
  • heaps that the peoplebrought to the house of God.
  • 00:19:59.981 --> 00:20:01.749
  • Here's what inessence he says.
  • 00:20:01.849 --> 00:20:03.184
  • It says, "He questioned themabout the heaps."
  • 00:20:03.284 --> 00:20:05.086
  • Here's what he was saying.
  • 00:20:05.186 --> 00:20:06.187
  • "Are the people OK?
  • 00:20:06.287 --> 00:20:08.356
  • Are they OK?
  • 00:20:08.456 --> 00:20:09.290
  • I mean, look how muchthey've given
  • 00:20:09.390 --> 00:20:10.992
  • or do they have enough left?"
  • 00:20:11.092 --> 00:20:13.661
  • And the Priest said, "Oh, King,as soon as the people
  • 00:20:13.761 --> 00:20:19.100
  • started to do it God's way,God so blessed them,
  • 00:20:19.200 --> 00:20:24.772
  • what you're seeing hereis just the ten percent.
  • 00:20:24.872 --> 00:20:27.775
  • If you think there heaps here,go look at the 90%.
  • 00:20:27.875 --> 00:20:32.013
  • Go look at how God blessedHis people when they began
  • 00:20:32.113 --> 00:20:34.215
  • obeying His Word."
  • 00:20:34.315 --> 00:20:37.118
  • I've been in ministrynow for over 30 years.
  • 00:20:37.218 --> 00:20:41.389
  • I've heard two testimoniesfor that time about tithing --
  • 00:20:41.489 --> 00:20:45.593
  • consistent testimonies.
  • 00:20:45.693 --> 00:20:47.161
  • You know, Scripture saysin the mouth of two
  • 00:20:47.261 --> 00:20:49.130
  • or three witnesses.
  • 00:20:49.230 --> 00:20:50.364
  • OK, here are the two testimoniespeople have said to me.
  • 00:20:50.464 --> 00:20:53.901
  • Tithers consistently havesaid to me, "We are so blessed.
  • 00:20:54.001 --> 00:20:58.239
  • Boy, it all changedwhen we began tithing.
  • 00:20:58.339 --> 00:21:00.374
  • We are so blessed,Pastor Robert.
  • 00:21:00.474 --> 00:21:01.642
  • We are so blessed."
  • 00:21:01.742 --> 00:21:02.743
  • That's what tithers have said.
  • 00:21:02.843 --> 00:21:03.911
  • Here's what non-tithershave said.
  • 00:21:04.011 --> 00:21:06.047
  • "I can't afford to tithe."
  • 00:21:06.147 --> 00:21:08.983
  • That's their testimony.
  • 00:21:09.083 --> 00:21:10.518
  • I can't afford to tithe.
  • 00:21:10.618 --> 00:21:11.652
  • And again, not mean,not rebellious people, just,
  • 00:21:11.752 --> 00:21:14.555
  • "I can't afford to tithe."
  • 00:21:14.655 --> 00:21:15.790
  • Listen to me, you will neverbe able to afford to tithe
  • 00:21:15.890 --> 00:21:19.026
  • until you tithe.
  • 00:21:19.126 --> 00:21:21.762
  • Because tithing iswhat breaks the curse
  • 00:21:21.862 --> 00:21:24.432
  • and rebukes the devourer.
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  • As soon as you start to getahead, something else
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  • will break because the devourer.
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  • But tithing iswhat 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 youto take care of My wife.
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  • Ten percent,you can keep the 90."
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  • Let me just -- just toremind 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 personalto 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 justtake it away
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  • and give to the others."
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  • If you don't think Jesuswill do that,
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  • read the parableof the talents."
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  • When he took from the onethat wasn't faithful
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  • and gave it to the onewho was faithful.
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  • He wants to provide for you.
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  • But why would He provideand bless people
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  • who will not even beconcerned about His wife.
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  • It's a test.
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  • And it's very importantthat we pass this test.
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  • Every time we get paid,we take a test.
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  • And that test is, whom arewe 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 areaof your life,
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  • including your finances.
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  • For me, it was kind of,a stay away from that
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  • and let's talk about otherthings and let's get
  • 00:25:04.685 --> 00:25:06.520
  • God involved in all the otheraspects of my life,
  • 00:25:06.620 --> 00:25:08.422
  • but, you know what,the money thing,
  • 00:25:08.522 --> 00:25:09.990
  • let's just kind of holdthat off.
  • 00:25:10.090 --> 00:25:11.325
  • And it was a real strugglefor me.
  • 00:25:11.425 --> 00:25:12.560
  • You know, it came down to,basically, if I really say
  • 00:25:12.660 --> 00:25:15.362
  • I'm putting God first inmy life, then prove it.
  • 00:25:15.462 --> 00:25:18.132
  • At first, the definitionof tithing to me was,
  • 00:25:18.232 --> 00:25:20.668
  • an admission ticket to church,as sad as that sounds to say.
  • 00:25:20.768 --> 00:25:24.204
  • It was, I'd go to churchand we'd pull money
  • 00:25:24.305 --> 00:25:26.740
  • out of the walletand put in the basket.
  • 00:25:26.840 --> 00:25:29.410
  • But, I think therewas like a progression.
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  • I think that that took placeand really felt like
  • 00:25:30.844 --> 00:25:33.247
  • 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 talkedabout it a lot.
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  • Prayed about it.
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  • We were not in the same placesprobably the same time,
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  • I think regarding it,and stuff.
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  • But, you know, we just prayed,and I was like, OK,
  • 00:25:51.532 --> 00:25:53.467
  • if this is somethingyou want us to do, Lord,
  • 00:25:53.567 --> 00:25:54.702
  • then we're going to need yourhelp to kind of --
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  • to move us and to helpbring this about.
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  • I started to feel a greatsense of peace for work,
  • 00:26:00.641 --> 00:26:03.477
  • or for our personal life,for our family.
  • 00:26:03.577 --> 00:26:06.213
  • I know thatGod's in control.
  • 00:26:06.313 --> 00:26:08.716
  • And if I'm doing the rightthing and being a good steward
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  • of money or I'm beinga good steward of my time
  • 00:26:10.818 --> 00:26:13.554
  • or being a good stewardin trying to help build
  • 00:26:13.654 --> 00:26:16.323
  • His kingdom, He blesses meand pours into me with that
  • 00:26:16.423 --> 00:26:20.561
  • sense of calm and peaceand confidence.
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  • I think the hardest partis starting.
  • 00:26:22.730 --> 00:26:24.565
  • The hardest partis the first step.
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  • And my challengewould be just do it.
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  • Just do it.
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  • Put God first in your life.
  • 00:26:31.472 --> 00:26:33.207
  • It doesn't mean you'realways perfect,
  • 00:26:33.307 --> 00:26:34.642
  • but Him first in your life,especially in this area,
  • 00:26:34.742 --> 00:26:36.744
  • and you'll be over blessed.
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  • My only regret is wedidn't do it sooner.
  • 00:26:40.114 --> 00:26:45.853
  • Better late than never.
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  • Better late than never.
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  • ♪ ♪
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  • ANNOUNCER: Living your best lifeisn't about having a dream home,
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  • It's about changesin your family, health,
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  • and relationships.
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  • that there is so muchmore to life.
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  • "The Secretsof Living Your Best Life."
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