“Stick ‘em up, God!”

Posted by Tom Dunham on

“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings.”  – Malachi 3:8 NKJV

“All right, God, this is a hold-up! I’ve got the draw on You. Raise Your hands nice and slowly, so I can see them. That’s it. This will be over shortly. Now, let’s look at Your wallet. Slowly take it out of Your back pocket. Good. Let’s see what You’ve got in there. Ten crispy one-hundred dollar bills? Ten Franklins? A whole G? That’s a lot of money to be carrying around. Allow me to lighten the load. . . . Thank you. Now, I’ll be on my way. Don’t tell anyone about this, OK?”

God asks His people a question: “Will a man rob God?” At first glance it would seem absurd—like this fanciful account of God being held up. But God answers His own question: “Yes, it is possible to rob Me. And, yes, I have been robbed!” Whoa!

The first robbery I ever committed was when I about seven years old. My older brother talked me into stealing candy with him from a local grocer, who caught us and told us to tell our father. We did, and our dad, to teach us a lesson, took us to the police department and had the officers put us in jail for a few minutes to see how serious our offense was and what happens to people who live lives of crime. (Addendum to the story: Fifteen years later I married the grocer’s daughter!)

It’s a grave matter to refrain from giving to God. It reveals much about the heart, and it results in serious consequences: “You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation (Malachi 3:9 NKJV). Tomorrow we’ll visit the flip side of Malachi 3.

Submitted by:
Tom Dunham
Cottonwood Community Church
Grand Forks, North Dakota

One-Year Bible Reading
Joshua 13:1-14:15
Luke 18:1-17
Psalm 85:1-13
Proverbs 13:7-8

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