The Trust Test

Randy Bezet

In God We Trust

March 26, 2023

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The Trust Test

March 26, 2023

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Malachi 3:7–12 (ESV): Return to me, and I will return to you, says theLord of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’ 8 Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and [offerings]. 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house [Temple]. 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. 11 I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. 12 Then all nations will call you blessed…


1. Tithing is a Trust Test 

Exodus 13:1-2, 12 (NIV): The Lord said to Moses, 2 "Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me... 12 you are to give over to the Lord the first offspring of every womb.All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the Lord.

Exodus 23:19 (NIV): Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the Lord your God.

Proverbs 3:9-10 (NIV): Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.  


- It proves God’s ability to bless 


- Not tithing robs us

 Proverbs 14:12 (ESV): There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.


2. Tithing is Biblical 

Genesis 14:18–20 (NIV): Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, 19 and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. 20 And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Genesis 28:20–22 (NIV): Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear 21 so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord will be my God 22 and this stone that I have setup as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”

Deuteronomy 26:1–2,13-15 (NIV): When you have entered the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it, 2 take some of the firstfruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land the Lord your God is giving you and put them in a basket.Then go to the place the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name… 13 Then say to the Lord your God: “I have removed from my house the sacred portion and have given it to the Levite… 14 I have not eaten any of the sacred portion while I was in mourning, nor have I removed any of it while I was unclean, nor have I offered any of it to the dead. I have obeyed the Lord my God; I have done everything you commanded me. 15 Look down from heaven, your holy dwelling place, and bless your people Israel and the land you have given us as you promised on oath to our ancestors, a land flowing with milk and honey.”

Proverbs 3:9–10 (NIV): Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Matthew 23:23 (NIV): 3 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”

- My house

3. The Blessing of the Test 

Malachi 3:10 (NIV): Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

Malachi 3:12 (ESV): Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.