“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of Hosts, “If I will not open the windows of heaven and pour out for you such a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” Mal. 3:10
This is an instance in Scripture when God invites His people to put Him to the test. What had they been doing that God would address them as such? In vs. 8 and 9, in Malachi 3, the Lord tells them that they had stolen from Him those things that were divinely His. And yet the people ask, “In what way have we robbed You?” The Lord answers that they had stolen from Him those things that were to be set apart to the Lord. But then He says, “Go ahead….test Me! See if I won’t open the windows of heaven and pour out such a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”
The Lord then takes another step into their false religious thought and unrighteous behavior. Knowing their thoughts and their ways, He confronts them with their wrong evaluation that for someone to obey God guarantees no reward. They said, “Only the proud and wicked prosper.” (Vs. 15)
God invited His people to see how far He would go in blessing. The wicked and the proud said, “Let’s see how far we can test God in doing evil.”
The Book of Malachi ends with an encouraging word for those who would be faithful. “Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another.” (Vs. 16) And it says that the Lord listened and heard them.
Who are those He heard? He heard those who feared Him. And the Lord said, “These are mine! On the day that I make them My special treasure (jewels). And I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.” (Vs. 17)
Finally in chapter 5, it becomes evident that the proud and wicked will perish in that final judgment. But to those who fear the name of the Lord, “the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings.” Why? Because……these who fear the Lord are His special treasure!