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Malachi 3:7

Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them.
Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. But ye said, Wherein shall we return?
8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and
offerings.   9 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.   10 Bring ye all
the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the
LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall
not be room enough to receive it.  11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not
destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the
LORD of hosts.

We have here God's controversy with the people of that generation, for deserting his service and robbing
him-wicked servants indeed, that not only run away from their Master, but run away with their Master's

You have robbed me. The Lord expostulates with them upon it: Shall we be so daringly impudent as to rob
God? We are weak creatures, and cannot contend with God's power, shall we think to rob him forcibly?  
We, who lie open to God's knowledge, and we cannot conceal ourselves from that, shall we think to rob
him privily? We all depend upon God, and derive our all from him, shall we rob him that is our benefactor?
This is ungrateful, unjust, and unkind, indeed; and it is very unwise thus to provoke him from whom our
judgment proceeds. Why would anyone want to do violence to God? So some read it. Will a man do
violence to God? So some read it. Will a man stint or straiten him? So others read it. Robbing God is a
heinous crime.  Unfortunately, our high challenge in answer to that charge: But we say, Wherein have we
robbed thee? We plead Not guilty, and put God upon the proof of it. Note, Robbing God is such a heinous
crime that those who are guilty of it are not willing to own themselves guilty.

Those who would not support the work of God rob God, and know not what they do. They rob him of his
honor, rob him of that which is devoted to him, to be employed in his service, rob him of themselves, rob
him of sabbath-time, rob him of that which is given for the support of His work, and give him not his dues
out of their estates; and yet they ask, Wherein have we robbed thee?

For this they were cursed with a curse, Malachi 3:9. God punished them with famine and scarcity, through
unseasonable weather, or insects that ate up the fruits of the earth.

Now observe, 1. What a gracious invitation God gives them and to us to return and repent: "Return unto
me, and to your duty, return to your service, return to your allegiance, return as a traveller that has missed
his way, as a soldier that has ruin his colors, as a treacherous wife that has gone away from her husband;
return, thou backsliding sons and daughters, return to me; and then I will return unto you and be
reconciled, I will remove the judgments you are under and prevent those you fear."  

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