Malachi 3:7-12, The Lord of Hosts...Receive from Me.

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We have already considered God's commands to Return to Him and Release to Him.  Today we see His promise in Malachi 3:10-12...Receive from me.

III.  Receive from Me    v10b-11

A third thing we see in Malachi 3:7-12 is that we receive from God.  In the latter part of verse 10 through verse 11 we read, “and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. 11 Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the LORD of hosts.”  God anticipated His people saying, we can’t give that much.  We can’t just open our hand!  So God said, Test me.  See if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour out on you a blessing until it overflows!  The words “windows of heaven” are the same ones used in Genesis 7:11 to describe when God opened the sky to release the floodwaters that covered the earth.  You open the resources I have given you up to me and I will bless and use and amaze!  I will rebuke the devourer and your money will go farther than it ever has before.  Try me.  This is a promise.  They thought, “we can’t afford to give.”  God corrects them.  No, you can’t afford not to give.  Test me. 

We read in 2 Corinthians 9:6-10, “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; 9 as it is written, “HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.” 10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.”  Sow bountifully and reap bountifully the grace of God so that you might have an abundance for every good work.  You return to Him, release to Him, and you will receive seed from Him for sowing so that you can see an increase in the harvest, which leads to verse 12.  

We read, “All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,” says the LORD of hosts.” The Lord of Hosts is magnified, praised, and feared because His people are blessed in order to be a blessing to the nations.  He blessed us.  We open our hand to Him.  He uses what we have to bless others, and that in turn is a blessing and encouragement to us. The Lord of Hosts mercifully calls us to return to Him, generously provides for us so that we can release to Him, and graciously pours out blessings that we can receive from Him so that we can show His glory to the nations.

 

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