The church is fond of quoting Malachi 3:8-10:
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.
But do the members ever read the book as a whole? Who is Malachi addressing?
The book opens (Malachi 1:1-2):
1 The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.
2 I have loved you, saith the Lord. …
The book continues in the voice of the Lord. In Malachi 1:6, the Lord tells us who he is addressing:
6 ¶A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. …
The entire book of Malachi is addressed to the priests of Israel. In the second phrase of
for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.
he tells us not who is doing the robbing, but a second victim. The priests have robbed the Lord AND this whole nation (the donors).
Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse
Is not telling the people to pay their tithing. The people have paid their tithing. This verse is telling the priests to return the tithes they’ve stolen to the people’s storehouse.
Just an observation.