What is the Storehouse
where the Tithes Go?
Things in the Old Testament were given for us to have examples of what to do and what not to do. Paul shows us this.
1 Cor 10:6
6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. (KJV)
1 Cor 10:11
11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. (KJV)
Obviously Paul is reciting some of Israel's history for us to profit from their example. Much of the Old Testament is still for our examples today. For instance, Malachi records that God commanded for the tithes to be brought into the storehouse.
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. (KJV)
The first question about this for us Christians today is this. What is this "storehouse?" Again the Old Testament pattern will answer this for us.
"Storehouse" is not the only word used to describe what this "storehouse" means. In 1 Chronicles 26:20, the word used is "treasures." In Nehemiah 13: 13 the word used is "treasuries." In 2 Chronicles 31:11, Nehemiah 12:44 and 13:5 the word "chambers" is used to describe the concept behind "storehouse." Finally, in Nehemiah 10:38, both the words "chambers" and "treasure house" is used.
From the above, we can readily see that "storehouse" is a place for God's treasures of tithes. But what are these treasures to be used for. This is the second question for us Christians concerning bringing our tithes into the storehouse. Compare all the Scriptures given above. Without exception, the treasures, meat, prey and/or spoil brought into the storehouse were for the support of the ministry.
This includes both buildings and ministers. They were for the support of the Levites all the way down to the most humble servant. These ministers and their helpers were the recipients of the benefits of the storehouse treasures.
None, absolutely none, of the ministers and helpers were to be left out. All of them were to receive their part.
These two things, then, were to be cared for from the storehouse treasures: the buildings and equipment and those who ministered in them and with them.
Today, many wonder why they tithe and the large blessings promised to them in return, do not seem to come their way. Could it be the storehouse they use does not support every member of the ministry like the above Scriptures plainly show?
For instance, the Bible speaks of the five-fold ministry of Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher. But so many, posing today as the "Storehouse," do not recognize at all the ministries of Apostle, Prophet and Evangelist.
Consequently, they violate the above instructions concerning the support of all ministries...all ministries!
Many storehouses today simply don't recognize some God ordained ministries. They will recognize workers in their organization, but not some of those in the Scriptures. These storehouses will fail to generate the large blessings promised to the tithers.
But God gave us a way around this. He instructed us to support "every good work." To generate the return He wants us to have is the reason why God instructed us to abound to "every good work." "Abound" here translates a word that means "to make wealthy." We are to support God's "every good work" to the point of "making it wealthy."
In so doing, the promise of large blessings kicks in again for us. He said He would "abound" to us. He will also "make us wealthy." At the very least, He will meet our needs.
This is the "storehouse." This "storehouse" takes care of both buildings, ministers and contains the Malachi promise: "blessings so large there will not be room enough to receive it!" If your storehouse doesn't even recognize the Bible ministries, they surely will not support them. Consequently, your return will be slight.
One final thought! Your storehouse should be where you get fed. Does your storehouse feed you with spiritual food?
Dr. Jay Snell: Author of several books concerning the healing, prosperity, family well being and salvation contained in the Abrahamic covenant for Christians. These books presented many times on TBN. Healing information galore on our Home Page.
Please give this faith building article away to those you feel will be blessed by it.