If you tithe, will God “open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need”? While Malachi 3:10 is often used to encourage tithing among parishioners, the passage is not primarily about giving—or getting. In the latest issue of Bible Study Magazine, Douglas Mangum addresses the historical and literary context of Malachi’s message.
Subscribe now to get the Mar–Apr ’14 issue, and you’ll receive these articles on the Minor Prophets:
- A Family Picture: Obadiah contains some of the Bible’s most scathing remarks regarding the nation of Edom. Understand how this snapshot of a national dispute fits into the greater biblical narrative.
- A Prophet on the Run: Catch the final installment of Not Your Average Bible Study on the rebel prophet, Jonah.
- God of War or Peace? The prophets’ depictions of God can seem confusing. Is he a powerful warrior (Mal. 4:1)? Or is he a God of peace, who looks forward to a day when “nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore” (Isa. 2:2–4)?
- Wrestling with God: When God reveals his plan to Habakkuk, it’s far from what the prophet expected. What lessons does this text have for us today?
You’ll also receive a cover story on Craig Groeschel, a feature story on Christianity in Hong Kong, and four book reviews. Subscribe to Bible Study Magazine today to get the Mar–Apr ’14 issue!