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Compare The Verses - By Trey Searcy

Earthly Blessings or Heavenly Blessings?

Under Covenant, Israel is promised earthly-material blessings:

Ezekiel 44:30 And the first of all the firstfruits of all things, and every oblation of all, of every sort of your oblations, shall be the priest's: ye shall also give unto the priest the first of your dough, that he may cause the blessing to rest in thine house

Malachi 3:10 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.

Under Grace, we are promised heavenly-spiritual blessings:

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ

Staying within the parameter of context is key when looking for answers to our bible questions. Those who are intellectually honest will not go outside the criterion to try and further their agenda. We should never abandon context in an attempt to make passages fit within our denominational belief system.

Example: above is Ezekiel 44:30. Look at it again and ask yourself, who is the "thine"? Who is the "thine" that receive the material blessings?

If you're honest your answer should be, the circumcised "house of Israel" identified in verse 22 of the same chapter.

Let's try again. This time with the Malachi chapter 3. Go read it, and when you're done, ask yourself, who is the "LORD of hosts" promising material blessings to if they will obey Him?

Again, if you are honest, your answer will be those of "Judah and Jerusalem" identified in verse 4 of the same chapter.

Bible study is not all that hard, the problem is, we HARDLY do it. Most have decided to let their preacher do it for them.

"You never find yourself until you face the truth."